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Autism Arts

Autism Arts

The Autism Arts program invites children, youth and young adults who are on the autism spectrum to explore art mediums through self-expression. The program creates an opportunity for new friendships to develop and participants to take part in a positive recreational experience within the community. 

The Autism Arts program utilizes a unique model developed by Autism Nova Scotia in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, located in Halifax. As of 2013, Autism Arts is also available at the Yarmouth Art Gallery in partnership with the Southwest Nova Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia.

Autism Arts incorporates a team teaching approach, including an autism professional (Autism, Behavioural Coordinator and Art Educator) who work together to maximize the success of each participant’s experience. Autism Arts consists of eight-week sessions that take place on Saturdays during the months of October – December (Fall Term), January – March (Winter Term), and March – May (Spring Term).

“Our kids have a lot of fun with Autism Arts knowing that some of their friends will be there. It helps build their confidence.”  - Parent
“My son loves the social aspect of Autism Arts; he has friends there.” - Parent

Want to know what Autism Arts program is up to?
Check out our blog!

See our Autism Arts rack card for more information

See Autism Arts exhibition information at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Registration for the Fall Session is now CLOSED!

Where: 1723 Hollis Street, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 
When: Sessions are eight weeks long. Fall Session starting Saturday, October 5th
Terms: Fall, Winter, Spring
Cost: $80
Sessions are held on Saturdays from:
10am-11am for ages 6-11 years old  
11:30am-12:30pm for ages 18-25 years old
1:00pm-2:00pm for ages 12-17 years old 


The application process is done entirely online. Parents/caregivers/interested participants are able to complete a pre-screening form online on the day of registration; the form will be available here on the day registration opens. All pre-screening forms will be processed based on the time stamp in which they were submitted. From there, all applicants will be contacted via email (to the email provided on the pre-screening form) within two weeks to update them on their applications' status.

Please make sure to read the following BEFORE STARTING THE APPLICATION FORM.
·         Leave yourself 10-15 minutes to complete the application form.
·         There is NO option to save the applications once you start, please make sure you are able to complete them in full- partially completed application will not be considered.
·         Submit a SEPARATE application for EACH person you wish to apply for.

Participant Pre-Screening Form

Please note: 
This program fills up quickly as there are limited spaces available. All applications forms are time stamped based upon arrival and processed in that order. Because of the high volume of interested people in this program, we cannot hold spots. Completing an application form does not necessarily guarantee you a spot; you will be contacted in a few weeks regarding your application’s status.

For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator at or 902.446.4995 ext.59