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Fox Cities P.A.C. presents a week of community autism programming

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The  Fox Cities Performing Arts Center   is proud to present a week of autism programming! In partnership with several local organizations and Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite, Brown Box, the Center welcomes the community to explore and promote autism awareness and inclusion through the arts during a special week of activities Jan. 11-16.

MONDAY, JAN. 11:
Reaching Students with Autism Through the Arts: Implications for an Inclusive Classroom
4-7 p.m., Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, downtown Appleton
Pre-registration is required. To register call (920) 730-3764; fees are $30 or $25 (for Appleton Area School District staff.) The fee includes the workshop materials and a boxed dinner. 

TUESDAY, JAN. 12:
Happy Face Apparel Mini Sessions 
Inside the Market Place, downtown Neenah

Special Needs Photo Sessions
10 a.m.-1 p.m. led by Scanlan Studios 
Food for the Heart, Mind & Soul
10 – 11 a.m. led by Rebecca Aldag of Aldag Wellness
Let’s Play!
12- 1 p.m.led by Play Therapist Meridith Starling, MSSW, CISW, EDS of Sandbox Family Counseling

Expressive Therapies Drumming Workshop
4- 4:45 p.m., Appleton Public Library, downtown Appleton

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13:
Happy Face Apparel Mini Sessions
Inside the Market Place, downtown Neenah

Special Needs Photo Sessions
3-6 p.m., led by Scanlan Studios
Food for the Heart, Mind & Soul 
3- 4 p.m. led by Rebecca Aldag of Aldag Wellness
Let’s Play!
5-6 p.m. led by Play Therapist Meridith Starling, MSSW, CISW, EDS of Sandbox Family Counseling

THURSDAY, JAN. 14:
Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite, Brown Box
9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Pre-registration is required; seats for the performance are $5 and must be purchased in advance by calling (920) 730-3726 or online at foxcitiespac.com.

What About Me? What Children Who Have Siblings with Autism Want (and Need)
4:30-5:30 p.m., Appleton Public Library, downtown Appleton
Led by Harriet Redman, Executive Director of WisconSibs

FRIDAY, JAN. 15:
Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite, Brown Box
9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Pre-registration is required; seats for the performance are $5 and must be purchased in advance by calling (920) 730-3726 or online at foxcitiespac.com.

SATURDAY, JAN. 16:
Spectrum Saturday
9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Building for Kids, downtown Appleton
Families must arrive between the hours of 9 – 10 a.m.; but are encouraged to stay as late as they wish. A lower sensory experience will be offered until 10 a.m.

Drumming Up Confidence
1-2 p.m., Heid Music, downtown Appleton
Led by artist Rhen Helling Learn More

Performances of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite, Brown Box are sponsored by Mary A. Strange and the SAC Developmental Disabilities fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc.
All children with autism registered and attending a performance of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite, Brown Box will be gifted a Bernie the Buddyfly. This special friend is a cuddlebug made by Scentsy®  and will be generously provided thanks to the Mielke Family Foundation, a supporting organization within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc. Each doll purchased by the Foundation provided an $8 donation toward Autism Speaks which helps to fund global research and spread awareness.

Classroom Connections Teacher Workshop: Reaching Students with Autism Through the Arts is supported through the Armin F. and Eddie C. Schroeder Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc. This workshop is provided through the partnership between the Center and the Appleton Area School District in the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s Week of Community Autism Programming is sponsored by the Mielke Family Foundation, a supporting organization within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc. and a grant from Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

All Community Engagement Activities are sponsored by Community First Credit Union.

Mission-based programming is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center would also like to recognize the community members, businesses and organizations hosting, leading and planning workshops and the committee of community contributors who helped make this week possible.
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