Articulture at the 1st Annual Arts 4 Autism Event

A4A-BannerAt Stages Theatre Company


Did you know there are over 16,000 individuals in Minnesota that have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including 1 in 68 children.

The arts can provide a place to grow self esteem and communication skills in a safe environment.

Arts 4 Autism will feature a rotation of participatory program previews from various arts collaborators – theatre, visual art, music, and dance – as well as a sensory-friendly performance of Stages Theatre Company’s production, Stone Soup. Maci Spica, Minnesota Department of Education Autism Specialist, and Ellie Wilson from Institute of Community Integration, will present “Making Arts Part of the Puzzle,” a discussion about the transformational impact of arts participation on the lives of individuals with autism. The resource fair will be going on in the main lobby of the Hopkins Center for the Arts throughout the day. The resource fair and participatory preview are free to the public; tickets to Stone Soup and “Making Arts Part of the Puzzle” are $5 each.

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 9am-2pm

  • Hands on theatre art workshop with Stages Theatre Company  (Free)
  • Adaptive dance classes with River Valley Dance Academy  (Free)
  • Hands on music classes with Minnesota Sinfonia  (Free)
  • Hands on art classes with Articulture  (Free)
  • PLUS: A FREE COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR THROUGH OUT THE DAY!      *See a list of attending vendors below.

More event information and tickets available here.



Seward Artist Project: Meow! A Coloring Book to Celebrate Community

Meow! is a coloring book made from Seward artist Jesse Lawson’s art, turning paintings and collages into line drawings. It was done in order to raise money for organizations working in crucial areas: Planned Parenthood, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. .

The financial contribution is only a part of the project, which uses art to celebrate community while supporting social and environmental justice.

Meow! can be ordered from etsy for $12 plus $2 for postage and handling:
Or you can buy it directly from the artist.
Jessie Lawson
2420 25th Avenue South. Minneapolis MN 55406
via PayPal to

Four dollars of each sale go to these organizations:

Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.

Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.

Natural Resources Defense Council
NRDC combines the power of members and online activists with the expertise of scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.

Jessie Lawson, Flying Cat Arthouse  612-207-5623


Seward Winter Frolic Kick-off Dec 2 6:30 – 9PM at the Playwright’s Center