Happy Anniversary to US! We have all been “Chalking it UP” together for five years now. Connecting here in Southern California or from across the globe virtually.
BRAVO to each and every one of you that have joined in or cheered us on helping our fantastic and colorful movement along. It has been so much fun meeting and feeling the love, creativity and inspiration you all bring to the AutismHWY! In real life and VIRTUALLY! It is sweet fun to feel that solidarity across the miles, across the oceans. Chalking for the love of fun, for the love of Autism free expression and ultimately for the expectation of full-on respect and acceptance. Respect for what Autistic people do bring to the table of humanity in each and every way. No need to cure, stigmatize or fear. Only the need to respect the real mind/body differences, committing to understanding those fully, reaching out to support the individual manifestations of each other’s unique comfort’s and keys for success. Learn to learn. From each other. When to slow down and when to speed up. We need to align our momentums.
TRULY Amazing how Bj Lane has aligned her momentus talent to honor Dr. Temple Grandin for the 2015 AutismHWY.com Chalk Art Festival’s 5th year Anniversary!!
Step by step Bj Lane Chalked where she stood and shared it with us all virtually! For all time. Thank you Bj~Until next time…
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NEXT YEAR’S EVENT will be APRIL, 18TH 2015!
Last Saturday was a day for all time! A day long coming and warmly embraced by many. A whole new frontier for Autistic safe space! We are planting our flag for Autism Acceptance and FUN. The 4th Annual AutismHWY.com Chalk Art Festival really delivered that and all of the attendees and partners couldn’t be happier! A day dedicated for unconditional love and acceptance. No teams, no battles, no agendas to eradicate Autism. No negative rhetoric about 1 in 68. In fact we believe one in sixty eight is great!
Autistic adults, children and their families, friends and supporters all assembled at Heritage Plaza Park in Downtown Covina for a great day of Art, Performance and Friendship. It was a powerful feeling to have so many people on the spectrum together for the celebration. So many friends and family old and new coming together for a fun day in the sun to express how we feel and what we believe in. Empowering to say the very least!
Jeff Kellen Carpe Inspirus Award Winner Zach Lopez has it right!
ZACH ‘S Message!
The fantastic Artistic Activist Ms. Dani Bowman!
Our fantastic hosts this year ; The City of Covina and the Covina Cultural Arts Commission were most hospitable. They have even made me a Cultural Arts Commissioner! WOW! We now have a great location that was beautifully mapped out for our special day! Everyone enjoyed the Heritage Plaza Park setting. Booths, Art zones , Drum circle, Performance stage, Chill zone and play area created an all around fantastic atmosphere. Over 600 people came through the event and I believe we would have stayed there all day! No one wanted the day to end! All of us vowing to be back next year for more of the same unconditional acceptance and amazing ART!
Joanne Lara and her Autism Movement Therapy Dancers
What a lovely day! “The Food Mansion” by Syance
Exceptional Minds students….show that off in this great piece!
Eileen Sobora’s beauty of the sea!
Willie Zin shared his multi dimensional talents!
Who’s Clayton played their hearts out!
Adriana Salgado’s CROWD FAVORITE winner! Cat’s are Autistic you know! haha Great call Adriana!
Roman Castro on hand to facilitate the Remo Drum Circle!
Trevor Aycox traveled from Oklahoma with his Mom and Grandmother to share his awesome Spray paint Art with us! Thank you so much for coming west young man! Many people were very grateful that you all did! The connections made at this event have an empowering affect on all of us.
Karen Schaefer Howard working her magic!
Thank you to Remo Recreational Music center for the amazing donation of drums and instruments to power this circle! It was a very moving event for those within it and those of us watching and listening! Different Drummers ROCK!
Daniel from the great Autism Spectrum Athletics organization makes his mark on The Chalkmobile!! Too much FUN!
Jacque Keith Dubois brought his colorful perspective! Thanks so much Keith!
Bj Lane chalking up her heart as she has done for us all 4 years. We cherish your participation Bj!
Lesley Perdomo with her BEST OF SHOW design!
David L. ~Best of Show Youth is interviewed by filmmaker Manuel Valenzuela!
The event was soO chill that not too many people needed the ZONE! …except my son Wyatt (we called it the Wy~Zone!)
Keri Bowers and her Artistic Super Powers….
Debbie Denenburg travels to meet and greet us! So great to have you and your ART present Debbie!
Lysa Ashley and her Autistic Pride Design Winner!
Carissa’s second appearance at the festival garnered her Crowd Favorite! Congratulations Carissa!
Kai’s colorful DRAGON! (and his trademark OWL!)
Pocahantus even made an appearance!
Joel Anderson working on his Einstein logo just after finishing his “steam-punk” Jules Verne! This was Joel’s 3rd appearance. He was the 2012 Jeff Kellen Carpe Inspirus Award winner. The Artist best breathing life through creativity!
LAnt ART ~ Lori Antoinette W looks beautifully into our future of more Chalk Art festivals at heritage Plaza !!
Young Mr. Briceno’s awesome creation! Thanks for joining us again. We love what you add to this event!
Epic Luis Art….takes Best use of Color in the youth category!
