Now Accepting Submissions to the A5 Art Show!

The A5 Project

The A5 Project

The A5 project (Awesome, Autism, Art, Awareness, Acceptance) is a yearly art show and community festival sponsored by the Arc of Southeast Iowa that celebrates the artistic talents of children on the autism spectrum. The Iowa City Autism Community is also proud to be a co-sponsor of this show. The mission is to showcase artwork done by autistic children and young adults on the autism spectrum in order to promote community understanding and appreciation of autism. This event also has craft and activity tables, music, food, therapy animals is always FREE and open to the public.

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In the past, we have had the honor of having Miracles in Motion, Childserve, The Wendell-Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic, Winds of Change Pet Therapy, and many more help make things possible. We could not make this show happen without their volunteered generosity. Many original works of art can also be seen on display in the Iowa City Public Library, The Coralville Library, Hills Bank and more after the show! Keep up to date with our blog and check the Facebook page for more details.

We also host many opportunities to create artwork throughout weeks prior to the A5 art show. Children in the Iowa City Community School District may have a chance to create artwork for the show in the classroom. Contact your individual school for more details. Also, check out our blog and calendar for these often FREE opportunities for your child to make some artwork to display in the show. The Brush and Barrel has reduced price painting workshops for individuals on the autism spectrum as well.

This year, the A5 Show is being generously hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Society in their beautiful new facility. We sincerely thank them for hosting us this year!

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This year’s show is guaranteed to be fun time for the whole family. There will be craft tables, displayed artwork, therapy animals, music from the Yahoo Drummers, face painting, sensory tables and much more!

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the show, registration sign up can be found here. calltoartistsa52018

The A5 project is always looking for people to help before, during, and after the show. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here.

Contact: or visit their Facebook page

1-319-351-5017 (Arc of Southeast Iowa)

Iowa City Autism Community is Sponsoring FREE Visual Supports Workshop

The Iowa City Autism Community has partnered with the University of Iowa Stead Children’s Hospital Autism Center to host a FREE visual supports workshop. This event is open to parents, educators and service providers. Sue Askeland will be presenting this workshop on visual supports for individuals on the autism spectrum. Focus will be on schedules, transitions, and other issues that individuals on the autism spectrum may benefit from getting visual support. Iowa City Autism Community is sponsoring the cost of this event so that all participants can leave with their own visual support materials.

This event is for parents, caregivers, and those who work with autistic individuals. Childcare is not available. Parking in Ramp 3.

The Iowa City Autism Community thanks Sue Askeland,MA and The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Autism Center for their partnership and generosity in hosting this event.


**MUST email Mary Roberts, Program Coordinator of the UIHC Autism Center to Register:
**PLEASE register by JANUARY 26

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Understood Sponsors Free 2E Binder Making Event

Join and the Cooridor 2E Group to create a binder that will be helpful with twice-exceptional students for IEP meetings. Built upon a strengths focus, resources will be provided for advocating for our kids whose intellectual gifts and other disabilities co-exist. Materials will be provided!

Parents with children of all ages are encouraged to attend (even adult children). We learn from our friends who have traveled this road ahead of us. Please bring your words of wisdom and encouragement.

Following the IEP Binder Building Workshop there will be a time for parents to network and connect with others who have similar celebrations and concerns.

Facebook event is here.

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