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Panel Discussion on the Arts and Autism
Panel Discussion on the Arts and Autism

In conjunction with the ongoing Community Gallery exhibit “James Marino: Bflo Watercolors,” the Historical Society and Autistic Services Inc. present an evening panel discussion.

The panel discussion will be led by Veronica Federiconi, Executive Director of Autistic Services, and will also include Dana Ranke, ASI Teaching Artist, and Marino’s mother, Cathy Rouin. The panel will specifically discuss ASI’s successful Arts Work program, and more generally how using art for people on the autism spectrum can be effective; creation of art is a powerful source of expression, communication, and a tool for artists on the spectrum.

The panel will also address James Marino’s continued development as an artist in general and within the Arts Work program, as well as the program’s approach to working with artists with autism, specifically the methods and the supports the program finds helpful to utilize in the studio. The panel will discuss how community involvement such as the Historical Society show and related programming helps to raise awareness. A question and answer session will be included.

“James Marino: Bflo Watercolors,” is on display through September 24. The show features Marino’s representations of iconic Buffalo buildings and locations. Marino is an artist with autism, who has been an artist all his life, and who creates some of his work within the Autistic Services Inc.’s Arts Work program.


WHAT: “The Arts and Autism” panel discussion

WHERE: The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 25 Notthingham Ct., Buffalo

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6 to 8 p.m.

HOW MUCH: Free for members, free with museum admission for the general public.

INFO: buffalohistory.org, 873-9644 x311

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