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Autism Awareness Carousel Project Proposal

Autism Awareness Carousel Project Proposal



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Published by Margaret Franklin
A revised edition of my document about my Special Creative Dream Project, a carousel with animals and art designed by, but not strictly limited to, people on the autism spectrum.
A revised edition of my document about my Special Creative Dream Project, a carousel with animals and art designed by, but not strictly limited to, people on the autism spectrum.

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Published by: Margaret Franklin on Feb 12, 2009
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The Autism AwarenessCarousel Project
 An overview of my basic idea....
Margaret Franklin, artist and autism rights activist 
The Autism Awareness Carousel Project...
“Who Needs a Carousel?” 
Interesting question...initially, it could almost be considered akin to “Who needs candy?” Well,nobody actually NEEDS candy. It just tastes good. Just as there are more things thecommunity actually needs more than a carousel, such as affordable housing, employmentopportunities, etc. Especially in light of the fact that we're in the midst of a recession thesedays.But carousels are more than just fun and frivolity. The Autism Awareness carousel presentsartists an opportunity to share their imagination with the public. The Autism AwarenessCarousel will consist of, but not be strictly limited to, animals and art designed and created bypeople on the autism spectrum. Money raised by this carousel and its adjacent facilities willhelp people on the spectrum with education and employment opportunities.My on-line creative team and I have brainstormed various ideas in terms of location: zoos,children's museums, a permanent location at the CNE, a portable carousel traveling with“Cirque de Soliel”...all these are just ideas. In it's ideal situation, the following is what I have inmind:I would like the carousel to be part of a facility that is open year-round with a tea-room openfor luncheons, receptions, etc. and a gift shop/gallery where artists can sell their works. Hereis my rough sketch of the basic concept:I realize that this rendering does not include the kitchen, and in ideal circumstances, the linebetween “Main Entrance” and “Sliding Door” might also lead to an entire cultural arts centre: acomplex of various shops, museums and possibly a theatre for concerts and presentations.
These are some of the animals I've designed for the carousel so far:I welcome the work of other artists to design a variety of animals, vehicles, etc. The carouselwill have to include at least 2 wheelchair accessible chariots with seats that give riders thechoice of hard board or soft cushions. The carousel will lit with soft LED lights and housed ina tinted glass rotunda to allow natural sunlight without being too harsh.I will be presenting this document to a variety of people whom I hope can help make thisdream a reality. We realize that this is a VERY BIG project and it will take a lot of money, time,work and resources. In the meantime, while I search for helpful contacts, I plan to raise funds

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