November 2012 Newsletter

November 2012 Newsletter

We hope those reading this newsletter and who participate in our project have a joyful holiday season. The Art of Autism gives thanks for all the wonderful families we met this year.

The Art of Autism scours the web for opportunities for artists. If you want me to announce an opportunity, please email

Film. Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts.

Deadline – Monday, November 26 at midnight

This is a contest for a major movie. There has been some misunderstanding what is wanted for this contest.

The film producers Joanne Lara and Barry Shils want art with the chapter headings (the actual words) in the art.

Go to Generation A: A Contest for more information.

Squag is hiring people on the spectrum for freelance work. They will pay you for your art, poetry, writing, films, etc. Email Sara Winter at and tell her The Art of Autism sent you!

Aspie Mentors – for mature Aspies.

Anita Lesko is working with Dr. Tony Attwood and Craig Evans (The Autism Hangout) on a new book “Been there. Done that. Try this!’ They are looking for Aspie Mentors – defined as an older/mature person with Asperger’s that has learned how to successfully cope with issues commonly stressful to people on the spectrum (i.e. anxiety, depression, making/keeping friends) – and can SHARE their learings/wisdom in a 600 word story.

The best stories introduce the problem with “Been there” and “Done that” but focus primarily on how to overcome the obstacle (“Try this!”). Their research has ranked the 17 most stressful issues faced by someone with Aspergers. Mentors through their stories will help younger Aspies. If you qualify as an Aspie Mentor and want to participate, please write Anita Lesko ( for more information.

Dr. Jacquelyn Marquette is curating the Autism One Art Exhibit.

If you are an artist or sculpture artist email There are a limited number of tables available. The conference is May 22-26, 2013 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago. Jacquelyn recently was a guest blogger on the Art of Autism blog and wrote a touching story about her son Trent which has received many accolades. You can view Trent Altman – It’s A Wonderful World here.

The Art of Autism has a number of exhibits planned for April 2013 Autism Awareness Month. If you live in Tennessee or the surrounding area, please email about an exhibit at the Kennedy-Vanderbilt Center. I will be emailing those artists who said they were interested in participating at Mr. Musichead in Hollywood, California in March in the next couple of weeks. In April, we also will be in Houston at the Museum of Cultural Arts and at the Good Purpose Gallery in the Berkshires, as well as local shows here in California. Lets make April 2013 a month of sharing gifts!

In 2013, we hope to include an online art card store. I’m looking for help with the website to implement this. If you can volunteer, email

Peace through this holiday season!

Debra Hosseini

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