In March 2014, 6 students with autism gathered for an Art and Architecture Workshop in Maryville, TN. Autism educators and student volunteers from Maryville College provided one-on-one support, and local architects led activities and worked directly with students.
Students took part in a wide variety of projects to build social, physical, and cognitive skills and learn in a hands-on way about specific structures and Tennessee’s architecture in general.
The workshop was a joint effort of Art for Autism Tennessee, VSA Tennessee, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and was designed to explore how aware young people on the autism spectrum are of the function and form of buildings around them.
You can also read more about this workshop in the article “Architect for a Day,” published in Breaking Ground Issue 77.