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.
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.
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evening of arts for autism gallery show
An annual show featuring 12-20 Western Pennsylvania artists with developmental disabilities.
creating accessible video content project
Thanks to generous support from FISA Foundation, nine students are learning 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 captions and audio description to Evolve’s 2019 production Parallels.
In 2021, Evolve will hire graduates of this program to offer accessible video content to the community.
Does your organization have a need for a PSA, commercial, social media, or other video content? Reach out to email@example.com to tell us more about your project.
monthly creative challenges ... coming soon!
Led by our community members, these monthly challenges are intended to stretch and build our artists’ creative muscles to keep them actively producing work.
Parallels is a short film created by Evolve students and produced by the Evolve team, about the special relationship between two teenage brothers, Ray and Ricky, 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.”