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Chalked Over The Moon

 NEXT YEAR’S EVENT will be APRIL, 18TH 2015!

 

 

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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!IMG_0364

 

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 bCF LOGOelieve in. Empowering to say the very least!

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Jeff Kellen Carpe Inspirus Award Winner Zach Lopez has it right!

Jeff Kellen Carpe Inspirus Award Winner Zach Lopez has it right!

 

ZACH 'S Message!

ZACH ‘S Message!

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...and so does Dani Bowman!

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!   cf ccaacWe 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

Joanne Lara and her Autism Movement Therapy Dancers

What a lovely day! "The Food Mansion" by Syance

What a lovely day! “The Food Mansion” by Syance

IMG_0420Exceptional Minds students….show that off in this great piece!

Eileen Sobora's beauty of the sea!

Eileen Sobora’s beauty of the sea!

Willie Zinn shared his talents!

Willie Zin shared his multi dimensional talents!

Who's Clayton played their hearts out!

Who’s Clayton played their hearts out!

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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!

Roman Castro on hand to facilitate the Remo Drum Circle!

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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.

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Karen Schaefer Howard working her magic!

Karen Schaefer Howard working her magic!

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 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! 

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cf keithJacque Keith Dubois brought his colorful perspective! Thanks so much Keith!

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Lesley Perdomo with her BEST OF SHOW design!

Lesley Perdomo with her BEST OF SHOW design!

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David L. ~Best of Show Youth is interviewed by filmmaker Manuel Valenzuela!

David L. ~Best of Show Youth is interviewed by filmmaker Manuel Valenzuela!

cf czThe event was soO chill that not too many people needed the ZONE! …except my son Wyatt (we called it the Wy~Zone!)

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Keri Bowers and her Artistic Super Powers….

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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!

Lysa Ashley and her Autistic Pride Design Winner!

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Carissa’s second appearance at the festival garnered her Crowd Favorite! Congratulations Carissa!

Kai's colorful DRAGON! (and his trademark OWL!)

Kai’s colorful DRAGON! (and his trademark OWL!)

 

Pocahantus even made an appearance!

Pocahantus even made an appearance!

 

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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!

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 LAnt ART ~ Lori Antoinette W looks beautifully into our future of more Chalk Art festivals at heritage Plaza !!

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Young Mr. Briceno’s awesome creation! Thanks for joining us again. We love what you add to this event!

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Epic Luis Art….takes Best use of Color in the youth category!

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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!

Kevin Hosseini flies in for spring break just in time for the Remo Drum Circle!

Aaron Eh's colorful creativity evolving!!

Aaron Eh’s colorful creativity evolving!!

 

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What a simple and clear message!!

What a simple and clear message!!

cf balloons 2Thank 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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Return to VROMAN’S !!

 

Southern California'sHUGE Bookstore historically and literally!

Southern California’s HUGE Bookstore historically and literally!

So happy to report we will be sharing our Making Friends with Autism Coloring Books at this extraordinary historic Bookstore for a second year!

Out latest and...GREATEST! Teaching moments every month!

Out latest and…GREATEST! Teaching moments every MONTH!

 

We had so much fun at last year’s event with our creative friends, Joel Anderson of Joel’s Vision Arts, Debra Hosseini from The Art of Autism and our friends with Unintentional Humor, Linda and Brent Anderson!IMG_8417

 

Fun friends joined us and new friends stopped by! We hope to see all of those folks and more on Saturday August 17th at 3 PM. This year I will again  have my trio of Coloring Books on hand. Debra Hosseini will return to share the Art of Autism and all of the great work she is up to.

77 Artists on the Autism Spectrum shine in this BOOK!

77 Artists on the Autism Spectrum shine in this BOOK!

 

Currently Debra has been penning a Memoir. Amazing adventures and life lessons learned by her Aspie boyfriend Kurt Muzikar, something very interesting to look forward to!

The Goddess Energy of Ms. Keri Bowers!

