We all have different ways of communicating. Some of us use our words, others use actions. Some turn to the arts to convey emotion, while others are more technologically savvy. There are those who prefer comedy to more serious forms of expression, and still others who are open to blending the different structures. To celebrate these various means of communication and pay tribute to those who employ non-traditional forms of expression, Brampton Library has introduced “Express Yourself”, a program for autistic youth to explore different outlets that transform self-expression. In partnership with Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) and Autism Ontario (AO), we have worked to provide access to various expressive means such as maker technology, watercolour painting, stand-up comedy, memoir writing, and comic creation. We have carefully crafted these topics into workshops for autistic youth specifically, but the execution of this series holds something for all of us. The launch of this program can lead to a greater appreciation for non-traditional forms of expression. Together, we can take a different look at self-expression.
Join us at our Chinguacousy Branch on Saturday December 3 for International Day of Peoples with Disabilities to experience a unique showcase of the work produced within the Express Yourself program. We invite you to look within yourself for new means of expression.
Saturday October 29: MakerSpace at Four Corners Branch Library
Saturday November 5: Watercolour Workshop at PAMA
Saturday November 12: Spoken Word, Comedy, & Memoir at Four Corners Branch Library with special guest Autistic Comedian and Author Michael McCreary
Twenty-six-year-old Michael McCreary is an autistic comedian, actor, author and TEDX speaker who’s been performing stand-up comedy since age 13.
In the past eight years, he has performed stand-up shows and keynote addresses in every province in Canada, plus the Yukon, and across the United States. He is currently acting in the new series “Astrid & Lilly Save the World” (SYFY Network) and in “Ginny & Georgia” (Netflix). He has also consulted on the TV show “Ransom” to ensure the authenticity of a character with autism.
Michael's memoir, “Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic” (Annick Press), was the subject of our discussion for this Express Yourself session.
More events still to come:
Saturday November 19, 10:30-11:30: Comics Workshop at PAMA
Saturday December 3, 2 - 4 p.m.: International Day of Peoples with Disabilities Art Showcase at Chinguacousy Branch Library.