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Published on April 12, 2024
Philadelphia Eagles Blitz the Art Scene to Advance Autism Research and InclusivitySource: Facebook / Eagles Autism Foundation

In a display of sportsmanship and cultural finesse, the Philadelphia Eagles are tackling the local art scene to rally support for autism research and inclusion. Serving as the venue for a unique art gallery experience, the Eagles Autism Foundation is rolling out the green carpet for fans and art enthusiasts from April 12-14, with an artistic nod to the team’s heritage and the abundance of local talent.

With a slight cover charge ranging from $5 to $15, Eagles devotees can feast their eyes on works that celebrate the city’s love affair with both sports and the arts, as unveiled by a statement obtained by the Philadelphia Eagles' official website. Friday's attendees, dressed to impress in their Eagles gear, get to enjoy the exhibit from Noon to 7 PM, whereas Saturday and Sunday doors will be open from 11 AM to 6 PM.

Within the diverse display of artwork, the gallery features pieces from neurodiverse artists, including a panoramic view of Philadelphia from the Art Museum steps - a historic spot where Eagles center Jason Kelce made his unforgettable Super Bowl LII victory speech. According to a CBS News interview, artist Robert Schmus shared his inspiration, "When it comes to the heart of Philly, it's usually like the arts. The Art Museum is one of my favorite, favorite museums in Philly, and viewing the landscape from the top of the Art Museum is phenomenal and really shows that this is the heart of Philly."

The Eagles' initiative doesn't stop at showcasing local artists but also seeks to turn these creative expressions into charitable contributions. Fans and collectors willing to open their wallets can participate in an auction with all proceeds benefiting the Eagles Autism Foundation. Among the notable artworks are "Sunday on the Ben Franklin Parkway" by Robert Schmus, "The Philadelphia Eagle's Autism Poster" by Nick St. Clair, and "Eye of the Eagle" by Joseph Roach. The auction is set to close on Monday, April 15, at 5 PM, after giving weekend visitors the chance to place their bids. The lineup of artists features not just creative diversity but personal connections too – with Painter Cathey White, who was elated to be included in the event, after being personally invited by Arch Enemy Arts gallery co-founder Lawren Alice, also creates work that mirrors her nephew's experience with autism, as Bleeding Green Nation details about the heartfelt connection.

The Philadelphia Eagles, besides wooing art aficionados and fostering community spirit, are simultaneously gearing up for some heavy financial lifting off the field, hoping to secure star wide receiver DeVonta Smith with a contract extension. Despite tight lips on the specifics, there's an aura of confidence, with General Manager Howie Roseman telling Bleeding Green Nation, "Without getting into specifics, those are guys you don’t really want to leave." Smith, only 25, has become a cornerstone of the Eagles' offense, boasting 240 receptions, over 3,000 yards, and 19 touchdowns across three seasons - numbers that clearly make a convincing case for a generous extension.