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The Forest Awaits You

There is an age-old saying about looking to the forest by perceiving beyond the trees.

Go to the source #ActuallyAutistic people for inside information...

Go to the source #ActuallyAutistic people for inside information…

 

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I think most folks have learned if you only focus on one tree you will likely miss that the tree is part of a larger community, a stand, a grove or a FOREST.

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Looking at the entire FOREST is always hard for people living in and concerned only about …just one tree.

 

 

 

Satchi Art Vicious Circle painting by Rob van Heetum

Satchi Art Vicious Circle painting by Rob van Heetum

Which becomes the proverbial, vicious cycle. Trying to understand a single tree can only be done by gathering info from the stand, the beautiful grove… the FOREST of information.

 

 

 

 

Tree hugging in a Santa Cruz redwood FOREST...7 yrs. ago.

Tree hugging in a Santa Cruz redwood FOREST…7 yrs. ago.

My son stands in his Autistic roots. The roots and branches of a tree naturally trellising through the fabric of his glorious DNA. It colors and shades his sensory world and his growth- grafting- patterns with unique and challenging differentials.

 

 

He does not stand alone. There are hundreds and thousands of Autistic people that experience the world as he does and/or have an understanding of those differentials each other experience. An actual inner-standing of his Neurodivergent experience. Over the past decades the community of Autistic adults have grafted together, compared notes and have realized this wonderful fact filled FOREST.  

2016 ANCA World Autism Festival. Innovators, Artists...Friends standing tall together.

2016 ANCA World Autism Festival. Innovators, Artists…Friends standing tall together.

When you view the vast amounts of #ActuallyAutistic people on-line and in the world as a FOREST of knowledge, sharing crucial information about individual trees… you can breathe in that life sustaining information.

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You can research the Autism traits and factors that seem to be pertinent to the tree you love and care for. There is absolutely no excuse or reason to hang out on a limb in one tree when there is an amazing informative canopy, a FOREST of wonder, discovery and successful truths awaiting you and your Autistic loved one.

 

2018 Pasadena Chalk Festival art by Kelly Green & Carissa Paccerelli

2018 Pasadena Chalk Festival art by Kelly Green & Carissa Paccerelli

STOP being “puzzled” by Autism trapped in a ‘one tree bubble’ with other parents. Look beyond that singular tree to the amazing and enchanting FOREST of Autistic culture. READ, LEARN and LISTEN how to best support and care for Autistic people that have long needed this loving innerstanding!

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AutismHWY Chalk Festival 2018 : Infinitely GR8!

cf18 stac aa It’s hard to believe our 8th Festival looking up to and celebrating the HeART of Neurodiversity has already been chalked up, fully experienced and is now gone with the beautiful chalk dust wind! The fleeting beauty of our day filled with love; artistry, connection and friendship comes and goes within the BLINK of an eye every year!  You really should experience the artistic and energetic joy that flows so willingly all day long through the colorful blend of people and the differing ways of being them!

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Tracy Lee Stum conjurs up Bob Ross and Transition teacher Ron Chatto enjoys the view!

Tracy Lee Stum conjurs up a 3D Bob Ross and Transition teacher Ron Chatto thoroughly enjoys the view!

 

 

Free expressions taken to bigger and bolder dimensions with each and every design and story that emerges here. We really must expand this feeling to more than just the second Saturday each April!

Enjoy the sights and dreamy designs we ALL crafted this year while we still sift, sort, identify and absorb the import of it ALL.

Classic Carissa Paccerelli.

Classic Carissa Paccerelli.

Music rocking OUR chalking... by Susan Sheller and Mark Tremalgia for the 3rd yr!

Music rocking OUR chalking… by Susan Sheller and Mark Tremalgia for the 3rd yr!

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Stacy Nalapraya!

Stacy Nalapraya!

RANDALL WILLIAMS represents for our drum circle equipment sponsor REMO Recreational Music Center in Valencia!

RANDALL WILLIAMS represents for our drum circle equipment sponsor REMO Recreational Music Center in Valencia!

Alan Bruni brought the Rumbling Rhythm !!

Alan Bruni brought the Rumbling Rhythm !!

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Lysa Ashley proves Giraffes can indeed dance!

Lysa Ashley proves Giraffes can indeed dance!

...based on the book Giraffes Can't Dance!

…based on the book Giraffes Can’t Dance!

BEST of SHOW ...Stephen Wiltshire rendered by William Zin! WoW!

BEST of SHOW …Stephen Wiltshire rendered by William Zin! WoW!

Sabrina Z Art & Au Valencia!

Sabrina Z Art & Au Valencia!

GIRAFFE!!

GIRAFFE!!

Gus Moran is ALL IN!

Gus Moran is ALL IN!

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Liz Pritchard (PaperBag Comic) flies in from New York again!!

Liz Pritchard (PaperBag Comic) flies in from New York again!!

Joyce H. ...for HAPPY!

Joyce H. …for HAPPY!

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Lesley Perdomo's magnificent version of Dan Akroyd!

Lesley Perdomo’s magnificent version of Dan Akroyd!

Sam Smith brought his jam!

Sam Smith brought his jam…again!

IKEA SYANCE chalks with us again!!

IKEA SYANCE chalks with us again!!

Rod Tryon's delightful Award winning entrée... !!

Rod Tryon’s delightful Award winning entrée…Duck Soup !!

King Jeremy Bernstein! JJ Jewelers 8th yr. vendor!!

