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The eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2016. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.

In Franklin, Jack Yaucobian Jewelers has partnered with Susan McGrew for a showcase of  artists from the Nashville Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Housing Group.

Susan McGrew had this to say about the upcoming art installation at Jack Yacobian Jewelers in downtown Franklin:

“I have had a longstanding relationship with the autism community in Middle Tennessee. I was a pediatrician autism specialist at Vanderbilt for 13 years until my retirement from medical practice in 2011. I know first hand the gifts that individuals with autism have and the difficulty they have in sharing these gifts with the world. I also know of the difficulty people with autism face when transitioning to the adult world. Many of their gifts are lost because of a lack of opportunity and support. When I approached Jack Yacoubian about an exhibition showcasing autism art he fully embraced the idea and has been quite supportive during the development of the show. We specifically chose to support “Nashville Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Housing Group”, a charity which helps with adult housing needs which is a critical issue for many as they transition into adulthood. Most of the exhibiting artists are adults and for all, art is their profession.”

McGrew went on to say, “Several of the artists who have exhibited at Jack Yacoubian Jewelers have also embraced this show. Mike Martino is designing and printing a poster. Randy Purcell is installing a permanent hanging system, Emily McGrew and I are hanging the show and Emily McGrew is an art mentor to one of the clients. I am happy and proud that our small community took on this project so enthusiastically.”

Featured artists for the April installation include: Preston Vienneau
, Grace Goad & Jason and Spencer Replogle. Performing artists for the event are 

Logan Blade and Tammy Vice.

As we approach the April Art Crawl, Williamson Source will feature each of the artists, so be sure to check back for more information. A portion of the store’s exhibition commission will benefit the Nashville IDD Housing Group, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps prepare persons with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (IDD) to live independently within a supportive community.

Be sure to visit Jack Yaucobian Jewelers located at 114 3rd Avenue South,Franklin. Visit Jack Yaucobian website for more  information.

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