The Goddess Energy of Ms. Keri Bowers!

 

This year we are very proud and excited to have Keri Bowers joining us. She will have copies of her amazing classic Autism filmNormal People Scare Me” Keri has 24 years of experience using ART to help students and families on the spectrum. Her amazing innovations and accepting spirit will give you tools for success in every day situations and creative support for inevitable transitions! Please come out and meet Keri! 

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Joel Anderson’s NEW BOOK will be available: “ Medieval Trio Tales: Courage at the Concert” written and illustrated by Joel and Diana Michelotti! A delightful tale about being courageous and supporting others! Exactly what Joel does. The weekend of this event Joel will be traveling to San Jose State to implement a mentoring program for kids on the spectrum with the college’s Football team!! GO JOEL! Woot!!

 

Unfortunately, Dani Bowman will not be at the event. Her work with Joey Travolta and Inclusion Films takes precedent. She tirelessly works all across the country teaching others on the spectrum to excel at animation. Thank you for all of your hard work Dani! We hope you will join us another time!

So mark your calendars and head to Old town Pasadena for a delightful day with us!!

An impromptu serenade courtesy of Shane Mckaskle, Chris Iddamalgoda and friend.

An impromptu serenade courtesy of Shane Mckaskle, Chris Iddamalgoda and friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandi and Joel Anderson's colorful world!

Sandi and Joel Anderson’s colorful world!

Friendship Rocks!! Kai, Joel and brent Anderson with the "crooners"!!

Friendship Rocks!! Kai, Joel and Brent Anderson with the “crooners”!!

 

 

 

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The Third Time Was Charming!

 

 

Angelo, 15 slays the crowd with this awesome DRAGON!

Angelo, 15 slays the crowd with this awesome DRAGON!

 

 

Best Buddy Artists Shane and Chris ROCK!

Best Buddy Artists Shane and Chris ROCK!

Carissa's amazing mural....

Carissa’s amazing mural….

The finished mural.

The finished mural.

 

16 yr old Zach's Batman and friends surrounding his super-hero Mom Sandra.

16 yr old Zach’s Batman and friends surrounding his super-hero Mom Sandra.

It has been 2 full weeks since our 3rd Annual Awareness Chalk~Art Festival ! A huge thanks to all of the many wonderful friends, artists, sponsor/partners and politicians  that have joined us along the way creating this cutting edge day! For the last 3 yrs in a row the 2nd Saturday in April has shown, and shown bright. Not in the rays of blue light, that

Alyssa, 17 shared her heart and trusty friend Shane!

Alyssa, 17 shared her heart and trusty friend Shane!

people have become conditioned to associate with Autism. For us ‘Autism Shines’ in a rainbow of colors. Colors sometime light, sometimes dark and sometime bright.  It has shown people that it IS okay to be different. To be who we are in a rainbow of colors in a rainbow of behaviors and in a rainbow of ideas and trains of thought. So much difference to celebrate and support.

Joel Anderson a studied professional.

Joel Anderson a studied professional.

Kai, an 11 yr. old Artist mapping out his Universe

Kai, an 11 yr. old Artist mapping out his Universe

Autistic Self Advocacy Network!Our FUTURE!!

Autistic Self Advocacy Network!
Our FUTURE!!

 

The talented Bj lane. photo by Jerry O'Brien

The talented Bj lane. photo by Jerry O’Brien

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What an amazing Tapestry of TALENT!!!

What an amazing Tapestry of TALENT!!!

 

Beautiful ART, Inspiring speeches and acknowledging presentations by Senator Ed Hernandez, Mayor of Covina Walter Allen III and Council Members Jorge Marquez and Kevin Stapleton made us feel very accepted and appreciated!!

Senator  Ed Hernandez presents us with much appreciated recognition !

Senator Ed Hernandez presents us with much appreciated recognition !

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Council member Jorge Marquez, Kelly Green and Mayor of Covina Walter Allen III . What a great day we had.

