Pictures by Pat Jones of patjonesphotography.com More below!
On Wednesday August 8th I attended the Arc of McLennan County Autism Art show at the Austin Avenue Baptist Church in Waco. The show featured work by autistic children from McLennan County. Their work was displayed throughout the bottom level of Acts church as a colorful tribute to space and human consciousness. I wandered the makeshift gallery taking in the color with a sense of pleasant amusement. The event featured the classical sounds of Waco’s Horton Duo. As I took in the cornucopia of color and spoke with the children and staff involved with the camp I became immediately aware that this was not a normal art show. The camp enriched these children’s lives by providing them a place to socialize and interact with their others during their summer break as well as tap into a form of creativity and expression that is so valuable to children. The Art camp empowered these kids by giving them a place to develop their motor skills and social skills during their summer vacation. The art show and day camp also represented an effort to give these autistic children of McLennan County a chance to express themselves through art and be recognized by the community.