Free screenings of Autism in Love, how autistic adults find and manage romantic relationships, at JMKAC on December 8 and 9

Contact: Patricia DuChene
Public Relations/Marketing

Nov. 13, 2015 Sheboygan, WI 

A new season of the free Indie Lens Pop-Up series (formerly known as the Community Cinema series) at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center begins, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 8 and 9, with Autism in Love.

As Shakespeare states, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” Autism in Love is a feature length documentary that explores the lives of four autistic adults as they pursue romantic relationships. Autism is a neurological disorder characterized by impaired social interactions and communication. According to the Autism Society, about 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder, and prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births. 

When it comes to romantic relationships, those with autism would appear to be disadvantaged due to their difficulty processing and responding to social cues in daily communication and social interaction. But the film makes clear that there is hope for people with autism to build steady, loving relationships. As Dr. Paul Wang, head of medical research at Autism Speaks, says, “the most important message is that people with autism both love, and want to be loved.”

There will be a facilitated discussion led by Laura Griffin, Art Therapist on Tuesday evening and Ruth Weigel, Day Service Coordinator on Wednesday. Both are from RCS Empowers, Inc. in Sheboygan.

The film can be seen at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8, and again at 10 a.m., Dec. 9, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan. Screenings are free and open to the public. Indie Lens PopUp is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. 

The Arts Center coproduces Indie Lens Pop-Up with Milwaukee Public Television.

About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center: Founded in 1967, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is dedicated to making innovative arts programming accessible to a broad audience that ranges from artists and academics to families and youth of all ages. Central to its mission is promoting understanding and appreciation of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists through original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts programs, community arts initiatives, and publications. The Arts Center’s collections focus primarily on works by vernacular-environment builders, self-taught and folk artists, and works created in the Arts/Industry residency program.

Looking to the future, the Arts Center continues to generate new explorations in the arts that foster creative exchanges between an international community of artists and a diverse public, making real the power of the arts to transform lives and strengthen communities. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is supported by corporate and foundation donors, government grants, and its many members. The Arts Center is not an entity of Kohler Co. or its subsidiaries. More information about the Arts Center can be found at

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