Western Michigan University Frostic School of Art Professor Bill Davis and College of Health and Human services Master Faculty Specialist/ Program Coordinator for integrative holistic health and wellness Gay Walker jointly announce the College of Fine Arts 2013 Fellowship Autism and Visual Art Project and course outcomes. This KRESA and WMU Frostic School of Art studio art course collaboration combined service learning with research. WMU Undergraduate students were part of an ongoing project studying how visual art made by people with autism contributes to the understanding of their cognitive and communication skills.
The Autism and Visual Art Project is a full spectrum project studying a full spectrum condition. As funded by the College of Fine Arts 2013 Fellowship, this is more than a singular project with a singular focus. The Autism and Visual Art Project is a studio art course, vehicle for research, prospect for observation, thought experiment in art, documentary film, self-study in community outreach, fellowship, academic collaboration, service-learning opportunity and immersive meditation in human development. WMU Undergraduate student co-researchers worked with KRESA students with autism in visual art workshops to generate data that may help better define native skill sets.
This fellowship funded undergraduate students to make and use art to research a quickly growing developmental exceptionality in the U.S.- Autism. The one in 10,000 U.S. newborns with autism in 1970 expanded to 11 in 1,000 by 2009. This rose to 11 in 968 by 2011. Currently, 1 in 88 US infants will be born with autism.
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