The Help Group & Bear Givers Celebrate Young Artists With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Mar 21, 2011, 06:00 ET from The Help Group

Second Annual "Through Our Eyes" Exhibit Featuring Art by the Students of The Help Group Opens March 23rd at the James Gray Gallery

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Help Group is proud to present its second annual Through Our Eyes: A Celebration of Young Artists. The exhibit will run from March 23rd to March 27th at the James Gray Gallery in Santa Monica's Bergamot Station Art Center.  Sponsored by the New York based nonprofit Bear Givers, this show will feature a wonderful collection of artwork created by students of The Help Group's Village Glen and Bridgeport schools. A special reception in honor of the artists will take place on Saturday, March 26th from 6 – 9pm.

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Recognized as a leader in the field of autism education, The Help Group is the largest nonprofit provider of special education programs for students with autism spectrum disorders in the United States. "At The Help Group, we believe that the arts play an important role in fostering learning, creativity, self-esteem, and self-expression. We are so proud of our student's accomplishments and look forward to showcasing their terrific art work," said Dr. Barbara Firestone, President & CEO.

Joseph Sprung, Chairman of Bear Givers noted, "This exhibit gives the students a chance to really shine and be recognized for their talents. Bear Givers is delighted to sponsor this special event again this year."

"The James Gray Gallery is honored and proud to host these incredible young artists," said Heidi Gray, Gallery Director. "The Help Group could not be a better organization to have as a partner."

Through our Eyes is free and open to the public. The James Gray Gallery is located at the Bergamot Station Art Center, 2525 Michigan Ave, Building D4, Santa Monica, California 90404.  For more information email or call 818.779.5212.


Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United States serving children with special needs related to autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional problems.  The Help Group offers a wide range of innovative autism spectrum disorders programs, and each day, 950 students ages 3 – 22 attend its autism day schools.


Bear Givers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing joy to the lives of children and adults with the symbolic gift of a loveable Teddy Bear. Bear Givers believes that the altruism of some can exponentially affect the lives of many. Its programs facilitate an environment where "givers" are "empowered" by bringing joy to others and by enabling young people with special needs, like the students of The Help Group, to feel the satisfaction of being able to give back to others.

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