In 2004, Anderson Center for Autism established Expressive Outcomes, a program to engage Anderson adult clients in the arts.
The program has grown tremendously since its inception with more artists participating in more complicated and diverse media and textures including photography, both individually and collaboratively. Expressive Outcomes provides adult artists opportunities to experiment in visual, spoken, and performing arts. Visual art exhibits take place throughout the year. At these exhibits, artists discuss their inspiration, techniques, and ideas surrounding their art. Artists are encouraged to explore new creative realms based on their interests and goals and are assisted in displaying their work in community galleries and other venues.
Projects are expressive and playful in nature, demonstrating the artists’ enjoyment working in different media, textures, and with each other on collaborative projects. Over time, artists have developed more sophisticated pieces while continuing to collaborate. Distinct artists have emerged, independently creating unique artwork. Some of our artists have been motivated by their success to enter their works in outside exhibits.
Expressive Outcomes offers new opportunities for artists to express themselves and develop new skills, including music, movement, and theater. This program connects the artists with other artists, arts organizations, and the broader community, widening our individuals’ network and bringing new opportunities to our adults.