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Inclusive Saturdays

Workshops for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

CMA’s Inclusive Saturday Classes provide a free opportunity for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their family and friends. CMA Teaching Artists are trained in facilitating structured workshops are specifically designed to help children with autism develop social skills, creative problem-solving, and expression through art. The program’s supportive environment also helps strengthen family ties and builds a sense of community for families affected by Autism.

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Inclusive Saturday Sessions

Ages 7 & Under

Inclusive Saturdays: stART

Audience: Children ages 1-7 years old with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

Led by our renowned stART Studio Teaching Artists, this engaging and fun bimonthly class encourages children to explore different art mediums through sensory experiences, music, and movement activities. Children build motor skills and self-regulated independence and social skills while connecting with their siblings and caregivers.

2019-2020 Session Dates: 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23, 12/7, 12/21, 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/29, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9

Time: 9:30-10:45 AM

Location: stART Studio at CMA

Please note that registration opens two weeks before each program date. Click here to reserve your spot.

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Ages 8 & Up

Inclusive Saturdays: 8+

Audience: Children ages 8-15 years old with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

This free monthly class uses art and technology to build peer-to-peer relationships and digital storytelling skills. Families will look closely at an artwork for inspiration for their collaborative film clips. Students will experiment with animation and sound techniques while exploring different art mediums.

Registration is on a per-semester basis.

Winter 2019-2020 Session Dates: 1/11, 2/8, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9

Time: 9:30-10:45 AM

Location: CMA

Registration for Winter 2020 8+ is now open! Please click here to register.

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“I am always so impressed these programs at CMA are of such high quality AND free of charge. Families of special-needs kids in NYC really, really want/need to participate in the arts (and it’s a big reason everyone loves living here), but there are so many reasons this can be hard. So kudos to you guys for doing this. We are very grateful, and I will tell all of our friends in the autism community.”

“​I do not think the arts are as valued in a typical school setting so being able to participate in art activities is educational and fantastic for my daughter’s creativity. Socially, to be around other children is usually difficult for my daughter but she did so well. The teaching artists were so supportive and made conversation with her. Also, I like the subtle ways she was challenged in the activities. For instance, during the painting activity the teaching artist asked where on her canvas she wanted the paint. To be able to articulate her vision and​ her needs​,​ was challenging and great for her. The Stripes stART program is nothing short of amazing. The activities are wonderful, the workshop is fantastic, and the teaching artists are amazing folks.”

“It was a group setting and teacher had everyone introduce themselves- my child has difficulty socializing with peers so this was great. Also, creating the animated films in a small group was perfect, he had to work closely with 2 other children. He had to practice following directions and waiting for the rest of the group, he tends to roam off and to finish activities quickly but he had to be patient, which is something we are always actively waiting on. Also, listening to an adult other than the ones he is familiar with.”

“This was my son’s first time ever making a “movie” of any kind — so really cool introduction to the process, taking his love of drawing and storytelling to the next level in a non-intimidating way.”

This program is supported by Liselotte and Robin Vince, the Barbara Hunt McLanahan Memorial Fund, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Jennifer & Jonathan Soros Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, the Louis Legacy Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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