22nd Floor Capitol Gallery
Through October 31, 2017
The Way I Speak: Artists and Autism
Artwork by children and adults with autism
As a joint venture of Florida State University Autism Institute/Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and VSA Florida, the artists of “My Way to Speak: Artists and Autism” represent the wide range of the autism spectrum, from the non-verbal to the verbose; the intellectually challenged to the savant. They convey how they feel about life and living with autism with varied techniques, but the uniting factor is that art offers a vehicle to communicate where social interaction may falter.
Through painting, sculpting, drawing, computer graphics, and photography, these artists develop unique idioms and coping mechanisms. They imagine worlds where they can escape the strains of sensory overload and are accepted and empowered. Creating art has helped them adapt to every day situations, overcome anxiety and feel at peace.
Gallery for Innovation and the Arts
Through October 31, 2017
Stitch-n-Time is a positive and productive program at Leon County Jail in Tallahassee, Florida. Through Officer D. Guy’s guidance, the members of the sewing crew create quilts, walker caddie bags, school bags for City Parks and Recreation, aprons for Arts & Crafts Shriners Kids, “Tarzan Pants” for Orthopedic Shriners, NICU quilts, bereavement bags for NICU parents, and other items. Each year, hundreds of quilts are donated to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Cancer Unit, Neonatal Unit, Retirement Homes, Health South Rehabilitation, Leon County Animal Shelter, and day cares throughout the community.
Museum of Florida History
Opened in 1977, the Museum of Florida History collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets evidence of past and present cultures in Florida, and promotes knowledge and appreciation of this heritage.
As the state history museum, it focuses on artifacts and eras unique to Florida's development and on roles that Floridians have played in national and global events.
Through exhibits, educational programs, research, and collections, the Museum reflects the ways that people have shaped and reacted to their cultural and natural environments. The newest attraction at the Museum is Phase 2 of the permanent exhibit Forever Changed: La Florida, 1513–1821. Phase 1 of Forever Changed opened in 2012 and featured the time period 1513–1565. The new exhibit explores a dynamic period in history—from the meeting and interaction of native and European cultures to Florida's adoption as a United States territory.
For more information, visit museumoffloridahistory.com
A reproduced portion of a Spanish ship, where visitors can learn about navigation and life at sea in the "Forever Changed" permanent exhibit.
Cabinet Meeting Room
Photography by Don Browning
The artwork was donated to the Department of State Art Collection in 2007 and commemorated the establishment of a Wading Birds Rookery Sanctuary.