The Artists with Autism Gallery and Gift Boutique in Fort Lauderdale is the only gallery of its kind. It serves as the location for the Micro-Enterprise in Fort Lauderdale program where postgraduate students are assessed for vocational readiness and are measured in areas of accounting, time management, safety, work performance, ability to adapt and other areas of importance needed for self-employment and vocational jobs. The Gallery provides aspiring artists with autism the support and training to become self-employed as artists. Our artist entrepreneurs exhibit their artwork in the gallery, and receive the proceeds to reinvest into their business. While “on the job” at the gallery, the artist develops and cultivates their own micro-enterprise art business and learns marketable skills.
Inclusion In The Arts allows the members to participate in local art exhibits, typically at other galleries and public and private business alongside other artists with and without disabilities. Inclusion for All in the Arts brings social consciousness and awareness to our neurodiverse community and focuses on our abilities and strengths. As a group, the AWA members are offered multiple opportunities to show and exhibit their talents and are often contacted for private commission based on their skills and style. To be recognized for their artistic abilities has increased their confidence, self-esteem and creativity, enhancing all areas of their lives. Check the calendar for upcoming opportunities as an artist, or as an art supporter.
The AWA Art Market is hosted at a local business, church or school. The Art Market allows the Autrepreneur to meet their potential customers in a shopping bazaar atmosphere. This allows the individual to interact with the public to demonstrate their potential as a creative artist and/or skilled crafter with handmade crafts and merchandise for the customer to purchase and discover the Abilities of those who may have struggled their lifetime to be recognized and accepted for their differences. This event provides families the opportunity to become familiar with a valuable community resource or local business and allows social interaction among peers with a common interest.
FOPA is a series of workshops for individuals 18 and over with learning differences to learn how to become self-employed entrepreneurs, learn basic financial literacy and achieving life goals. All workshops are subject to interest and schedule changes.
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