Art on the Spectrum: Mentoring and Marketing Artists with ASD

This webinar was originally presented on Thursday, June 17, 2021 


Michael McManmon, Ed. D. and Tony Gengarelly, Ph.D. have leveraged their collective personal and professional expertise to co-author Art on the Spectrum. Join us as they discuss how aspiring artists can maximize their strengths, access educational resources, and learn practical strategies to help jump-start their art careers.

Michael McManmon, Ed.D., founded the College Internship Program (CIP) in 1984 and has an inside perspective as he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and grew up in a large family with several individuals on the spectrum. He speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to the CIP curriculum and Learning Differences. He is the driving force behind the founding of the Good Purpose Art Gallery and the Spectrum Playhouse in Lee, Massachusetts. His goal is to provide a venue for artistic expression for our young adults by offering art classes at the nearby Joyous Studios and providing students a chance to embrace the dramatic arts at the Spectrum Playhouse.

Tony Gengarelly, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has written and published on a variety of subjects, including Early American Modernism, Native American painting, and Outsider Art. His latest book with Michael McManmon (2020), Art on the Spectrum: A Guide for Mentoring and Marketing Artists with ASD, explores pathways to inclusion for outsider artists. For the past fifteen years, he has been the Director of the Jessica Park Project, an educational and professional program at MCLA (

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About College Internship Program

The College Internship Program is a comprehensive transition program for young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences. Our Mission is to inspire independence and expand the foundation on which young adults with Autism, ADHD, and other Learning Differences can build happy and productive lives.