Normal Films and Autism Today are pleased to announce their collaboration in creating a multi-city tour called The ART of AUTISM. The tour features the exciting release of the new book Artism: The Art of Autism by Debbie Hosseini, and will celebrate the live performances by and for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, celebrates the talents, contributions, and identities of talented individuals with ASD through film, dance, music, drama, painting, comedy, and the oratory skills of those on the autism spectrum.

Artism: The Art of Autism by Debbie Hosseini
Keri Bowers
Karen Simmons

After years of collaboration, pioneer autism moms, Keri Bowers, owner of Normal Films, and Karen Simmons, founder of Autism Today, have officially joined forces to bring awareness to the importance of the arts as important intervention “tools” to the emergence of autism. Kicking off Artism: the Art of Autism and The ART of AUTISM tour includes a Friday evening gala event at Autism Today’s 3rd Vancouver Biennial Congress.  In addition to Vancouver, The ART of AUTISM target cities include Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Houston, starting in L.A. on Thursday, May 19, 2011, 6:00pm – 9:30pm, at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood, California.

In LA, the evening’s line-up includes performances by “Arrest My Sister”, whose lead vocalist Scott Seigel has an impressive four octave range, and happens to have Asperger’s syndrome. Dance and music will be performed by The Miracle Fly kids, with Wyatt Isaacs (Autism the Musical).

Autism Monologues will be performed by Elaine Hall, Keri Bowers and Dianne Isaccs, who will rock the house with their riveting stories!

Other performances include monologues by Taylor Cross (Normal People Scare Me), Dani Bowman and friends. Singer/guitarist, Nick Guzman will inspire the audience with his soulful voice and rendition of 70’s classics. Joanne Lara’s Autism Movement Therapy (tiny) dancers, and Ballet for all Kids will delight and thrill, but we suggest you bring tissue, because you will get teary-eyed! Other surprise guests will be included in the L.A. event.

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