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Boca Museum to Showcase Works by Artists with Disabilities
Published Thursday, June 13, 2013

Boca Raton, FL – The Boca Museum of Art will present an exhibition of beautiful and compelling works produced at three pioneering centers for artists with developmental disabilities. The exhibition, titled Create, will be on display July 27 through September 22, 2013. In conjunction with the exhibition, The Art School of the Boca Museum will offer a new summer class for teens with mild to moderate autism.

Create features over 100 artworks produced by 20 artists over the past 20 years at three pioneering non-profit centers for artists with developmental disabilities: Creativity Explored; Creative Growth Art Center; and the National Institute for Art and Disabilities Art Center (NIAD). The three independent centers share an approach focused on a group studio environment, professionalism, and engagement with the broader art community. Artists at the centers work alongside one another, make frequent visits to local galleries and museums, have regular access to artist mentors, and create extraordinary and diverse works for exhibition. Their art can be seen in prominent museums throughout the country and are sought out by notable collectors.

“The Create exhibition offers exceptional evidence that art is a unique and significant method of expression and communication” said Museum director, Steven Maklansky. “Additionally, we are confident that the exhibition will compel our audiences to refocus and reevaluate their views on the capabilities and needs of people with disabilities.”

The Art School of the Boca Museum will offer a new class starting summer of 2013 called Creative Expression for Teens with Mild to Moderate Autism. Created in partnership with the Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, the class is designed to engage the visual and perceptive areas of the brain to increase students’ creative self-expression, build self-confidence and independence, provide an opportunity to develop relationships in a collaborative and supportive environment, and enrich students’ lives by increasing their horizons of interests and activities.

Classes are held weekly on Tuesday between 4:00 and 6:00 PM from July 1 to July 26. Those interested in sponsoring an adolescent for this art class or would like additional class information, call 561.392.2503.

Create is a traveling exhibition curated by Lawrence Rinder, with Matthew Higgs, and organized by the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and ICI (Independent Curators International), New York. The exhibition and the accompanying catalog were made possible, in part, by Dr. James B. Pick and Dr. Rosalyn M. Laudati, and the continued support of the BAM/PFA Trustees. Additional support for the tour is made possible in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the ICI Board of Trustees.

Boca Museum of Art
The Boca Museum of Art is one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida, achieving international recognition as a world-class visual arts institution for its dynamic, changing exhibitions from acclaimed artists and distinguished permanent collection. The Museum’s many public programs include artist presentations, family activities, art films, the Annual Art Festival, and more than 100 classes per week at its studio Art School. Museum Auxiliaries include The Artists’ Guild, Friends Auxiliary, and Collectors’ Forum. For more information call 561.392.2500 or visit The Art School is located at 801 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486.

FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) provides expert consulting, training, and support, at no charge, for people with autism and related disabilities, their families, and the professionals serving them.

Independent Curators International
Independent Curators International (ICI) connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration through the production of exhibitions, events, publications, and curatorial training. Headquartered in New York, the organization provides public access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in curating and exhibition-making around the world, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art. Since it was established in 1975, ICI has worked with over 1,000 curators and 3,700 artists from 47 countries worldwide.

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