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Summer Fun for ASD Kids!

31 May

Summer scares me. With good reason.

Last summer ranks as one of the most difficult for Paige, my now-15-year-old daughter with autism.  She was restless, moody, and generally miserable.  As her mother, I was restless, moody, and generally miserable, too!  Our tough season had many benefits—not the least of which was that we pushed for her to qualify for Medicaid (which she did) and funds for respite care (another yes).  We also switched schools, one of the few decisions I’ve made as a mom that has no down sides.  It’s all good!  Seriously!!

If you’re dreading the summer with your special-needs kid, consider reaching out to your local Easter Seals or school district for a list of camps and activities in your area.  Your kid probably could do with a dose of stimulation—and you need the break.

Here’s one program I love!  The following is an email I received over the weekend from the Dallas Museum of Art.  (I think this is such a fabulous program; the folks there are fantastic.)

Summer Art Camp for Children with Autism at the DMA – reduced price and expanded age range!

Due to the high number of adults who are interested in helping with the camp, we have decided to expand the camp’s age range from ages 9-12 to ages 7-12 since each child will be able to have more personal attention.  The summer art camp is specifically designed for children on the Autism Spectrum.  Stacey Callaway, the autism specialist that we work with to develop Autism Awareness Family Celebrations, and I will co-teach the camp for children ages 7-12.  The camp is a four day camp and will explore works of art in the Museum’s collection, integrate multisensory experiences, and have a wide-range of materials in the studio for art-making.  We will have several specially-trained volunteers on hand to assist with the camp.

Camp description:

hands-on art for children with autism
ages 7-12
Interact with works of art in the galleries, engage in a variety of hands-on experiences, and explore art processes to create a masterpiece in the studio during this four-day camp designed specifically for children with autism spectrum disorders. Taught collaboratively with an autism specialist and Museum staff, this camp will offer various media experiences and will focus on themes in works of art from many cultures. Visual picture schedules will be used to integrate art, music, social interaction, sensory exploration, and movement.
Please note this is a four day camp.

Cost: Members was $140, now $100! Nonmembers was $152, now $112!
Monday–Thursday, June 20–23, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Teachers: Amanda Blake and Stacey Callaway

To register for this camp with the new price, please contact JC Bigornia at 214-922-1822 or JBigornia@DallasMuseumofArt.org
Website with general summer camp info (please note that the new price and age group is not listed in the brochure):

Also: the Dallas Museum of Art will be hosting a free event for children on the autism spectrum and their families on Saturday, June 18. The Center for Creative Connections in the Museum will open two hours early for families to enjoy the space and to participate in a variety of activities. (I’ve been to one of these and they are excellent!)

Pre-registration for the event is required. For more info, visit www.dm-art.org.

Jazz Under the Stars at the DMA

24 May

Thursdays, May 12–June 16, 2011, 8:00 p.m., Ross Avenue Plaza, Dallas Museum of Art, FREE

Summer nights sizzle with cool jazz under the stars. Bring a picnic and blanket or purchase food and beverages on-site. (*NO glass containers allowed.)

May 19:  UNT One O’Clock Lab Band

May 26:  Sharel Cassity Quintet

June 2:  Natural Change featuring Tony Blaine and Paul Rogers

June 9:  Tim Ries and The Rolling Stones Project

June 16:  Rosana Eckert

Late Nights at the DMA

19 May

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art

Friday, May 20
6:00 p.m.–midnight; admission $10; members are free

Join us for an evening of music, performances, tours, and family experiences celebrating the exhibition Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection. Enjoy special performances by Native Spirit Productions featuring Brian Hammill, the 2009 and 2011 Hoop Dance World Champion. Meet North American animals from the Dallas Zoo, and stay late for Showdown at the Space Bar and our After Hours Music Showcase featuring Seryn.

Click here for a complete schedule of events.

DMA Autism Awareness Celebration

22 Feb

The Dallas Museum of Art will be hosting another free event for children on the Autism Spectrum and their families on Saturday, February 26, from 9 to 11 am.  The Center for Creative Connections in the Museum will open two hours early for families to enjoy the space and to participate in a variety of activities.

From the DMA website:

The Center for Creative Connections will be available for parents and children to play and enjoy art together in a fun environment.  Participate in staff-led gallery experiences, enjoy an interactive musical performance, create a work of art in the Studio, and discover textures in the Young Learners Gallery.  Families will have the opportunity to explore the interactives in the Center for Creative Connections during these special private events and are also invited to stay when the Museum opens at 11:00 a.m. to enjoy additional family programming.

Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.  For more information or to register for the event, email your name, phone number, and the number of people in your family who would like to attend to ablake@dallasmuseumofart.org, or call 214/922-1251.

Arts & Letters Live at the DMA

18 Jan

Dallas Museum of Art presents its 20th season of Arts & Letters Live. Join a who’s who list of authors, actors, and musicians for inspiring talks and performances.

Special guests for the 2011 season:

January 18: Kim Edwards

January 26: Carlos Fuentes

January 28: Annie Proulx

February 5: Tony and Lauren Dungy

February 17: Eric Siblin

February 18: Kevin Brockmeier

February 22: Julie Burstein

February 26: Joyce Carol Oates

February 28: Texas Stories I

March 9: Rebecca Skloot

March 18: David A. Carter

March 12: Mo Rocca

March 25: Gail Levin and Meryle Secrest

March 28: Selected Shorts: In the Swim

March 30: David Brooks

April 4: Horton Foote: Readings and Recollections

April 6: Margaret George

April 11: Texas Stories II

April 15: Visual Verse

April 17: Anthony Horowitz

April 26: David Sedaris

May 1: Brian Jacques

May 2: Simon Schama

May 16: Texas Stories III

May 19: Erik Larson

May 20: David Bezmozgis and Gary Shteyngart

May 24: Pico Iyer

June 17 & 18: Austin Kleon

June 21: S.C. Gwynne

July 15: Ben Mezrich

For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to http://www.dallasmuseumofart.org.

Noon Year’s Eve at the DMA

28 Dec

On December 31, come to the Dallas Museum of Art for a kid-friendly way to ring in the new year!  Enjoy prizes, music, and games, all courtesy of Radio Disney.  Celebrate with a special countdown at noon for the entire family – or for those who just don’t want to stay up late!

Half-price adult admission and parking is available from 10 am to 2 pm.

This event is suggested for ages 6 and under.  For more details, click here.

Art Alert! Excellent Opportunity for Special-Needs Kids

9 Nov

The Dallas Museum of Art hosts its third Autism Awareness Day Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 9-11 a.m.  The event takes place in the DMA’s Center for Creative Connections.  Young Picassos their parents will make art projects, explore different textures in the Young Learners Gallery and create a masterpiece in the Art Studio.

I attended the first event of its kind in the spring and was blown away.  It’s a lovely opportunity for special-needs kids to enjoy an outing with their folks.  Because the Celebration begins before the museum opens, it feels private, too—a plus for parents who fret about how their children with autism behave in a new setting.  Families may tour the rest of the galleries after 11 a.m. so you can make a day of it!

Pre-registration is required due to limited space.  Email your name, phone number and a list of those in your party to ablake@dallasmuseumofart.org or call 214.922.1251.

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