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In Celebration of Our Neurodiverse Community: Selections from the Collection

Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is excited to join with the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) in an exhibit May 1 -15 that celebrates Out to Art, the 12-year collaboration between CHSC and the renowned Yale museum.
“In Celebration of our Neurodiverse Community, Selections from the Collection” opened to the public at noon on Sunday, May 1 and will be on display until May 15. YCBA is located at 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven. CHSC will have a special sneak preview for family and friends at 11 a.m. on that day.
The groundbreaking exhibit has already attracted some wonderful press coverage.
Read a story in the New Haven Register here
Lucy Gellman of the Arts Paper did a wonderful story here
This display of paintings from the collection were curated by adults from CHSC under the leadership of Tina Menchetti, Chapel Haven’s Art Director, and Linda Friedlaender, Head of Education at the YCBA. Linda and Tina work together with museum docents, led by Berclee Cameron, to provide this valuable program. The works chosen by the students range from landscapes to portraits created from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. A video about the history of the Out to Art program will accompany the installation.
Over the course of the Out to Art program, CHSC students have become frequent visitors to the museum and are familiar with many objects in the collections. Out to Art classes offer an opportunity for the group to engage with art and give sustained attention to reading works of art in the galleries. In addition, many students have developed ongoing friendships with YCBA staff. 

CHSC adults who took part in the exhibit’s creation are: 

  • Zoe Abram
  • Kara Anglim
  • Andy Auerbach
  • Andrew Burbank
  • Debbie Goldman
  • David Hogin
  • Debbie Margolis
  • Payder Nelson
  • John Orr
  • Gabby Russell
  • Rick Savard

This educational outreach to the neurodiverse community is one example of the YCBA’s longstanding commitment to making the museum a more accessible and inclusive environment for all. “Art is a universal tool, able to speak about, for, to and with the complexities of our experiences. Art museums have the unique role of being able to leverage art for its greatest possibilities for all of our visitors,” said Courtney J. Martin, Paul Mellon Director of the YCBA. “We hope this presentation reveals the significant impact of the Out to Art program and the role of art in all of our lives.”

Chapel Haven Schleifer Center offers a rich curriculum grounded in the visual and performing arts. From teaching and learning to arts appreciation and celebration, we value the creative potential of every adult enrolled in our program and showcase their amazing talents in a variety of ways. To learn more about Chapel Haven’s arts curriculum, click here

All attendees will need to show evidence of vaccination upon entering the museum. The Chapel Haven Family Association is sponsoring a special day connecting to the opening of the exhibit, including viewing the exhibit as well as personal docent-led tours of this renowned museum on the Yale Campus. We will depart back to the CHSC campus after the event for lunch provided courtesy of the Old World Pizza Truck (pizza, salad, gelato, cold beverages), sponsored by the Chapel Haven Family Association (CHFA). For more information about this event, contact Tina Menchetti.