A young artist exhibited at The Smithsonian in Washington and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg wonders why his own special education teacher dislikes him. Mariachi is an international symbol of cultural identity
"I promote tolerance, acceptance and inclusion of people with autism"
Kevin invites you to share his canvas "Mariachi" canvas.
"In 2011, his Iranian series of paintings was displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in the Ukraine; in 2012 Kevin was one of 15 artists to be honored through the Kennedy Center and his piece “Bus or Cycle” was featured at the S. Dillon Ripley Center at the Smithsonian, and in 2013 Kevin had two pieces featured with the VSA Sustaining/Creating exhibit at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. Kevin’s art has been on display in Hong Kong, China; Florence, Italy; London, England; and throughout the United States and Canada. His art has been featured on DVD covers, book covers, CD covers, wine labels, and on posters. He currently has art on display at the Good Purpose Gallery in Lee, Massachusetts, The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, the UCSB Koegel Autism Center in Santa Barbara, the Outside the Beltway Exhibit in Washington D.C. Kevin has donated his art to benefit many organizations including schools, autism nonprofits, Kevin’s art is collected by many private collectors internationally." Courtesy The Academy of Special Dreams
Kevin with Jean Kennedy Smith, Lois Capps, James Billington at a Congressional reception in September 2012
The Russian State Museum St. Petersburg
Kevin has been banned from his school and can't walk the streets of his home town freely
On December 13, Kevin was served three restraining orders - one by his Special Ed teacher, an aide in the class, and another student in the transition class. The Sheriff expressed displeasure with the teacher's actions and said he would stand behind Kevin. Kevin's privacy had been invaded, rumors spread throughout his home town. Kevin is now isolated. His family fears for him. The Principal of the Middle School told staff to call 911 if they see him on campus. The Teacher's Union is saying their teachers are at risk. Support Kevin - End the Harassment of an Autistic Person in Carpinteria
Co-artist Frank Louis Allen
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