A Time to Tear Down, a Time to Build
If you’re a friend and supporter of Awe in Autism, you may have noticed some lag time in our online activities. Yes, we’ve been a little less vocal in the past few months, but we’re not going away; we’re making some big changes for the better.
After two years in operation, Awe in Autism has outgrown our initial plan. What began as just an online venue quickly evolved to include live autism arts exhibitions. And when our site visitors grew to include people from over 70 countries, we knew we had to move forward with a much bigger goal. That goal is about to become a reality.
The Awe in Autism website is currently being redesigned from the ground up to make it easier to navigate, as well as enabling us to post rich content more easily. We don’t have an exact launch date for the “grand reopening” (these things always take more time than anyone could have imagined) but we’ll keep you posted here on our blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
We’re also in the process of becoming a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit. We’ve always been a non-profit organization, but attaining this legal status from the IRS will enable us to seek grant funding, through which we plan to fund more live arts exhibitions, including offsetting expenses for artists with autism to participate in live events. Attaining 501(c) 3 status will also mean that our records, including all income and expenses, will be available to the public. The process, as some of you know, involves providing volumes of information, filling out lots of forms, and triple-checking everything to make sure it’s all accurate and up to date. Oh yeah, and dishing out a heap of money.
Oh Baby Don’t Go …
So if you were starting to think maybe Awe in Autism was planning on ditching out on you, I hope I’ve cleared that up. We’re committed. We’re in it for the long haul. And we hope you’ll keep dancing with us for as long as the music plays.