Beautiful minds on display
Scientists still don’t quite know what goes on inside the mind of an autistic child despite a growing amount of attention being focused on the condition and funding being funneled toward research. A new exhibit at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Global Health Odyssey Museum in Atlanta is attempting to provide a few answers, however, even if they are of the nonscientific sort.
Conceived by three Atlanta-area autism advocacy groups, “Recognizing Talents and Abilities” is a monthlong exhibit of painted tiles created by autistic artists ages 4 to 22. The 64 ceramic canvases include works that range from impressionism and abstract to bright and vibrant and dark and moody, says Melody Stevens, a public health analyst with the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.