Autism Pride Week: What To Expect
We’ve put together a week-long series of cultural and social events to celebrate autistic people and support a sense of autistic community. We hope that people of every neurological stripe and type will join us in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina for an exciting and diverse collection of events at venues located throughout the city.
Just Announced! -> Saturday 6/15 // Public Reception for Invitational Art Exhibit
Autism Pride Week begins on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16th, with our kick-off speaking event by the 2013 National Book Critic’s Award winner for non-fiction, Andrew Solomon, at the charming jewel-box like Diana Wortham Theater, centrally located in downtown Asheville in the Pack Square Cultural Center. Also in the city center, the three-day film festival of autism related films will be held at the historic Fine Arts Theater.
The celebration includes two separate month-long art exhibits. An invitational exhibit downtown at the Gallery at 5 Walnut will include the work of visual artists: Laura Craig McNellis, George Widener, and Jesse Wills. Additionally, The Full-Spectrum Show at the Phil Mechanic Art Center, located in the colorful and fascinating River Arts District, will include the work of any autistic artist who submits work which meets the criteria found in the ‘Call to Artists’ above.
The Phil Mechanic Art Center will also be the location of what is bound to be a very interesting Open Mic Night, which we’re calling “Abilities, Raves, and Rants”. We’re very proud to announce that one of world’s most dynamic and effective autism activists, Michael John Carley, co-founder and former executive director of GRASP (the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership) and author of Aspergers from the Inside Out, will be flying in from NY to be our MC for the evening.
The week’s events also include tours of Centering on Children, the TEACCH inspired employers of autistic individuals, and a blow-out Game Night at the very large, but surprisingly warm and cozy Jubilee Center, in downtown Asheville on Wall St.
On Saturday, June 22nd, Autism Pride Week concludes with a matinee showing of the last film of the film fest and a closing night party at very comfortable and family-friendly Creekside Taphouse.
We hope that all of you will join us here in Asheville for this celebration of diversity. Everyone is welcome at Autism Pride Week!!!
: Julia Bramsen
Director of APW