Council member Jorge Marquez, Kelly Green and Mayor of Covina Walter Allen III . What a great day we had.

Music by Who’s Clayton was the talk of the event. Kevin Rose, Josh Elmore and Darryl Black are on to something very good! Their original music and awesomely fun twists on old favorites made everyone’s day! Having their good vibrations floating through the air was amazing to say the least.

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If you haven’t heard of them yet you will. We are very honored to have had their super-star performance while creating our stellar ART! They were a perfect addition to our fun. After lead singer Kevin Rose won a GRAND PRIZE Conga drum during the raffle we sure hope they will be our Festival band for life!

Josh Elmore, Kevin Rose & Darryl Black = Who's Clayton!!

Josh Elmore, Kevin Rose & Darryl Black = Who’s Clayton!!

It's a beautiful thing!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s a beautiful thing!!!!!!!!!!!

After a day of Chalk and Play a much awaited magical  moment for our San Gabriel Valley kids!! The one and only Ms. Keri Bowers drumming up the amazing inspiration and interaction to connections she holds. TRULY MAGICAL!! Keri has an intuitive way of opening spectrum kids up to possibility. She speaks to ALL of our rocking ‘different drummers’ in ways they can hear the beat! Keri@normalfilms.com

James Carbone's (SGV Tribune) photo of Keri Bower's working her magic.

James Carbone’s (SGV Tribune) photo of Keri Bower’s working her magic.

 

Someone that knows how important transformation is. Keri, such an amazing Artisan!

Someone that knows how important transformation is. Keri, such an amazing Artisan!

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Our sponsors pulled out all of the stops AGAIN!!

AMAZING COMPANIES!! Local & On-Line!! Support them!

AMAZING COMPANIES!! Local & On-Line!! Support them!

Donating cash, products, services and PRIZES!! AMAZING COMPANIES!! Local & On-Line!! Please Support them!

What a way to wrap up the event…with something fun for everyone to try and win…These organizations are winners to champion OUR DAY!! We thank you all greatly!

Helen's Cycles GRAND PRIZE Donation!!!

Helen’s Cycles GRAND PRIZE Donation!!!

 

Happiness on his AGENDA!!

Happiness on his AGENDA!!

 

Something for everyone!!

Something for everyone!!

We had an amazing crew of volunteers that brought and set up tables, student volunteers helping with strong supportive hands. Friends putting their heart into our ART! We owe so much to so many helpful, talented and giving friends. Our hats are off to all of you! We could never have done it with out you! We LOVE and honor ”Team Chalk!”

Awesome support from Madi, Sheyla, Sandy Jacobs and Ceirstie

Awesome support from Madi, Sheyla, Sandy Jacobs and Ceirstie

 Last year’s guest appearance of Aspie Artist Silke Heyer from Germany was fondly remembered….and LOOK she and her recruits fondly remembered US. Chalking along side of us from where they stand on this fantastic planet.

Universal Good Vibrations...Chalk festival #1 Braunschweig Germany!
Universal Good Vibrations…Chalk festival #1 Braunschweig Germany!

 

The connection through Art and Autism had us thinking on the same plane literally….California via Germany. With out telling our good friend and partner Silke the plan of wanting  a “Yellow-Brick Road” painted through-out the grounds of the event. (With alas, no time to bring it to life in California) My highly intuitive partner and kindred spirit in ART took care of that WISH in a most beautiful  and telepathic way!

A sparkling and magical pathway to ACCEPTANCE!

A sparkling and magical pathway to ACCEPTANCE!

 STUNNING ON MANY LEVELS…..

Follow the Yellow-Brick Road...& CHALK with us...EVERY April on the 2nd SATURDAY!

Follow OUR Yellow-Brick Road…& CHALK with us…EVERY April on the 2nd SATURDAY!

 

Thank you again to all of the colorful friends that are taking this glorious path to acceptance with

us. SEE YOU next year!

