arts programming

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.

 

current programs
SEE US Pop-up

A pop-up art exhibition that represents artwork by neurodivergent artists. Together with Roadkill Gallery, A.drift Arguello’s vision comes to life with the show SEE US to bring transparency to autism awareness.

The show SEE US will showcase artwork by local (Western PA) neurodivergent artists in collaboration with Hop Farm Brewery and Contemporary Craft.

Why "See Us"? Visit Roadkill Gallery to learn more!

 

 Whats Happening!

  • Explore and safely shop Roadkill Gallery's 10'x10' Art Cube with over 20 neurodivergent artists. 

  • Check out a live demo from Contemporary Craft's well-known artists, Daniel Baxter and his Kreepy Doll Factory.

Additonal Details

  • Visitors can purchase work from artists using cash, PayPal, Venmo, or CashApp.

  • Enjoy a beer from Hop Farm in their spacious cross-ventilated garage bay area.

  • After you admire the artwork, walk a few blocks down to Contemporary Craft's new location.

THERE’S MORE! The team at Hop Farm Brewery will choose one of the SEE US artists to design a label for one of their rotating beers cans! The artist will be chosen at the end of the event on the 17th.

JOIN US at Hop Farm on April 17th, 2021 at 11-6pm

INTERESTED in showcasing your artwork? APPLY HERE by March 27

Questions? email info@evolve-coaching.org

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future camp

10 days of engaging group and one-on-one arts instruction designed to help students prepare for their futures through lessons in creative expression.

Instruction will prepare students to expand their confidence in communication through the use of presentations, interviews, auditions, critiques, and more.  Students will learn to view the world, and themselves, in a more holistic way.

Teaching approaches will include:

  • Daily presentations on developing skills and building a life that fits you delivered by disability self-advocates, artists and entrepreneurs 

  • Daily at-home projects that stretch the limits of students’ imaginations and problem solving skills by requiring unique approaches to using available resources and time

  • Daily opportunities for professional communication and peer interaction

  • Daily opportunities for  developing new professional  skills, including presenting, interviewing, project management, and teamwork

Examples of Storytelling through new media*:

  • Performance: holding the attention of an audience, identifying critical storytelling elements, understanding platforms for virtual performance.

  • Narrative writing: fan fiction, poetry, original short stories, reporting and memoir

  • Interviewing/Podcasting: digital editing and sound production

  • Visual arts: comics, illustrations, online/digital publishing

*Topics and use of media may vary depending on students’ interests and goals.

JOIN US ONLINE Monday through Friday, July 26 - August 6, 2021

 

Apply Here, or reach out to Joe@evolve-coaching.org for more information.

evening of arts for autism gallery show

An annual show featuring 12-20 Western Pennsylvania artists with developmental disabilities.

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creating accessible video content project

Thanks to generous support from FISA Foundation, nine students are learned to:

  • Edit film content using Adobe Premiere

  • Write scripts for audio descriptions for blind and visually impaired audiences

  • Utilize closed captioning software

 

Participants will apply what they have learned by adding closed captioning and audio descriptions to Evolve’s 2018 production Parallels

 

Following our March 13th launch, program graduates will offer accessible film content to the community.

Does your organization have a need for a PSA, commercial, social media, or other video content? Reach out to johanna@evolve-coaching.org to tell us more about your project.

Kelsey Robinson

Project Coordinator

Vivienne Shaffer

Audio Description Consultant

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.

film productions

Parallels is a short film about the special relationship between two teenage brothers, Ray and Rick, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. The film follows the brothers through a seemingly normal day at home, at school, and out in the world. In reflecting about the day’s events with their counselor, each brother discovers something about the other -- and about themselves. 

 

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. “In our film, we cover a lot of real situations that I’ve experienced in my own life since high school. We show how a person with autism may struggle to receive a compliment, or how they may have to do specific things to prepare for their day. It was really important to me to capture a lot of the social situations that people with autism can find to be stressful or uncomfortable.”

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On the set of Parallels