Mickey Chap memorializes the Ultimate Warrior in chalk and wins Best use of Color! She said it was her first award in 15 years of chalking! We are PROUD to be the first ones to recognize your talent with Cash Mickey!!
Kevin Hosseini flies in for spring break just in time for the Remo Drum Circle!
Aaron Eh’s colorful creativity evolving!!
What a simple and clear message!!
Thank you to each and every one of us that played a part in making this the most spectacular AutismHWY.com Chalk festival EVER!! next year we will do it again because the possibilities are endless…
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT TRULY! xo
JUST TAKE A LOOK~~>HERE!!
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AutismHWY.com is extremely proud that our annual event will be presented by the City of Covina in the spring of 2014! We will be working in conjunction with The Covina Cultural Arts Commission and sponsored by Autism Movement Therapy!
We will be moving to the beautiful and newly enhanced Heritage Plaza in the Downtown area on Citrus Avenue.The date will be Saturday, April 12th 9a.m.-5p.m. Registrations will be through the Parks and Recreation Dept. Vendor booths will be $25.00 and Artist registration will be $5.00. There will be prize money for Fan favorites in different categories! Also our FUN Raffle Deluxe!
We are quite excited about our new location with all of the sparkling conveniences in the heart of the busy and charming downtown area. It will undoubtedly be an amazing day to make new connections. Past and new participants will join us like new friend Artist Eileen Sobora the ever talented Joel Anderson founder of Joel’s Vision Arts & Artist, Animator and mentor Dani Bowman!!! founder of Powerlight Studios ! Astounding Friends are flying in from around the world Artist and children’s book illustrator Silke Heyer will be joining us all of the way from Germany! Past event sponsor; Artist and founder of Sensory Smart Store Lisa Ligon will join us from Tennessee!! Event favorite local Artist Bj Lane and NEW participant exciting 3D chalk-artist Willie Zin will all WOW the crowd.
The amazing music will again be brought to us by our favorite band~ Who’s Clayton!We also have some special guests and surprises being planned!! Some impromptu performances are bound to occur along with some great talks and book readings! There will be something for everyone guaranteed!
As a community here in the U.S. April is always a busy month. World Autism Day on April 2nd and Acceptance month throughout the rest of April! A lot of fun things to do and plan. We ask you to pre-schedule this event for yourselves and all of your awesome organizations, as it should be a blast! An annual chance to show the community the ART of Autism~Acceptance! A shared April event not to be missed!
The AutismHWY.com Chalk Festival presented by the City of Covina sponsored by Autism Movement Therapy is a community event celebrating the creativity of friendship and diversity!
All proceeds benefitting children and adults on the Autism Spectrum by providing opportunities for creativity and community inclusion. Supporting personal fulfillment and success through the Arts, Music and Movement!
A few of our colorful participants “The Art of Autism“ “Making Friends with Autism“ “Keri Bowers!!”
Last years amazing sponsors and partners that make next year possible!! Thank you ALL. and SEE YOU soon!
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Tools of the trade
Bj Lane…making her amazing mark!
Tammy K’s beautiful Mom Bj Lane www.bjlane.com
Teamwork ROCKS for Best Buddies: Shane and Chris.
Angelo maps out his thought process.
Modern day…Dragon Slayer??
SuperHEROES were on the grounds!! In all shapes and sizes!
Kai and his ARTFUL Universe!
A Spectrum of DIFFERENCE!
Community participation warms our HeART! Council member Jorge Marquez AND Senator Ed Hernandez!
Everyone can make a great mark
Positively, creatively putting it all together
Joel Anderson rubbing chalky elbows with Mayor of Covina Walter Allen!
The PAY-OFF!! Seen in Angelo’s smile!
So proud to have attracted City of Covina council member Kevin Stapleton to Our festival 2 yrs. and counting…!
The Goddess Energy of Ms. Keri Bowers!
Chalk Festival 2013 …Delegates!
Senator Ed hernandez, Mayor of Covina Walter Allen, Kai, Joel Anderson, Shane Mckaskle, Brent Anderson, Chris and Covina city council member Jorge Marquez.
Everyone needs to know….”Who’s Clayton”…because they ROCK!!
These musicians really made our day!
Drumming up FUN, LOVE and ACCEPTANCE!
OUR Playdate! The 2nd Saturday EVERY April!!
Sandy J and Ceirstie M OUR Raffle Angels!!
A Silke Heyer ART Bag…full of AutismHWY Love and Acceptance Coloring Books!!
Autism Movement Therapy now up her sleeve!!!
Sweet Stuff CREATIONS & Celebrate AUTISM!! Big winners in this crowd!
Taking away a bushel of FUN!
Buckets of LOVE and FUN literally!
Jeremy B. always has a lucky number!!
Like this sweet therapist…The DAY was a sensory WINNER!!
Saving the BEST for last. Kevin Rose, lead singer of Who’s Clayton WINS the Conga Drum!! PERFECT!
Huge love and thanks to our wonderful friend and supporter Mr. Jerry O’Brien. Your photographs truly captured OUR DAY! You are a strong uniting force as we lovingly team up to CELEBRATE DIFFABILITIES!
Jerry O’Brien the huge heart and soul behind the camera!
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