commUNITY Mural: Shine Brighter Together

April is Autism Acceptance Month! To recognize its significance, various agencies from across the county are “shining brighter together” at a fun family-friendly event at Wheaton Regional Park! Participate in hands-on, sensory-friendly activities while learning more about autism and the variety of resources available in Montgomery County. Attendees will also have an opportunity to help paint our commUNITY Mural that will remain at the playground long after the event is over.

Bring a picnic or purchase food from O’Boy Pizza & Ice Cream.

Partners include Montgomery Parks and Montgomery Park Police Special Operations – including our Mounted Unit and K-9 Search & Rescue Unit, Montgomery Recreation, City of Takoma Park Recreation, City of Rockville Recreation and Parks, City of Gaithersburg Parks, Recreation and Culture, the Montgomery County Public Library System, The Arc of Maryland, Partnerships for Extraordinary Minds and more!

The event will start with remarks from elected officials and dignitaries. Activities will include a chalk hop challenge, parachute games, sensory-friendly storytimes, face painters, roving characters, arts and crafts, a sand table, Imagination Playground “Big Blue Blocks” and more. Please check back one week prior to the event for a social story about exactly what to expect.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

commUNITY Mural: Shine Brighter Together

Join us as we paint a larger-than-life mural at the event that represents diversity, inclusion, and acceptance in Montgomery County. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Background of commUNITY Mural

The mural design was inspired by Montgomery County Elementary School students who placed in The Arc Maryland’s Together We’re Better” art contest. The art contest was created to raise awareness of the value and importance of the inclusion of students with disabilities in schools and in the community.

The final artwork was designed by Justin Valenti and transferred to the wall by the Youth Art Corps of M-NCPPC Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation. 

See the full Press Release of the commUNITY mural here.

Montgomery Parks is dedicated to providing quality services and programs that are inclusive and accessible to all.

The event will include a sign language interpreter, a sensory retreat tent, wheelchairs, walkers, and other adaptive equipment, and Park Police Search and Rescue Division and Mounted Units. To request other reasonable modifications, please contact 301-495-2581 or

Date/Time: Saturday April 23, 2022 11:00am to 2:00pm

Rain Date: Saturday, April 30

This event will be held at Wheaton Regional Park

Click here to learn more

Source: Montgomery Parks