arts programming +
Evening of Arts for Autism!
Visual artists, writers, performers, and budding filmmakers are essential members of the Evolve community. Our arts programs provide exciting opportunities for artists to expand their social networks and leverage their creative skills in any field.
evening of arts for autism GALLERY SHOW & FUNDRAISER
November 6th, 2021 at the historic Brew House Association Gallery
Join us for a spectacular evening celebrating neurodiverse & disabled artists while supporting Evolve's year-round programming in education, employment, and the arts.
Support this annual fundraiser today by doing joining us in person, or from the comfort of your home on Saturday, November 6th. Doors open at 6:30, and the show begins at 7:00.
Your donation will directly support our community of artists.
Here's what to expect at the Evening of Arts for Autism:
Enter the Brew House gallery and receive a sparkling beverage poured by Iron City Circus Arts aerial performers - suspended from the ceiling!
Then, stroll through the gallery to view (and purchase!*) artwork created by Evolve community members and other local artists with disabilities while being entertained by the likes of jugglers and other circus performers.
Enjoy scrumptious local food and beverages.
Peruse our impressive silent auction and bid on items and experiences that will make your heart sing because you'll be doing something for yourself AND donating to an amazing community of artists, college students, and job-seekers.
Wrap up an eventful evening with an exhilarating grand finale performance by Iron City Circus Arts and Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative, and gather your artwork and winnings from the silent auction.
An ASL interpreter will be present and we will offer a sensory friendly space available to any of our guests.
*50% of the proceeds from sold gallery pieces will go directly to the artists and 50% will support the fundraiser.
An annual show featuring 20 Western Pennsylvania artists with developmental disabilities.
Ticket and event info will be released shortly!
FUTURE CAMP offers 10 days of engaging group and one-on-one arts instruction designed to help teens, and adults, age 12 and up prepare for their futures through lessons in creative expression.
On July 26th, we wrapped this incredible camp experience and can't wait to share some of the work created by our Future Campers at the 9th Annual Evening of Arts for Autism on November 6th! Below is a sampling of some of the fun we had!
Thank you to Winchester Thurston School, ACHIEVA, and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for your support!
monthly creative challenges
Led by our community members, these monthly challenges are intended to stretch and build our artists’ creative muscles to keep them actively producing work.
about the film
In the summer of 2017, more than a dozen teens and young adults with autism, in partnership with the Evolve team and film industry professionals, collectively wrote the script for Parallels, a short film about the special relationship between a young teenager on the autism spectrum and his brother.
“A lot of things about Parallels make me proud, but I am most proud of being an autistic person and representing a person with autism in our film,” said Joe Hnath, the 18-year-old actor playing the role of the autistic brother, Rick, in the film. “I have a brother in real life, so this experience has reminded me of my own family and it has inspired me to look into producing, directing, and acting as a career.”
The production of Parallels offered a unique opportunity for the participants to pursue their love of filmmaking while gaining professional skills that are transferable to any work environment.
“For me, it was very important to show people the real experiences that people with autism have that others may not think about,” said Jared Braun, the 21-year-old director of Parallels.
SEE US art show
In an effort to recognize and celebrate people who identify as autistic or neurodiverse, local neurodivergent artist a.drift arguello, Roadkill Gallery and Evolve Coaching are joined forces during World Autism Month to create SEE US, an Art Pop-Up event.
Those who identify as neurodiverse can struggle to feel seen and heard in a world that adheres to inflexible societal norms. Neurodiverse community members who see and experience the world through a unique lens have a great deal to offer - and this show highlighted these artists whose work deserves to be seen and shared.
To learn more about the artists, and see artwork from the show, visit Roadkill Gallery's SEE US page.