Hatton With ArtSparks

Hatton With ArtSparks
Posted on 01/08/2020

Hatton, With ArtSparks Accompaniment

Essential Experiences at APS
Posted on 01/02/2020
Image of Grayson Wright(Jennifer Pignolet for Ohio.com/Akron Beacon Journal)

As 20 children and a few adults clapped, stomped and boogied in the Hatton elementary school gymnasium, eight-year-old Grayson Wright was preoccupied with the accompanying music coming from a keyboard.

He climbed onto the lap of the keyboardist, Marquis Brown, who was more than happy to show his new young friend a few notes.

Grayson, who has autism, had struggled for weeks with the dance class, offered at Hatton through nonprofit ArtSparks for kids with and without disabilities. He rarely went where he was supposed to go, and seemed uncomfortable moving his body, the teachers said.

On Brown’s lap, staring at the keys, he was rapt. Grayson followed Brown’s lead easily, mimicking his movements across the board, holding one note down and then one with each finger. Read more of the story here >>.

Image of Grayson Wright


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