Benefit Concert March 29, 2014 at St. Columba-by-the-Lake

The AriArt Project for adults with autism will be presenting the second in its series of benefit concerts on March 29, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at St. Columba church in Pointe-Claire.

A whole generation of young people with autism is coming of age, and very little has been done to prepare and facilitate their transition into adulthood. In the rush for early intervention, the fact has been overlooked that autistic individuals spend a much longer time as adults than as children and students. The result of this oversight is that many autistic adults are left with no structure, support or purpose, and the burden on themselves and  their families becomes even greater.

AriArt will offer a creative therapeutic workshop, a space where individuals can come to acquire skills, work on guided projects, socialize and feel part of a community, a community made up of many different types of people. At the heart of this concept is the idea that if the participants are given the opportunity, structure and guidance to explore a variety of creative and purposeful activities they can develop not only new interests but possibly a passion that will be sustained over a lifetime.

The benefit concerts will not only raise money to help finance this project, but will provide the opportunity for members of the autism community to get together and enjoy an evening of entertainment in an inclusive and accepting environment. The March 29th show will celebrate the beginning of Autism Awareness Month, and will feature the eclectic worldbilly sounds of Swift Years, the jazz and soul of Continental Rhythm as well as other acts to be confirmed. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Please contact AriArt at for more information.