Amond McKenna is a writer, artist, pianist/composer, gardener, autistic self-advocate/trans activist, father of two exceptional children, and designer of sensory-rich playspaces/botanical gardens that encourage natural movement, risk taking, relaxation, music making, and appreciation of the natural world.
All of his works start from a sensory place, featuring surface techniques in ceramics that reference city walls with layers of colourful disintegrating posters, and bowls with faceted exteriors that feel like the elaborately slipped interiors look. His fine fiber sensory support dolls are often weighted using buckwheat laced with lavender (from his expansive food gardens), topped with a mop of hair, handspun at a soothing NB vista. He is currently an artist in residence, but mostly remains behind the scenes as Assistant Director of Open Your Art.
A personal passion of Amond's is community advocacy and accessibility. He is a problem solver, red tape cutter, and grant writer at Open Your Art, who strives to create opportunities for underserved groups, accommodations for all who need them, relaxing and satisfying experiences for neurodiverse, exceptional, and solace-seeking folk. Most recently, Amond has been working with local public schools in an effort to increase sensory supports, reduce environmental stressors, and provide tools for students that promote resilience. His continuing academic studies focus on biopsychology, stress, and trauma. Current research is his jam.