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Friday, July 16, 2021

Local bands, businesses raise $2,500 for Artistic Spectrum art studio

A collection of local bands came together and raised over $2,500 at a recent show to benefit the Artistic Spectrum, a local nonprofit impacting the autistic community. 

The benefit show took place on Saturday, July 10, at O’Malley’s Alley in downtown Ocala. Multiple, local metal bands performed during the show, including Eroding the Past and Not Promised Tomorrow, among others. 

“Huge shoutout to everyone involved and everyone who donated money last night at the show. Keep Ocala kind!” reads a Facebook post from the nonprofit. 

The organization says it is halfway to opening an art studio in Ocala, having raised $5,500 of its $10,000 goal. 

“Not only will [an art studio] benefit our neuro-diverse friends, it will be an awesome gathering place for everyone!” reads the post. 

With the funds raised, the organization hopes to create a space for those who may be neuro-typical, on the spectrum, young, old, differently abled, or “mythical creatures,” to express themselves through art therapy.

For more information on the non-profit organization, its initiatives, and its services, visit the Artistic Spectrum website.

To make a donation and help the organization reach its goal, visit the Artistic Spectrum Go Fund Me event page.