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Kissing 2016 Goodbye!

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2016

will be remembered as a very challenging and unpredictable year for ALL of US! It is so indicative of the fully-connected world we now live in. Information literally barraging us from every country creating more sifting and sorting than ever to be done. In a world bombarded by information (some of it very bad, some of it inaccurate and some of it actually FALSE!) Just know that your best information will actually come from …YOU! You and those you love and trust. AutismHWY urges you to be the best source of your You-niverse in 2017. Resolve to always follow your gut, trust your instincts and find your purpose. Align with people that follow those purposeful aspirations and breathe them to life!  Look inward then outward, care about yourself, care about others and transform your universe! If 2016 teaches us nothing else… it teaches us we live in a universe redefining itself. Let’s work together to define an amazing galaxy of embracement for Autistic people.

 

photo by Silke Heyer

photo by Silke Heyer

Our sixth year on the AutismHWY… talking and chalking Autism with friends saw many changes.

 

~In January friends were exploited by a website claiming to “champion” Autistic people. The Mighty is not so Mighty afterall. …#Cripthemighty

 

~We created our 5th coloring book filled with awesome Autistic Friends!

 

~Questioning authenticity became a matter of concern in the spring of this year. Exploitation sadly comes in many forms.

 

~Our 6th annual AutismHWY Chalk Festival event was RAINED OUT and re scheduled for the following weekend. Turning out superbly!

 

 

~Later that month we RE~CONNECTED with the amazing folks at ANCA Naturally Autistic!

WoW their Autism Documentary is excellent!

 

 

~On father’s day weekend we chalked at the worlds largest Chalk festival for our 4th year in a row! We CONNECTED Pasadena with Autistic people again!

 

~Our summertime chalking habit continued in Carpinteria for our 6th year! Always making us happy!

 

~In Ventura we were COOL CATS this year. Our 3rd charming time chalking the harbor!

 

~Our greatest pleasure in 2016 was by far our 2nd trip to the ANCA Naturally Autistic People Awards, Trade Show and World Autism Festival in beautiful Vancouver Canada. The talent, connection and friendship run deep launching dreams and careers. An amazing destination for Autistic people and those that love them! Love to OUR ANCA FAMILY 2016 and beyond!

 

~Autism Speaks seated 2 Autistic board members and removed the word CURE from their mission statement. Something remarkable in 2016. Hurray.

 

~We reached out to Melania Trump in support of her effort to urge change in communication. A kinder, clearer way to communicate in this world is needed! We agree Melania T.!

 

 

What does the HWY hold for us in 2017? No telling…

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We just know that when we ALL stand strong in our self love, self knowledge and self worth our collective futures will be bigger and better than we can ever imagine.

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Our Autistic Friends!

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Our 5th ’Making Friends with Autism’ coloring book is a culmination of fantastic friends that love Art and Autism. Friends that want the world to be a more respectful and inclusive place for Autistic people. Cheers to THAT and to always following your HeART…

 

 

Nekea Blageov

Nekea Blageov

 9 International artists, just a few of our amazing Autistic friends -all of whom have outdone themselves in the pages of this NEW book!! Whimsical fun and imagination abound on each and every page. You will find Batfrogs and Butterflies …alongside interesting and heart filled bio’s of each artist.

 

 

Tashi

Tashi

Steven Coventry

Steven Coventry

Nik Sebastian

Nik Sebastian

Maryellen Szper

Maryellen Szper

Scott A. Jackson

Scott A. Jackson

Silke Heyer

Silke Heyer

Frank Louis Allen

Frank Louis Allen

Debbie Denenburg

Debbie Denenburg

Coloring the life we are given splendidly IS what these artist’s do and exactly what this coloring book is all about. 

Free expression through the ARTS has been and always will be the first and best action we can ALL take for healthier and happier lives. 

 

So get your diversity colored pencils sharpened,  get ready to unwind your mind and wrap up your heart in some fan-flippin-tastic ART!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 COLORING PERCEPTIONS

Brilliantly! 

 

*available at the 2016 AutismHWY Chalk festival 4-9-16.

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Chalk Festival #4! You’re Invited!

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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.                                                  chalk park

 

 

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!HP7

 

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!

Last years amazing sponsors and partners that make next year possible!! Thank you ALL. and SEE YOU soon!

EVENT WEBSITE HERE!

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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.

http://music.whosclayton.com/

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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