We had the good fortune of connecting with Cynthia Drucker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cynthia, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
The idea of a retail brick and mortar Autism Art Gallery came from several years of doing art and craft festivals at local church bazaars and street fairs. Even though I like to connect to people at fun events, I knew I would be able to help more individuals with autism get recognized for their talents if we had a permanent location that our community could visit at their convenience.
What should our readers know about your business?
The Autism Art Gallery is the only art gallery that is run 100% by volunteers and artists with autism. I had zero experience in owning a retail store or running a gallery. Every day is a new learning experience for myself and our artists. We are always learning what works best for marketing, and where to devote our efforts. Our success comes from being surrounded by people who believe and support our mission.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
As a native of Florida, I enjoy the fact that the beach is always a short ride away. With several beachfront boardwalks recently remodeled spanning from Pompano Beach to Deerfield Beach, its always the best experience to share with friends.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I discovered there was a need in my community to help individuals with autism be recognized and respected for their talents and abilities. My son is the motivating factor for creating a micro-enterprise program for aspiring and emerging artists who identify with autism and learn how to become artrepreneurs. As an 18 year old individual with autism, the typical job market was not looking favorable for my son to become employed. It became more and more difficult to find the right job setting that fit his limited skills and understanding. I focused on his abilities as an artist, and built a nonprofit art gallery that he and others like him would be able to showcase their art and learn how to market, manage and promote their art business.