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The Power IS Ours!

I was reminded of this in a very BIG way in the months and weeks leading up to OUR 2016 AutismHWY Chalk Festival in downtown Covina.
Our 6th annual event that has grown from a small core group of 25 to a beloved annual gathering for hundreds of people, an entity all it’s own. As if it were a teen-ager that now has a seperate life, independent from the core group that nurtured it through infancy and toddlerhood!


I realized that it was okay to allow new people to add their touches and ways of expansion as some of our core group members trickled away. The fear of change was washed away as NEW members rushed right in bubbling with fresh new ideas. Like a tide breaking again and again ashore. Always the same yet never the same. A recurring flow of energy, frequency and vibration that cannot be stopped by anything. THAT is what the AutismHWY Chalk Festival has always wanted to be when it grew up. A constant high energy and vibrational force for Autistic people and those supporting and amplifying their efforts.
I think with strong foundations planted we have grown and flown into an amazing and forthright teenager heading toward 2017!


Autistic PRIDE on FULL POWER !!

Autistic PRIDE on FULL POWER !!

Ricardo Madera really tapped into this unbelievable energetic vibe of 2016! It seemed to me that many people did. Autistic people have power. They have power to help their families innerstand them. When we quiet life down and listen to the power that comes from within our Autistic loved ones… we hear it, honor it and allow it to guide us. Do not let others strip you of your POWER. Do not let people convince you there is no power. Make space for Autistic people to display their power and they will. Do not tell them HOW their power needs to assimilate while being displayed. Allow them to regulate and harness their energy Autistically for powerful results.

J. Keith Dubois gets it right and wins 'Autistic Pride Design'!

J. Keith Dubois gets it right and wins ‘Autistic Pride Design’!

Jacque Keith Dubois knows ‘what time it IS’. A man with disabilities and intersectionality knows the word is: “Be Yourself” in 2016. We are all tired of trying to be somebody else’s idea of power. When we understand the nature of who we are and what works best for us in life…we understand that we all look differently doing that. We need never hold ourselves up to others to compare and contrast powers.

Nikola Tesla innerstood power in unimaginable ways. I was hoping his powerful image would appear at this year’s event. I had even formulated a plan with our great friend Mickey Chap a favorite chalker and talent. She was all set to ‘blow us away’ with a Nikola Tesla image! Our April 9th masterplan was then rained-out and Mickey was not able to appear for us on the new CF rain-out date of April 16th. Talk about feeling powerless. That was just the beginning!!…

On Friday night April 15th at 10 pm AutismHWY was packing up Art~Signs~Goodies and more when an outright unnatural occurrence naturally occurred! BOOM. A transformer pole came down to the pavement in my small little cul-de-sac neighborhood. LIGHTS OUT….NO Power….live wires literally on the ground ?!tesla chalk

Shortly afterwards the Covina Fire Dept. informed us we were indeed powerless and immobile. We were to stay where we were until further notice and no time frame given and winds still very high. I was powerless to pack supplies and powerless to travel the 3 blocks to the Chalk Festival downtown! Can you even imagine that!?

So as the night wore on and the ‘eerie moon-eye’ scowling at me out my back door made me wonder what the morning would hold? I thought about power and control.
The power and control we are all gripped by in life. People, place, circumstance, neurology, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual styles etc. etc. etc. So many levels and differentials!
People exert such ridiculous power and control over others when we don’t even understand our own powers. It is time we honor our power and allow others to honor theirs. We all need the support of others to be powerful and that is what life is about. Being powerful…encouraging others to be powerful and to give people room to grow, expand and fly with that power…as they can. 
To wherever it takes them.
The POWER took me to the Glendora Village to chalk at their hometown ‘SuperHero Edition Chalk Festival’ this weekend just after our big day!! As YOU have been seeing I used MY POWER to create my own Super Hero I longed to see in chalk. Nikola Tesla. My friend and fellow chalker Mickey Chap just happened to be right next-square. Imagine that energetic coincidence! Mickey and I had an OH SO powerFULL chat about Autism that actually made my day.
IMG_2347 It’s fantastical where the power will take you when you tune directly into IT! Follow Tesla’s iconic and visionary advice…


Follow your OWN power and MOST IMPORTANTLY allow Autistic people to teach YOU with theirs!!


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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 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!

cf bj2Bj 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!

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 Chalk festival EVER!! next year we will do it again because the possibilities are endless…






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