April 18, 2018 Share

Student Art from Eden Autism for Autism Awareness Month at D&R Greenway Land Trust

D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery Presents “The Seasons.” inventive, intensely hued art by Eden Autism Students through May 4. The exhibit is being held in April, Autism Awareness Month, at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton. Free. Gallery hours Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed holidays. 609-924-4646 www.drgreenway.org

Eden staff is known for guiding and inspiring multi-level success with their participants. Clever tools in “The Seasons” include pressing forks into autumnal paints, to create leaves worthy of the time of peak color. Children’s hand prints are transformed into wise young owls. The rainbow, so important to young Olivia Kuenne, in whose memory this gallery was founded and is maintained, lives on her gallery’s walls through Eden creativity.

“We are delighted to partner once again with Eden Autism Services,” says D&R Greenway Land Trust President & CEO Linda Mead. “Both our organizations are vital to the health and well-being of people in central New Jersey and beyond. Eden is nationally recognized as an ever-expanding leader improving the lives of both children and adults with autism. Eden provides everything from early intervention to consultation, and useful seminars with world-renowned experts on the subject of this specialty. Meanwhile, D&R Greenway makes sure our communities have clean drinking water and natural where children and adults can experience the outdoors, thus achieving healthier lives. So many studies show how important walking in natural surroundings is for human development and the brain.”

Rachel Tait, M.A., M.Ed., Chief Program Officer, acknowledges the students’ enthusiasm for a rainbow of colors and media, resulting in “a wide range of creativity, all of our individuals being represented. Awareness of autism is needed every day. Our individuals of all ages are truly a part of the community, through work placements, volunteerism, going out to shop and creating works of art for displays like yours. All of this helps make the surrounding community aware of who we are and why it’s so important to open up the world to individuals on this spectrum.”

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D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 29TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship — caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity — D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. D&R Greenway’s official accreditation by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, has recently been renewed with high praise. The land trust’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway’s preservation accomplishments have passed the 20,000-acre mark. This achievement for natural New Jersey is twenty times the size of Central Park.

The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land.

About Eden Autism Services

Eden Autism Services is a nationally recognized leader in improving the lives of children and adults with autism, their families, educators and other professionals.
Founded in 1975, Eden was among the first service providers to expand its program to address the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum from the point of diagnosis through adulthood. Eden’s programs help to empower the individuals we serve to live full and productive lives.

The Eden School offers early intervention therapy, a year-round program for students aged 3 to 21 and a High School Employment Program. Eden Adult Services provides residential programs, recreational activities, employment training and placement. Eden Outreach provides early intervention services, professional development, recreational activities and consultation for individuals, families, and professionals who are not enrolled in an on-site program.

For more information about Eden Autism Services visit www.edenautism.org or call 609.987.0099