Stand UP, Speak UP…Raul O. Munoz

Here at the AutismHWY Chalk Festival…not only do we chalk where we stand…we speak up and out against injustice ~Artfully!

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AutismHWY and those of us amplifying the voice of Autistic people are tired of hearing about Autism from NON Autistic people. The information has been inaccurate and has distracted our community from being the BEST that it can be. It is a certainty that truly listening to and including Autistic people into ‘Autism Industry’ will change the world for all of US forever. The ultimate IN inclusion!!

This year we are lucky to have Raul O. Munoz as one of our event speakers!raul o munoz

I met Raul last year when he and other members of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network joined us! What a great guy. I was really moved when I later heard what he had to say about the event in OUR festival video by Manuel Valenzuela here:

I am really looking forward to hearing what Raul has to say this year! make sure you are here during the 2 o’clock hour to hear our speeches and guest performances!

Here is a quick preview from Raul himself:

The Autism CF is such an amazing event in that it promotes acceptance and love for the Autistic population. Despite where one falls on the spectrum, everyone has the right to feel accepted and loved. This event does that. It is a celebration where many Autistic people and supporters can come together and create a wonderful masterpiece through their art or just relax without feeling judged or turned away.
Autism has many faces, but some of those faces are not worry or fear. Us Autistics can be some of the brightest people on the planet. There may be challenges and while some of us may require more support than others, we can achieve a lot with love, patience, and persistence. There is no need for a “cure”.
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Kelly Green writes as admin for the Autism Chalk Art website.

Kelly is the mother to a very vocal, non-speaking teenaged Autistic son. The founder of AutismHWY and the creator of the Making Friends with Autism Coloring Book Series. She seeks to amplify the voice of Autistic people helping the world to realize their significance past, present and future.

www.autismhwy.com

Standing IN Judgment

There is so much talk of judgement in the world these days. Who should or should not be judged. People decry judgements in daily conversation and connection… however, judgement is evolutionarily crucial and needed in life for healthy transformations.

Activist’s use judgment to assess morality and integrity within the toxic societies we reside in. Judgments are needed and help us breakdown the very barriers that confine us. The barriers Autistic people ‘activate’ against! Judgments that create barriers seen and unseen.gavel

Examine the judgments about Autism and Autistic people that have been activated against them. Judgments which have hindered their very existence. Judgments that shackle their freedom of Autistic expression and movement in this world…daily.

At the chalk festival judgment literally looks down!! This year we have created an exciting NEW regime in judgment! OUR beloved original feature Artist Bj Lane will evolve into the position of head judge. Judgment in chief if you will!!

Bj Lane is an amazing Southern California based artist I have long admired. In 2010 Bj and I finally met at the L.A. County Fair, bj lane realizing we had far more in common than our love for ART. Upon meeting Wyatt and myself, Bj told us she was also on the AutismHWY raising an Autistic daughter; Tammy that was now a lovely young woman!

I invited Bj to join us in building the chalk festival right then and there. For 5 yrs. she has wowed us with her street art work and the crowning achievement last year…her Temple Grandin chalk masterpiece.

A view from above
A view from above
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Photo reference

So, as we move into our 6th year Bj will now judge others ART for us ALL!

10 awards for 10 Artist’s. Two tiers, 5 awards each for Professional and Amateur street Artists!

Best of Show-Best Color-Autistic Pride Design-Most Originality and Most Comical!

Saturday April 9th come out to see the beautiful images to assign judgment upon!! Joining Bj in her judgments will be Artist/Photographer, longtime Covina Cultural Arts Commissioner Bob Orso.

Bob photobombing at the Citrus College GumbyFest!
Bob photobombing at the Citrus College GumbyFest!

Bob brings a great eye to the panel and we are pleased to have him on board.

Our third and final Judge for this years illustrious panel will be two time Chalk festival Award winner Carissa Paccerelli! This will be Carissa’s fourth time chalking our event and we are so proud she has agreed to add her Autistic eye for detail in judgement as well!

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2 time Chalk Festival Award Winner Carissa Paccerelli and her “Messy Stitch”

 

What a well rounded group of ‘judgy judgers who judge’ whom will be judging all of this years AutismHWY.com’s Chalk Festival  BRILLIANTLY! LOL…

 

THANK YOU all… so MUCH!

 

 

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Kelly Green writes as admin for the Autism Chalk Art website.

Kelly is the mother to a very vocal, non-speaking teenaged Autistic son. The founder of AutismHWY and the creator of the Making Friends with Autism Coloring Book Series. She seeks to amplify the voice of Autistic people helping the world to realize their significance past, present and future.

www.autismhwy.com

 

Rod Tryon…Tries on The AutismHWY Chalk Fest!

WOW….this IS powerful good news. heart3 Rod Tryon will be joining us next month on April 9th here in Covina! We are so honored by ALL of the immense talents shared with us each and every year, and it just keeps getting better!! Rod is one of those Artist’s whose work just commands attention. His art is something fantastic to see, no wonder he has traveled the world with his trusty chalk! We are  honored that he will share his valuable time and talent with us this year in Covina , California at our 6th annual event.  Lucky US! The Artist’s that ‘paint street’ are a whole other breed of animal and I am soO glad that OUR Autistic Artist’s will be mingling all day with greatness while witnessing first hand techniques that WILL astound.

It IS so important for Artist’s to share their process when they can! Those of us always looking for tricks can learn so much being in the presence of these talented masters. It’s such a magical thing to see. A blotch of concrete transformed into almost anything one can imagine…and sometimes things one just can’t!!

I was lucky enough to meet Rod at last fall’s Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival as he created THIS masterpiece…

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What an interesting and talented man. make sure you come out to see just what he has up his sleeve for all of us. Meanwhile take a look at these great pics all found on his fabulous facebook page!

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Learn MORE about Rod’s street painting history here in this great interview by master chalk-artist Tracy Lee Stum…

JOIN US April 9th and BE AMAZED by pavement and chalk!

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Kelly Green writes as admin for the Autism Chalk Art website.

Kelly is the mother to a very vocal, non-speaking teenaged Autistic son. The founder of AutismHWY and the creator of the Making Friends with Autism Coloring Book Series. She seeks to amplify the voice of Autistic people helping the world to realize their significance past, present and future.

www.autismhwy.com