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2019 Show Highlight Video
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"This event to me is special because it shows that there isn't one way to tell a story. The power of song. The power of dance. It has a farther reach than just entertainment. We can do something. We can do something really important."
- Kelvin Moon Loh, The King and I & Spongebob
WHAT IS ARTS FOR AUTISM?
In 2019, 2018, and 2016 Arts for Autism was hosted by Tony Award Winner, Kelli O'Hara (The King and I). In 2018, the show was hosted by Tony Award nominee, Christopher Jackson (Hamilton). Joining them were dozens of the biggest names on Broadway!
How it all works. The show is open to dance groups, choir groups, and musical theatre groups. Selected student performance groups are given a Broadway number to choreograph and rehearse at their home studio. Once in New York City, student groups will work with Broadway choreographers and directors to finalize routines, integrate Broadway actors into the number, and rehearse on stage. Our Broadway orchestra and choir will accompany each number and lighting will be timed on stage setting the magical mood of the evening.
We recommend participation in the Arts for Autism benefit concert be bookended by a few days in New York City to explore and immerse your students in the performance culture of the Big Apple. We will put together a customized itinerary that fits your educational goals, as well as handle all reservation and logistics. We do it all for you, so you can focus on what's most important, your students.
Arts for Autism is a one night annual Broadway benefit where the biggest names on Broadway join performing arts students from around the country onstage at the Gershwin Theatre (home to Wicked). Together they'll perform, spread awareness, and inspire compassion, kindness, and understanding for those affected by autism. This year will mark the third annual benefit concert with 100% of the ticket sale proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks. The show raised $36,000 in 2016 and $45,000 in 2017. We are looking forward to another exciting and impactful event this June!
In addition to watching your favorite Broadway actors perform on one stage, you will learn the personal stories, triumphs and challenges from those on the autism spectrum, their family members, educators, etc. A keynote speaker delivers powerful perspective through their journey, and the annual and powerful "I believe" statements are made by youth on the spectrum. It is a magical night ending in a supportive standing ovation and not a dry eye in the house.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DID IN 2019
PEOPLE IN ATTENDENCE
*Since the inception of Arts for Autism, $166,582.83 has been donated to Autism Speaks.
"I believe all people need to be respected and accepted for who they are."
- Laura Osnes, Two-Time Tony Award Nominee, Cinderella & Bonnie & Clyde
We are thrilled to support Autism Speaks with this exciting and meaningful event. Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families. Through partnerships and collaboration, Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; being a catalyst for research breakthroughs; increasing early-childhood screening and intervention; improving the transition to adulthood; and ensuring access to reliable information and services throughout the life span. For more information about Autism Speaks please visit www.autismspeaks.org
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