With a little inspiration, determination and focus, any blank canvas can be turned into a beautiful piece of art. It can be seen every day at Little City’s Center for the Arts, where our artists have an opportunity to express themselves through their creativity and develop skills that help them in all facets of life.

Because of your support, Little City’s artists can show the world who they are and change the perception of people with developmental disabilities.

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Lori Couvé

Lori Couvé can change how people see autism with just her pencil.

For more than 40 years, Lori has used blank canvases to create beautiful works of art that have been featured everywhere from the University of California-Long Beach to the Chicago Cultural Center and even by the Chicago Bulls.

From an early age, it was clear Lori had prodigious talent. As early as four years old, she was showing signs of the artist she would become. By the time she reached her teenage years, she was in juried art shows, featured on “The Phil Donahue Show” and named as one of the rising stars in the Illinois art scene.


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About Center for the Arts

Little City’s Center for the Arts is driven by the creativity, ingenuity and talent of individuals with disabilities, including Lori. It provides them the opportunity to explore and expand their unique and creative talents, promoting a sense of accomplishment and empowerment through the arts.

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Lori Couvé's Art

Lori has been a talented artists almost her entire life, possessing the rare savant syndrome that affects less than 10 percent of people with autism. Her work has been featured in world-class museums, universities and international galleries. Lori gets much of her inspiration from the countless books about animals she reads. Currently, she is drawing comic book style heroes and villains based off characters she has seen over the years.

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