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Local Art Camp Provides Friendship and Inclusivity to Autistic Children

Matthew Moore
V Plant Mutant Viren and other work by Wyatt Fletcher

Camp Connect is an annual summer camp hosted by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in partnership with Project Connect, an outreach program by the University of Arkansas. The mission of Project Connect is to serve as an outreach program for families and others seeking autism spectrum specific resources in the community.

Camp Connect is for children with autism to have fun while connecting with other children who may or may not have autism. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are paired with peer mentors with similar interests and of similar age. The theme for this year's camp was "Identity," where students viewed and created art that helped them understand themselves. 

Matthew Moore is senior producer for Ozarks at Large.
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