La Grua Cen­ter cel­e­brates autis­tic artists for Autism Aware­ness month

The Day - - DAYBREAK - — Mary Biek­ert

In cel­e­bra­tion of Autism Aware­ness month, Ston­ing­ton’s La Grua Cen­ter will hold its fourth an­nual “Cel­e­brat­ing Art in Autism” ex­hi­bi­tion.

Show­cas­ing dozens of works by autis­tic artists of all ages, the show hopes to break down pre­con­ceived no­tions of what one with autism can and can’t do while also cel­e­brat­ing those with the men­tal con­di­tion. Autism, though well known, is of­ten widely mis­un­der­stood. Its grow­ing preva­lence among Amer­i­can chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to the Autism So­ci­ety, has in­creased ten-fold from 2000 to 2010 (119.4 per­cent, to be ex­act). And to­day, more than 3.5 mil­lion Amer­i­cans live with an autism spec­trum dis­or­der.

Tak­ing a mo­ment to con­sider the artis­tic in­ge­nu­ity of those whose work is in the show, then, seems like a step to help broaden our un­der­stand­ing of the con­di­tion and how peo­ple liv­ing with it may per­ceive the world around them.

The ex­hibit will run through April 30. Ad­mis­sion is free, though a do­na­tion of $5 is sug­gested. The venue is lo­cated at 32 Wa­ter St., Ston­ing­ton. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; (860) 535-2300, www.la­gru­a­cen­ter.org.

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