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Las Vegas Natives Create “Aurtism,” An Art Therapy Center for Autism

A new, Las Vegas-based organization is helping children on the autism spectrum improve their social skills through the power of art and creativity.

The organization is called Aurtism (a combination of art and autism), and was founded by lifelong artist and Las Vegas native Courtney Haywood, and former basketball player Kenneth Harrison.

According to a report this month by, Harrison said the goal of Aurtism is to “create a headquarters for happiness. So, we decided to come up with Aurtism and use art as a form of therapy to make people happy again.”

Haywood said his ambition in designing the organization was to create a positive, feel-good atmosphere.

“I just wanted to make it colorful and make it bright and make it a place where, you know, people feel good,” he said. Harrison explained that the organization has been a labor of love for Haywood, who built, painted, and hand-crafted everything in the building himself.

As noted by Aurtism on the organization’s website, “Art therapy is defined as a specialized area of mental health that uses art materials and the creative process to explore emotions, reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem, and resolve other psychological conflicts.”

Haywood and Harrison have recently opened a second facility in Arizona, and plan to open an art therapy studio in every major city in America. Source:

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