The Arts at ASI collectively represent our signature platform, emblematic of our mission. Today our affiliated visual and performing artists are recognized by the cultural community of Western New York, and beyond.
Arts Work was introduced in 2002 by Executive Director Veronica Federiconi, to give people with autism the chance to become involved in the visual and performing arts. Art studios and teaching artists are provided as a resource to all who attend our program sites. In addition, we partner with local artists and art organizations to create reciprocal learning experiences and other collaborative art projects between ASI artists and their professional artist peers. Arts opportunities are offered throughout the agency, to adults, students, and community members with autism, providing a broad range of options specific to each program within its operation.
Visual Arts: Both our Buffalo and Williamsville Day Services sites have an art studio and a teaching artist on staff to assist our adult artists. The main visual arts objective is for adults to find materials they feel comfortable with and create art-making methods of their own. Our affiliated artists have reached personal and professional milestones, such as solo exhibitions, community recognition, and awards.
Music/Creative Movement: Day program locations also have music rooms at each site, with a Music Instructor and Movement Instructor on staff to provide a broad range of opportunities: instrumental and vocal music instruction and performance, theater arts, movement classes and yoga. Our ensemble of vocalists and musicians, No Words Spoken, performs at a variety of events throughout the community each year.
Art, Music, and Creative Movement teachers provide educational experiences in the visual, musical, performing arts and movement, to students at both our Bryant Stratton Way and Elmwood School sites.
Education program students are given the opportunity to show their artwork in community art exhibits with our adult artists, as well as participate in student art exhibits. Students are encouraged to try new materials and group projects and given time to explore individualized projects of their choice.
Music and Movement offers relaxation, fun, and exercise, encouraging interactive participation with choice of song and activity, through guided instruction. Opportunities for group and individualized instrumental vocal and music instruction and yoga are available for our students.