Muralism, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, is dedicated to beautifying the city and surrounding areas through art. The organization also serves as a creative and social outlet for artists with special needs, including those on the autism spectrum.
According to a November report by Spectrum News.com, Muralism was founded a year and a half ago by Ernie Murlan, a digital mural artist for Disney.
“Muralism is an organization where we connect people with special needs to the community through art,” Murlan explained. “We come into areas that just need beautification, need picking up.”
Ten artists with special needs currently work with Muralism on a regular basis. The artists are hired by various organizations and city services to paint in public spaces, with community members being invited to participate as well.
According to Muralism’s website, the murals are “designed by a local muralist. A coloring-book style drawing is prepared by a team of artists including young adults with unique abilities. Then the community fills in the numbers. The Muralism team comes back in the end to clean up the painting for a professional finish.”