 

 

 NEXT BLOG: PHOTOS from PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER Jerry O’Brien!!!

 

 

 

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The Canyon Club ROCKS!!

How great was Cinco De Mayo for everyone in attendance last Wed. in Augora Hills California? To infinity and beyond!! That’s how great!! To see Autistic Performers entertaining a delighted CROWD!! A vision I want to see more of!! A vision made possible this night by Autism Movement Therapy creator Joanne Lara. Truly a champion and angel for all things spectrum! She is a passionate woman to say the least!

Her passion for dance, music and the Autism Spectrum is infinite! When I was first made aware of this STAR she immediately impressed me! She is actually more like a flaming comet…a star seems far too mild! If you have ever been to one of Joannes presentations your head is bobbing up & down right now as I speak. She is “High~Energy where it is so needed. Thankyou Joanne for all you do and for inspiring others as well!! The best thing we can all do. Spread each others good word and good works. Promoting Friendship through common understanding! That is why I am adding Joanne’s website permanently to OUR Interesting sites section in the left hand margin! Click there for fun and self-esteem therapy! The best therapy the planet has to offer!

Lora Mancini and I arrived to the nice big airy club and got a great seats behind the mixing board! Some amazing performances, great company and atmosphere, Tequila, chips and salsa. It was a celebration that won’t soon be forgotten! So fun to be Celebrating Talents of individuals not previously Showcased with MORE TO COME!! So nice to see a “neuro~diverse crowd meeting in the middle! On the big airy dance floor!

The list of performers was varied like our spectrum!! Soulful Singer Chadwick was the thread running throughout the evening. What a huge voice with incredible range! His personable and compassionate delivery made him the perfect host. Not to mention his goosebump evoking version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Look for Chadwick music on facebook & twitter.

Kyle Cousins and Nick Guzman performed a couple of songs …mixing it up with their different styles and talents! Kyle’s performance had the crowd wowed , enjoying his talent and confidence on stage.

Nick serenaded us with his voice and acoustic guitar skills. Nick also works the microphone and the crowd. He was persistent at nights end to be sure patrons were on hand to collect their raffle prize! ” Do we have a 8675309…Is there a # 8675309 ?” A great time was had by ALL & heck free C.D.’s if you were lucky enough to have Nick call out your number!

Susan Sheller treated us with some awesome numbers. So love her passionate style! Her song inspired by her awesome son “Lookin for Julian” ROCKS!! Her original music can be found in the hit documentary “Normal People Scare Me!” (Love that name!)

Stephen Shore played piano which sounded fabulous…such a diverse crowd. Another amazing treat was the appearance of Elaine Hall and Wyatt Isaacs! For those of you who don’t know …those two names are from the great HBO Documentary “Autism the Musical”! Such a wonderful concept and Documentation of it!

Her idea of an entire production driven by and showcasing the talents on the spectrum. ~AUTISTIC~PEOPLE HAVE SKILLS!!! Woo Hoo!! Elaine has a new show coming out very soon! Find-out more about this little Dynamo here… http://www.themiracleproject.com

Wyatt Isaacs is 15 and quite a young man now!! It was very fun to see him perform his song from the documentary film “Sensitive!! Also exciting to meet with his very cool Mom! There is just something great about Spectrum Supporters! We have a lot of heart and soul!! Wyatt rocked the room and his stage presence and pride beamed!

Jack Mack and the Heart~Attack had a great sounding set and really played hard… Truly including our performers in ALL of the fun!! Thankyou to everyone involved in making this happen!! It was very fun, very entertaining, very marketable and very needed in communities everywhere!!

Here’s hoping that others will follow the lead of these AUTISM~ART~ANGELS!!!  With visionaries like Joanne , Elaine, Keri Bowers … http://www.normalfilms.com and Susan Sheller a whole new world of self-esteem is opening up!

Perhaps….. YOU could be the NEXT PERFORMER!!

It Is “The New RENAISSANCE”!!

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