Atlantic Highlands, NJ – The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is proud to present the artwork of students from Oasis tlc, whose mission is to promote inclusion and acceptance of autistic individuals into their local communities by establishing environmentally exemplary farm centers. The art show is Sunday, June 21 from 1:00-4:00pm at the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council’s Arts Corner, 135 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands.
Founded in 2012 by Mai Cleary, a Colts Neck native and Middletown resident, the Oasis farm in Middletown provides meaningful work, peaceful and healthy residences and community interaction for people on the autism spectrum. Its first farm was purchased in conjunction with Monmouth Conservation Foundation, Middletown Township, NY/NJ Baykeepers, and other partners.
The philosophy behind OASIS tlc is one that embraces human beings for their interconnectedness to each other and all living things. The centers foster independence for people on the autism spectrum, and interdependence and social connectedness are the main goals. Oasis believes that it is through work, personal exploration and our relationships with others and nature that we realize our full human potential. Given the challenges of autism, the local farm setting as an ideal place to achieve this goal.
Oasis hopes to be perceived not only as doing a service for people with autism, but also as providing a service to the community and the setting and opportunity for non-autistic people to connect with autistic individuals in a very positive way.
Sarah Hilton, who teaches art at Oasis, spoke at the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council on June 5, and presented some student work during her talk. She guides the students through their own artistic process – resulting in work that is profound, beautiful and meaningful. Their art is a fantastic example of the transformative power of art.
In addition to the students’ art work, we will have products which are made by the students and sold at the farm including tote bags, yoga eye pillows filled with lavender and rice, goats’ milk soap, candy trays, bird houses, bird baths and bags with reproductions of students’ paintings.
The show will run through June 28.
For more information visit www.aharts.org.
Thank you to our sponsor MedExpress for its generous support.
The AHAC is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The mission of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts. For further information on the Arts Council, visit aharts.org.
This program is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.