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2K autistic kids give Port Authority a makeover

"Become a Butterfly" is a new exhibit at Port Authority, to promote Autism Awareness Month.

Become a Butterfly The "Become a Butterfly" exhibit is touring the world to promote autism awareness.
Credit: Karin Kolhberg

If you've noticed that the Port Authority looks a little more beautiful this month, you have about 2,000 children to thank.

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, an exhibit of over 2,000 painted butterflies are on display at The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, all painted by autistic kids in New York, New Jersey, Bali, Indonesia and Korea.

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The exhibit, "Become a Butterfly," was produced by the Valerie Goodman Gallery and the McCarton Foundation. In addition to the 2,000 butterflies painted by the children, there is a seven-panel screen created by French artist Jacques Jarrige. While this is the first time the exhibit is being shown in the U.S., it has been displayed in South Korea and Bali in the past.

To see the exhibit, enter Port Authority at Ninth Avenue between 40th and 41st streets.

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