King Jeremy Bernstein! JJ Jewelers 8th yr. vendor!!

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Lorelle Miller joins us gracefully.

Lorelle Miller joins us gracefully.

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Zoe Cobain's beautiful Koi Dream

Zoe Cobain’s beautiful Koi Dream

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Grand daughter Sadie...starting her street painting experience at age 1!

1ST Grand daughter Sadie…starting her street painting experience at age 1!

Lori Antoinette W of LANT ART...chalks up...Sadie's sweet dreams 2018!!

Lori Antoinette W of LANT ART…chalks up…Sadie’s sweet dreams 2018!!

OH &…We MADE THE LOCAL PAPER!! While we anxiously await OUR EVENT VIDEO being built by Manuel Valenzuela!

Take a look at the SGV Tribune’s on-line PHOTO GALLERY HERE

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…& JOIN US next year on the 2nd Saturday in April, 4-13-19!

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Chalking Up Infinite Friendships

If you have never been to a Chalk Festival you should really remedy that. So much connection is happening at each and every event. Cities and communities are now feeling the ‘power of the chalk’ and festivals highlighting street art are popping up on many HWY’s circling the globe!
GLOBAL Recognition...for ALL of US!

 

Artists have always known the healing powers that free expression addresses. Art helps us ALL define where and how we live in life. So naturally, chalk lends itself well to every possible community expression out there! It’s a relatively cheap medium and has maximum transformative power without permanently changing the community outwardly.

 

Inwardly…well, that is THE whole “other story” isn’t IT?

 

 

 

Chalk Art Festivals enable us to experience a rollercoaster of thought and emotion encompassed within a colorful blend of sensory bliss. So, IN REALITY all chalk festivals are theme parks for the soul. A stroll through a park that can and WILL bring us to places we never knew we would land! Places we need to BE.
cf17sn Stacy Nalapraya dreamed up this powerful imagery last year which colorfully brands the world as it is, a place of infinite natural diversity. When I see this it resonates powerfully within me and I believe within us ALL. It depicts that powerful DREAM in which this event was created and will always reside. A home where we can all assemble as valued souls with something wonderful to contribute no matter who or how we are. A world of acceptance and enjoyment is embodied at these infectious outdoor affairs. Ask anyone that has attended our festival as we embark on year #8. Fabulous friends from near and far connecting these simple yet crucial -life affirming dots- with drums, love and chalk!
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Dreaming in Autistic Culture Technicolor

GIVING IT...OUR ALL.

GIVING IT…OUR ALL.

Soon it will be our favorite time of year! Time to share our lives with the community through our artistic translations at the AutismHWY Chalk festival. Heiroglyphicly baring our souls. Etching our heARTs and brilliant minds into the pavement. Over the years we have seen some powerful messages and some amazing imagery! We are wholeheartedly sure that on Saturday April 14th love and empowerment will once again…JUST SHOW UP!

2018 Chalk Art - Covina Today - Spring

Every year our artists raise the bar by expanding their skills, dreams and ideas of inclusion. People chalking inside and outside of the boxes TOGETHER.

 

Life and love being defined for Autistic people BY Autistic people that share those cutting edges on which they live! Amplifying imagery and energy that SPEAK authentic volume is what our day under the Covina, California sun… is all about. Sharing concepts that define Autistic culture for the world to absorb. Filling in those cultural gaps like the colorful chalk that embeds our ART into the planet.

 

Have fun devising and choosing your important design or: be random and make it up as you go! ALL ART IS IMPORTANT and WORTHY! We have added a dream theme category  this year because DREAMS DO COME TRUE. Our Annual event is our PROOF.

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Autistic Culture Technicolor brings every possible color to the human spectrum. No longer just a world viewed as black and white or the initial red and green colorations…but, the recognition of ALL hues and shades. The full on, inclusive blend of diversity. Every color, sensation and perception. In many ways this is what we are experiencing  across the globe in 2018 -an EPIC  integrative expansion!

 

We are sharing some very cool ideas for AUTISTIC CULTURE IMAGERY and things we would love to look down and SEE on April 14th! Check out the fun original Art and photographs BELOW that highlight Autistic sense and sensibility. Iconic Autistic people: the inclusion expanders. Be inspired and “chalk them up!”
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COOL SURFER DUDE~
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AUTISTIC MOVEMENT IS PERFORMANCE ART photo by HEATHER CLARK
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MARIA DEANE our favorite artistic FAIRY QUEEN
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SARAH VAN DIESEL‘S BABY SAM!
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APRIL DAWN GRIFFIN ~STRING THEORY Self Portrait
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CHLOE SYBERT’S ~BEAUTIFUL DREAMS
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A HAPPY FLAPPY INCLUSIVE NARWAHL by the Ed Wiley NEURODIVERSITY LIBRARY
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DEIDRE KENNEY’S IDEA of FLUID BLISS
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ERIN HUMAN‘S PRAGMATIC ART
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ORI BENGAL‘S ~TOM PETTY PORTRAIT
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NEKEA BLAGOEV’S GET SMASHED ART
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MICHAEL TOLLESON ROBLES
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SILKE HEYER’S JOYFUL BAG of  INCLUSION TRICKS
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B.J. LANE and TEMPLE GRANDIN in 2015
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FRANCOIS LAVELIERE and TEMPLE in 2017…

 

SO MANY ICONIC OPTIONS…

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