The A5 Art Festival


The A5 project (Awesome, Autism, Art, Awareness, Acceptance) is a yearly 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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This year’s theme is “The Hero In You!” 

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The Awesome Autism Awareness and Acceptance Art Festival is local art project that celebrates artwork created by youth and adults on the Autism Spectrum. This year our project is promoting HEROES. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, from places you least expect and those that are right in front of you.

This festival is full of fun! Collaborative artwork and individual submissions will be on display. Local agencies will have art and sensory booths that can be enjoyed at any age. Therapy animals, and so much more…

THIS YEAR – We welcome local comic artist Samuel Locke Ward, who will be helping participants make their very own comics! Sam is a celebrated local musician and regularly writes and creates artwork published in Little Village. More about Sam HERE.

We will also welcome local dance troupe Debut Dance who will be doing a special performance at the show.

Find the Facebook event HERE.

How to Participate – 

Partnered with The Arc of Southeast Iowa, all art submissions can be sent to or dropped off at The Arc of Southeast Iowa office. Art will be mounted and displayed by A5 volunteers and can be taken home at the end of the show. There is no fee to participate. All media and formats (singing, poetry, painting, etc) welcome!

2620 Muscatine Ave.
Iowa City, IA 52240

For questions about art submissions or interest in getting involved, please contact Tomeka Magnani at

Need some inspiration? Download and submit these coloring pages! Or just give them to any of your little heroes.

Superhero Cape


I am brave because

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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