The mission of Bittersweet, Inc. is to positively impact the lives of individuals with autism and those whose lives they touch. The goal is to increase autonomy and self-reliance, empower choices, maximize dignity, and encourage interaction through vocational, residential, community living, transitional school, and recreational programs. Bittersweet makes delicious, shelf-stable pesto products made with basil and arugula grown in the hoop houses. In addition, the Creative Arts Program allows individuals to create art and express themselves, while also reducing anxiety. Examples of artwork include ceramic pieces, paintings, woven placements and table runners, jewelry, and fused glass.
Brian Watkins Gallery
Hi, my name is Brian, and I am on the autism spectrum. Autism occurs in one of every sixty-eight people. When you use my greeting cards, you are helping to support my talents and efforts at leading a productive life.
Epic Luis Art
Epic Luis Art was founded 2013, by Luis Tirado with the help of his parents. Luis is a talented awards winner young artist with autism. Luis sells works of art and fun products with his art to help other young people with Autism. Epic Luis Art donates 10 percent of its profits to various non-profit organizations that help families affected by Autism. Epic Luis Art mission is to promote independence and help others on the spectrum. Luis wants to grow his business to hire people on the spectrum to discover their abilities and be independent.
EytanArt is the inspiration of Eytan Nisinzweig, an artist with autism, who sees the purity in life and captures it with simplistic honesty, and his mother Susan Nisinzweig, a social worker committed to helping kids and adults feel accepted and respected in their homes, schools, communities and their world. Products include t-shirts, bookmarks, posters, notecards, tote bags, gifts and more! There are various designs to choose from and a new option to customize your EytanArt shirt or tote bag! Eytan also has a collection of posters, Give and Get R.E.A.L. with messages that are about reducing bullying and promoting respect, esteem, acceptance and love.
Sometimes individuals with autism are better able to express themselves in photographs than in words. The In-Focus Project was developed so that individuals with autism with an interest in the arts could take photographs throughout the community and provide neurotypical viewers with a small window of what they see as important in their world. This program gives the participants the resources and supports that they need to become competent visual artists. The In-Focus Project photographers have a voice through these photos, and thereby, whether verbal and non-verbal, they each gain a chance to tell their stories in photographs.
Nick's Art Project
Nick's Art Project was founded in 2010 by Nicholas Gammicchia as a means of giving back to his community. As a young child, he was diagnosed with severe autism. Various interventions assisted him over the years, however the two that open doors for him were art and music therapy. His early self-portrait "Smile" is used as the trademark piece by the organization because it signifies an early breakthrough for him to communicating his feelings to others in the only way possible at that time, through his drawing and painting. As an aspiring artist, Nicholas realized he could use his passion to help others. Today Nicholas is doing well, is in college and studying to be an illustrator within the film industry. He and his brother have developed this project to allow for proceeds from sales and contributions to go toward providing scholarship opportunities for others to obtain art and music therapy. Nicholas designs all of the products, prints and develops the materials utilized for the note cards featured on this site as well as other products currently in development. He has a micro-enterprise where he has learned to be a self-determined business minded individual who hopes to be an inspiration to others.
These unique cards are created and assembled by students in Anderson Center for Autism’s art and vocational programs. Proceeds from the sale of Noteworthy cards directly support these vital student programs at Anderson Center for Autism.
Renewing the Renaissance
Renewing the Renaissance was started as a way to support, both financially and spiritually, artists on the autism spectrum. The aim is to be able to connect our wonderfully talented artists with patrons to allow them not only to be able to sell their work, but to make connections with people that show the artists they are supported and their work is meaningful. Your purchase creates dignity, professional development, community and original artwork. By scrolling through our gallery, you can meet our artists and get to know more about them—their personal bios and the type of work they excel in creating.
Soul Studio (a project of Friendship Circle)
The Dresner Foundation Soul Studio provides a place for adults with special needs to express themselves through creative exploration of the arts, while also learning a variety of vocational skills. Our artists are introduced to a variety of art making processes including; painting, ceramics, weaving, sculpture, photography and printmaking. Our goal is to continue to add new and exciting art media for our artists to explore. Our artists work independently in the studio, but have staff and volunteers available to help facilitate and guide them through the process. The Soul Studio artists design, create and sell their works of art in our Soul Gallery, and earn commission on the pieces they sell.
Fun novelty products including wrapping paper, coffee mugs and T-shirts created using the unique artwork of local artists with autism. Artwork that makes you smile:) Portion of proceeds from each sale donated to grassroots Autism organizations.