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The KNOWAutism “As I Am” Art Festival

Sunday, May 23, 2021 at The Fish Plaza at the Wortham Theater Center @ 11AM-3PM

We are proud to introduce the 1st Annual “As I Am” Art Festival 2021 that celebrates the immense talents of our children that live just under the surface of their disabilities. When these talents are awakened, great things begin to emerge! AWAKENINGS take place! Purpose and excitement bubble up! We sincerely hope you will join us in acknowledging our incredible young artists. We will have exhibits of more than 200 artworks from children with special needs of Age 5 and up, stilt walkers, balloon artists, magician, vocal performances by our arts group, and food trucks!

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Dear Friends of KNOWAutism,

The inaugural “AS I AM” Art Festival is designed to celebrate children with disabilities, and their families as well as enhance community awareness of KNOWAutism and our partner programs. We decided as an organization to cross-pollenate and include organizations that address the abundant needs that exist among the children and families we not only represent, but advocate for! Children with special needs!

KNOWAutism launched a pilot of the “AS I AM” art project in the Fall of 2020. A total of 41 Art Kits were distributed to children within the KNOWAutism family. A total of 29 pieces were completed and photos of the art were submitted back to KNOWAutism. They were amazing!

Following the pilot, it was obvious that we had provided a healthy distraction from the COVID-19 pandemic and a project that could involve families. We also learned that we had unleashed a vibrancy in our autistic children that had not been realized before. In short, there are incredible artists among our children with disabilities. We sincerely hope you will join us in spotlighting our young artists who have worked very hard at our 1st Annual Art Festival: A day of celebration and artistry!

COVID-19 Safety Protocol

Participants and guests can rest assured that “As I Am” Grand Marshall, Sippi Khurana, MD, and co-chairs, Amy Pierce, Michelle Bohreer, and Marian McClendon, are making the necessary arrangements for this event to be savored in person and to follow all protocol and safety precautions to keep everyone safe. KNOWAutism, as well as all of our vendors, will follow all current regulations as prescribed by the CDC and the City of Houston. There will be a controlled entrance for all attendees. Each attendee will undergo a temperature check by an EMT. Upon passing this test, they will each receive a wrist band allowing free admission into the festival space. Hand Sanitation Stations will be available throughout the festival and masks are mandatory. We will follow safety guidelines regarding population of our space on FISH Plaza. Should we reach capacity, we will follow a procedure of one in, one out!

We sincerely hope you will be able to join us in person as an underwriter, sponsor or guest for our As I Am Art Festival on May 23, 2021. If you can’t join us, please consider making a gift to support our children to help them flourish. If you have questions or would like additional information, please call Paul-David Van Atta at 713-677-1156 (PD@KNOW-Autism.org). We look forward to sharing this day with you and celebrating the success you make possible for our KNOWAutism children.

Shining light on ability, not disability,

Sippi Khurana, MD

“As I Am” Grand Marshall

Each participant of the “As I Am” Art Festival will receive an art kit including:

11″ x 14″ Canvas
Acrylic Paint Set
Brushes
Palette
Know Autism Draw String Art Bag

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