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Press Release – March 6, 2014

WorldCause Foundation Visits Coral Spring's Museum of Art Kaleidoscope ArtReach Program – Follow Up

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WorldCause Foundation is pleased to release the follow up results of the Coral Spring's Museum of Art – Kaleidoscope ArtReach Program. Back in October of 2013, WorldCause Foundation provided a grant to CSMART (Coral Springs Museum of Art) in the amount of $2,000.00 to help fund an exclusive art program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

This donation was also matched 2 to 1 by the Community Foundation of Broward with an additional $4,000.00. The Kaleidoscope program was launched January 30th, 2014 with 20 children from Parkside Elementary School. The children were split into 2 groups, the first in a 9am class, and the second group in an 11am class which both spanned over a period of 7 weeks.

Jacklyn Laflamme, a local artist who volunteered her time to help these special children, noted that the students were very excited and receptive right away. Children with Autism often have a hard time working with others, or even communicating and opening up. They may also face additional challenges including difficulty with verbal communication and expression of feelings. Jacklyn stated that throughout the course a few students who were completely non-verbal beforehand had opened up and were communicating verbally, creating artwork and successfully collaborating and working with fellow students.

Through this program the children were able to create meaningful art through use of painting, drawing, and construction of abstract art using random objects. Additionally, the children also found another unique way to create drawings, by use of the rotating clay machine wheel. On the day of WorldCause Foundations visit, these children were observed working together, laughing and expressing themselves vocally and through art they personally created.

Julia Andrews, CSMART Education and Public Programs Director stated that the overwhelming success as a result of this program would be taken into consideration for a possible 2nd offering of this course in the fall of 2014. The students not only opened up with each other, but achieved the ability to express themselves through art they had never thought of creating before. Additionally, information and feedback derived from this successful course will be analyzed by Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, who have successfully offered art classes for autistic individuals over the span of the last 5 years.

Please click the photo above to view a slideshow of the children and the class. WorldCause Foundation would like to thank Coral Springs Museum of Art, all of the artists and teachers who volunteered their time for this program, The Community Foundation of Broward and the children themselves for their participation.

More updates will be posted on our website in the future. For more information on the Coral Springs Museum of Art please visit, www.CoralSpringsMuseum.org, and for the Community Foundation of Broward please visit, www.cfbroward.org.