neurodiversity

4
May

Hippodrome celebrates autism in the arts

The community is invited to come experience the world through the eyes of someone with autism Monday at the Hippodrome Theatre.

The Hippodrome Theatre is partnering with the UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and West Port High School in Ocala for “Envision the Invisible: Celebrating Autism in the Arts.” The event allows attendees to discover the beauty and importance of the arts through the lens of those with autism. It is free and open to the public.
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests are invited to browse the Hippodrome’s art gallery and attend a live performance in the cinema, where actors with autism will share their experiences through the short play, “The Invisible.” Afterward, attendees can join the evening’s featured artists for a reception in the basement.
UF CARD assistant director Danielle Liso said the event celebrates neurodiversity in the arts community. 
“We are so proud to honor the amazing talents of individuals with autism,” she said, “and we are thrilled to have the support of the Hippodrome to share these talents with the public.” 
Jess Sandino, the Hipp’s public programs director, said the theatre is honored to partner with UF CARD and West Port High School. 
“This event brings the Hippodrome’s mission of inclusion and diversity to life,” she said. “Art brings people together and helps them understand differences. The partnership with UF CARD and West Port High School allows us to connect with our community in a new way, and we are so excited to share truly outstanding artwork.”

Schedule:
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: first run of performances in the cinema
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: second run of performances in the cinema
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.: speakers’ panel in the cinema
9 p.m. to 10 p.m.: reception in the basement

*Art gallery will be open during both performances, and the Hipp encourages guests to spend part of their time perusing visual art, and the other part watching the live performances.