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Red Wing sixth-grader Chase Garcia works on his latest Lego creation Thursday in preparation for ARTism, a Rochester art show featuring collaborations between artists and children with autism spectrum disorder opening May 24. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

ARTism, Helping build autism awareness ... one brick at a time

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When Chase Garcia plays with his Legos, it’s as if the world around him disappears.

“They’re just fun to build with,” the Red Wing sixth-grader said, his eyes focused on a pile of the multicolored bricks searching for just the right one.


Chase, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age 3, spends hours assembling Legos and saves all his allowance money to buy more, said his mother, Shelley Walls.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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