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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.

We now offer virtual Art Aviator programming complete with a virtual museum tour, art activities with supplies packages and more.

Support for Art Aviators programs is made in part by the Winfield A. Gartner Memorial Fund for Children’s Programs and Baptist Health.


Art Aviators Family Workshops will be returning for in-person sessions starting in November 2021! Monthly workshops will be hosted on-site at MOCA Jacksonville for up to 10 children with ASD and their families. Families will explore the galleries, create art, and participate in sensory activities. There is no cost to attend but space is limited. Registration will open in September 2021 here on our website.