Art night brings awareness for Autism


In an effort to bring more awareness to autism during the month of April, designated as Autism Awareness Month, Art Night South Miami will host an exhibit of artists diagnosed with autism during the SoMi ARTWALK © program for this coming Friday, April 9. In conjunction with the University of Miami – Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) artists from the program will have their work displayed in the ArtWalk headquarters courtyard located at the First National Bank of South Miami at 5780 Sunset Drive. Two artists being featured are Christian Early, Acrylic on Canvas & Marker on Paper and Rachel Olin-Levy, Mixed Medium – Nature Theme.

UM-NSU CARD is a South Florida non-profit organization, committed to providing FREE family support, outreach, and educational support services to children and adults of all levels of intellectual functioning who have Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Center provides services for over 5,100 families throughout the tri-county. Services include family support, technical assistance and consultation, parent and professional training programs, and public education activities. The center supports research in a variety of disciplines to better understand the causes and potential treatments for the disorder.

Other venues around the South Miami Town Center will exhibit works of other local artists.

Held on the second Friday of the month from October through May, more than 20 participating Host Venues throughout town showcase local artists while offering guests some light refreshments.

Dressed in vivid artists’ smocks and greeting visitors, our Art Night Ambassadors will be eye-catching in the town center handing our SOMI Artwalk maps and answering questions. “GET YOUR ART ON” t-shirts will be available for sale at the art night headquarters.

Special Art Night discounted parking is available at the PLAZA 57 Garage and the surface lots at the First National Bank of South Miami. Both are located on 73 Street. Babysitting services are also available at MindWorks Learning Center, 7250 SW 57 Avenue. For reservations, call 305.669.8383.

For a list of participating venues, go to

UPCOMING DATES: April 9 & May 14. SoMi Artwalk© is a featured event of the Red/Sunset Merchants Association and produced by TCMC, Inc. (Town Center Marketing Concepts).

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