Call for Proposals: Arts and Autism Conference, 20th Sept., Ohio

2016 Arts & Autism Conference: Creating, Learning, Living

Tuesday 20th September 2016

Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215

About the Conference:

The 2016 Arts and Autism Conference: Creating, Learning, Living, is the second convening of its kind in central Ohio. This full-day conference features practice, presentation, and research in the arts and autism. The purpose of this conference is to bring together artists, arts and culture administrators, individuals with autism and their families, practitioners, support professionals, researchers, therapists, and advocates who specialize or have an interest in the intersection of arts and autism. The conference will inspire attendees to share ideas and learn more about the benefits, resources, and opportunities to make the arts and arts education accessible for individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families.

About the Call for Proposals:

The 2016 Arts and Autism Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for presentations relating to this year’s conference theme: Creating, Learning, Living. Presentations may take various forms, from lecture to artistic demonstration to panel to another creative format. Proposals are welcome from anyone interested in the intersection of arts and autism: families, therapists, practitioners, researchers, etc. Individuals on the autism spectrum are highly encouraged to apply.

Proposal submissions are due Monday 22nd February 2016, 5:00 pm, EST.
Responses may be expected by Friday 4th March 2016.

Proposals should relate to the following themes:


  • Creating opportunities to engage with the arts and/or engage with individuals with autism.
  • Creating access to art venues, events and experiences.
  • Process of art creation in itself, whether for therapy, education, vocation, or play.
  • Process of creating dialogue and advocacy around engaging difference.


  • Learning how to expand current events and spaces to include a more diverse population, including those with autism.
  • Learning about the benefits the arts have to offer individuals on the spectrum, and their families.
  • Learning to recognize that an individual with autism has an interest or talent in the arts and how to work with them and develop that interest or talent.
  • Learning how to make accommodations in the classroom and other arts learning spaces.
  • Learning about the relationship between and art and therapy, including strategies, goals, and best practices.
  • Learning to understand the genres of art (i.e. self-taught artists, outsider artists).
  • Learning to take talent or interest and turn it into a career.


  • Living in your community and accessing creative opportunities.
  • Making a living with a career in the arts.
  • Making the arts community a place in which difference is lived, celebrated, and embraced.
  • Identifying mentors and peers to support success and inclusion.
  • The use of art in play, and the value of creative play in the childhood experience of people with autism.

To access the call for proposals visit the submission page.

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