April 2, 2016 is World Autism Awareness Day – the Art of Autism seeking videos with the theme of What is your passion?
Cakes from around the world celebrating autism will be revealed on Saturday, April 2, 2016
Over 100 cake decorators from around the world have come together to bring autism acceptance and awareness through a social media project on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in a project titled SugarArt4Autism (#SugarArt4Autism). The Art of Autism is seeking videos in a separate project called #AutismSweets.
Each cake decorator proudly honors those with autism and their family members by creating artistic creations drawing from inspiration including art of autistic artists, therapy tools, books, and loved ones on the autism spectrum.
Organizer Dina Nakad of Beirut, Lebanon, says “I am in awe of all the beauty that came to life through the different completed pieces, some based on exquisite art made by kids and adults on the spectrum, others based on personal experiences with ASD and yet others based on therapies, books and movies.”
Suzy Khalaf, a New York based cake-artist, and another director of the project states “We can only hope to make a dent in Autism Awareness . . . to show that the Spectrum is as broad as any rainbow and most importantly, that Autism isn’t a choice but acceptance is.”
Dina says of the cake she created called Emotion Therapy (which will be revealed on April 2), “I decided to do a therapy-based piece, using flashcards that show emotions – used to teach kids on the spectrum about facial expressions such as “happy” “sad” “mad” “excited” “silly” – I used black to reflect how parents feel when they first receive the diagnosis for their child, when everything around them seems to stop and they think there is no light at the end of the tunnel. The rainbow-colored butterflies represent the hope that parents get from all kinds of therapies but mainly from the love, hard work and perseverance of every person who is involved in that child’s life. Things become bright and colorful again.”
Many of the cake creations were inspired by art of autistic artists. Some of the cake decorators were inspired by their own children’s art. Claire Potts was inspired by her son Jamie’s art. Her cake will also be revealed on April 2 with all the other cakes.
Dina collaborated with Debra Muzikar, co-founder of the Art of Autism, an international collaboration of creative people on the autism spectrum, to unite cake decorators with artists. The cake decorators found the art through looking at the online galleries on the Art of Autism website and their Facebook pages. Debra’s son Kevin, a 21-year old artist from El Cajon, California, inspired the cake art below.
Sim Greg of Singapore states, “It was a struggle to come up with my design until I saw Kevin’s painting “Greece” and then it was like a puzzle coming together and it all clicked and fell into place. The bottom tier is my interpretation of Kevin’s gorgeous painting…” Sim has two more tiers which have different representations which will be revealed on April 2.
All 100 cakes will be revealed through social media on April 2, 2016, World Autism Awareness Day. The cake artists will change their Facebook and Twitter banners to reflect their creations and to bring awareness to autism.
SugarArt4Autism wants to highlight organizations that help autistic people as part of this project. She asks people to make donations to these nonprofits:
These organizations focus on services and advocacy to empower autistic people to reach their potential.
ATTENTION *** C R E A T I V E *** AUTIES & ASPIES… The Art of
WHATS TO KNOW: WHAT’S *** Y O U R *** CREATIVITY?
We are SEEKING SHORT VIDEOS from autistic creatives…
Please showcase your creativity/ expressions in
ART, POETRY, DANCE, KARATE, DRAMA, COOKING/BAKING, SINGING, MUSIC… OR WHATEVER.
As part of your video, answer these questions.
1) What is your name and country?
2) Share your talent/creativity?
3) Why is autistic expression important?
4) What other expressions can we learn to accept?
5) Why is acceptance of differences important?
To submit your video visit our submission page.
This project, inspired by a collaboration with SugarArt4Autism, relies heavily on social media sharing.
PLEASE SHARE WIDELY
FB: http://www.facebook.com/SugarArt4Autism (Their Facebook page will come up on April 2, 2016)
Please send your videos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Publicity or Questions about #AutismSweets email Debra Muzikar email@example.com. Contact SugarArt4Autism at SugarArt4Autism@gmail.com for questions about the cake project.