ART AT THE ARC

2019 Art at the Arc

Happiness, Pride, Satisfaction, Concentration! "I DID IT"

Each summer, for over 12 years, Cultural Arts of Waco has worked with the Arc of McLennan County to provide art classes for their summer day camp students with developmental disabilities. Cultural Arts of Waco started out as one program, Waco Cultural Arts Fest, a huge outdoor event with music and lots of people. We were approached by parents of children on the autism spectrum to talk about bringing the arts activities to students who might not be able to handle the sensory overload of the Fest and Art at the Arc was born! Starting smaller, with two days a week for a few weeks, we now work with students age 5-19 for three days a week for the full 8-week program, culminating in the ART at the ARC Exhibition the first week of August.

Cultural Arts of Waco recognizes the importance of the arts in the developmental and social needs for students on the autism spectrum, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Arts activities for children who are differently-abled are not just “nice to have” – they are key components in therapeutic interventions which have profound and lasting effects on cognitive, social and communication abilities.  Cultural Arts of Waco fills an extremely important need in our community among area families and individuals living with special needs, including and especially for those with autism.

Art activities stimulate creativity and cognitive skills and empower the children to communicate beyond the constraints of verbal communication.

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