Art Plus Heart: the A+Arts Club

The A+Arts Club is a year-round program of the Northfield Arts Guild as a part of its Autism and the Arts Program. The program is created and directed by its founder Laura Goodwin.

Autism and the Arts is an art program for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum that began in 2010.  The purpose of the program is to provide the opportunity for participants to develop art and social skills in a well structured, safe, social environment, empowering them to thrive in their community. Participants learn the value of collaboration, being open to new ideas and experiences, while building a sense of community.  Social and life skills are practiced in a supportive setting. We share in the experience of art-making, friendship and trust.

Summer Art Mart is a six-week summer program that gives participants the opportunity to develop and create artful object for the marketplace. The focus is to provide a well-structured, safe social environment for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum. The program meets twice per week, and local area artists provide instruction and and support to develop artistic and entrepreneurial skills.

A+ Art Club offers a weekly art-making and social experience to young people on the autism spectrum who are in the transitional age group of ages 16 and up. Local professional artists and art educators teach sessions in a variety of media. Peer volunteers from St. Olaf College and the Northfield community work side by side with the students with autism.

To view the documentary (runtime of 24 minutes), please click on the link shown below.

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