ASD Art Gallery at the York Catholic District School Board

Art is the gift of God and must be used unto His glory.
Michelangelo

The tenth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2018. In honour of this internationally recognized day, autism organizations around the world celebrate with unique awareness-raising events. Once again this year, major global landmarks will light up in the colour blue in support of autism awareness, including the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, Christ the Redeemer statue and the Panama Canal.

To mark this important occasion, once again this year, YCDSB is pleased to present the ASD Art Gallery. This art exhibition on display in the foyer of the Catholic Education Centre celebrates the artistic accomplishments of YCDSB students with Autism from grades K-12. While the pieces on display demonstrate various types of art media, all pieces relay the same powerful message: that art is an effective and inspiring tool for self-expression, especially when words are missing.

This year, Michael Scarsellone and Nell Hubers, two of our accomplished artists from St. Maximilian Kolbe Secondary School who showcased a number of their pieces in the exhibition, came to the Education Centre to view the artwork of their peers. While here, they had the opportunity to meet Tina D’Acunto, Superintendent of Education: Exceptional Learners, who thanked them for sharing their gifts with everyone at YCDSB! Congratulations to Michael and Nell on their masterpieces as well as to all of this year’s artists.