An Exhibit of Artwork from ABC of NC Child Development Center

April 1 – April 25, 2017

Located in the Auditorium Lobby

For the second year in a row, SECCA and The Engaging Educator collaborated to provide classes from ABC of NC Child Development Center with a four-class socialization program, showcased in Discovery Across the Spectrum. Students ages five to twenty-one explored SECCA's Dispatches exhibition through a curriculum focused on building social skills, museum learning, and art making.

This exhibition connects the art-making that traditionally happens in student museum visits with the social development that was demonstrated throughout the program. The students from ABC of NC expressed emotions through color, created unique 'tapestries' to represent themselves, and collaboratively built cities composed of their favorite places – all as ways to view and connect with art.

On November 1, 2007, the United Nations called for one day each year to be designated as World Autism Day and on December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly designated April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day. Since then, April has been designated Autism Awareness Month, and recently, the push towards acceptance, more than awareness, has been recognized nationwide. We are proud to present our part towards building acceptance in cultural institutions and continue the conversation with our exhibition and process.

About ABC of NC:

ABC of NC is a nonprofit center dedicated to providing high-quality, evidence-based diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational services to people with autism spectrum disorder; ensuring service accessibility to individuals from any economic background; offering support and hope to families; and advocating for inclusion and acceptance. The vision of ABC of NC is that all people living with autism spectrum disorder reach their full potential in a world where they are valued, accepted, and included.

About The Engaging Educator:

The Engaging Educator specializes in customized programming for communication, presentation, and social skills through improv-based education. Using the idea that improv is akin to going to the gym for your brain, as well as a lifestyle, EE has reached over 25,000 people since 2012 – all non-actors! – with the awesomeness that is improv. Along with corporations, museums and organizations, EE has specialized programs for students on the autism spectrum, using improv-based education for social skill development.