Autism Fun Bay Area, based in San Francisco, California, was founded in 2012 by concert pianist Stephen Prutsman and his wife Sigrid Van Bladel, parents of a young teen with autism. Our Azure events aim to make music and the performing arts accessible to audiences for whom regular performances are typically off limits or difficult due to behaviors or sensory challenges.
We have partnered with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Symphony Silicon Valley, Ballet San Jose, and many other arts organizations around the Bay, as well as several outside the Bay Area. Azure concerts have been held in San Diego, Sacramento, St. Paul, Phoenix, Canada, and even Kosovo and Bulgaria! We also sponsor a series of autism family-friendly Jazz Jams in San Francisco. In total, we host approximately 15 events per year, ranging in size from 20 to 200 participants.