Autism is Art intends to bring awareness to creativity’s impact on the development of children on the spectrum. The campaign is long-term and designed to take advantage of digital and print advertisement, social media promotion, blogging and video creative. D.S. Artistry intends to contribute to the Autism community each year via creative pursuits. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Autism?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Autism also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PD) are a group of developmental disabilities “that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. People with ASDs handle information in their brain differently than other people.” http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html
2. How many people are diagnosed with Autism?
1 in 88 school children and 1 in 54 boys ages 3-21 are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html
3. What is the purpose of this documentary?
The film will serves to justify the importance of Art and Music Therapy programs being implemented in early child development. Art-Is-Umm explores the relationship between creative activities and childhood development by looking at the way the brain functions and through behavioral observations.
4. Information on the Producer/Director?
Derrick Small is a cinematically dark film and music producer with a passion for business. He has a sound knowledge of business, marketing, contract negotiation, film production and music creation. During Small’s tenure in the Marine Corps he served as a photojournalist, community relations specialist, broadcast journalist and public affairs chief. After serving the Marines, Small created D.S. Artistry Productions, a company that intends to seamlessly incorporate entrepreneurship with art to craft opportunities that support noble causes and transcend boundaries of ingenuities. The company most recently produced a series of short documentaries for SummerStage. Small believes that media content reflects the soul of a company and therefore, strives to delve beyond the barrier of public perception to reach a brand’s core when creating media or commercial campaigns.
5. Why do you need contributions?
The company uses contributions to support the development, production, post-production and marketing of the film.
6. What do Art-Is-Umm contributors receive in exchange for their contributions?
Art-Is-Umm contributors receive perks based on the dollar amount of their donation. Contribution perks are located at http://artisumm.dsartistry.com/contribute/
7. Are contributions tax-deductible?
Contributions are tax-deductible as the documentary is fiscally sponsored by From the Heart Productions a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
8. What is Art Therapy?
According to the American Art Therapy Association “Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.” http://www.arttherapy.org/#About
9. What is Music Therapy?
According to the American Music Therapy Association “Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.” http://www.musictherapy.org/about/musictherapy/
10. Who is this film’s audience?
Parents, Teachers, Education policy-makers and creative therapists may all benefit from the documentary’s story and message.
11. When is film schedule for release?
Currently, the film is intended for release during the summer of 2014.
12. Is the documentary feature-length?
At the moment the documentary is preparing feature-length at 82 minutes as well as adapted short version for television and festival.
13. What inspired the film?
Art-Is-Umm is inspired by Derrick Small’s son Jonah who is on the Autism spectrum. Originally, the film began as a quest to prove art and music healing impact on Autism.
14. Where does filming take place?
The documentary is primarily filmed in various locations in the New York and New Jersey area.
15. Who are the subjects the film?
Jonah Small – The producer’s son.
Jenna Gabriel – Founder of Daytime Moon Creations
Maria LaMon – Founder of The Music Academy for Special Learners
16. Why does the film choose Art, Music and Theater to explore?
While these genres are not the only creative therapies, the film decided to focus on the most widely accepted forms of creative therapy.
17. Why the name Art-Is-Umm?
Art-Is-Umm is a play on the word Autism. The film’s purpose is to illustrate that Autism is Art.
18. Is Art the way to heal?
Watch the film.
19. What is the film’s greatest impact?
The film hopes to get the attention of educators in an attempt to persuade and convince professionals of the importance of Art during the early childhood development process.
20. What is Art? Autism

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