A Student and Educator Elizabeth Miron Explore the Galleries
Image courtesy of Ingrid Damiani.

Innovative program helps children pilot the spectrum

Art Aviators is an educational initiative designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other exceptionalities.

While children with ASD struggle with verbal communication, social relations, and sensory development, creative art-making activities enable them to foster new means of self-expression and communication. Utilizing three educational components—art studio, galleries, and MOCA Jacksonville’s Art Explorium—the Art Aviators program harnesses art and art-making activities as means of promoting expression and social interaction among children with ASD and their teachers, caregivers, and peers. Created in 2007, this innovative program, previously called Rainbow Artists, and its results have been nationally recognized by museum associations and health care providers alike.

Saturday, September 21, 2017 // 10-11:30a.m. Register Here.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 // 10-11:30a.m. Register Here.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 // 10-11:30a.m. Register Here.

Saturday, March 9, 2018 // 10-11:30a.m. Register Here.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 // 10-11:30a.m. Register Here.


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Staff Profile Anthony Aiuppy

Anthony Aiuppy

J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Educator for Family and Children's Programs

Anthony Aiuppy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from the University of North Florida (2010) and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design (2013). He has previous experience teaching elementary art for Duval County Public Schools and drawing classes at Reddi-Arts. He has been an art instructor at MOCA Art Camp in 2015 and 2016 and an adjunct drawing and painting professor at UNF since 2014. Aiuppy is also a practicing artist whose work merges socioeconomic and political themes with his personal experiences of living with the residue of a racially divided American South. His viscous, richly colored paintings have appeared in exhibitions at MOCA Jacksonville, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the Kent Campus Gallery at Florida Stage College at Jacksonville, the Haskell Gallery at the Jacksonville International Airport, the Alexander Hall Gallery at the Savannah College of Art and Design, CoRK Arts District, and many others.