To help raise awareness in the community, the photography and portraits of more than 20 young artists with autism and other special needs from The Help Group’s Village Glen School will be showcased at dnj Gallery at Bergamot Station’s Fall Opening in The Arts Center. The Arts Center is home to over 40 galleries and creative businesses, and on Sept. 10, you can catch a glimpse of all that fall will have to offer with openings and artist receptions throughout the Station—all for free.
At dnj Gallery the exhibition titled, inside/out, will showcase a multi-year project aimed at providing the environment, tools and teaching to encourage students to find their creative voice though photography and writing. At the end of each project, student’s participated in a collaborative portrait session with Help Group Senior Clinical Director, Pat Sandler. Students would then tell Sandler what they thought when looking at themselves.
“I see myself as someone with a lot of untapped potential,” a student said. “I have a universe of imagination, dreams, goals…I want the world to see the universe the way I see it. I want them to see there is love, courage, potential, heart, soul, spirit and hope. Hope for the future.”
“I believe that every child has a voice and it’s our job as educators to help them find it,” Sandler said. “That’s what drives me in this project.”
WHEN: Saturday, September 10, 6 pm – 8 pm
WHERE: dnj Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1, Santa Monica, CA 90404