Preparations are underway for an art show that benefits a program for autistic children.

"An Evening of Arts ‘n Autism," an annual event benefiting Arts ‘n Autism, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Harrison Galleries, 2315 University Blvd. in downtown Tuscaloosa.

This year’s signature event, “Holiday Lights,” will feature an inaugural private preview party from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. before the gallery opens to the public at 6 p.m. The preview party will allow time for 2019 event sponsors to meet the parents of the artists.

Food for the evening will be provided by Glory Bound and Sweet Home Food Bar. Music will be performed by Tuscaloosa’s Vulcan Eejits.

Now in its 13th year, the collaborative art show features original works by students with autism and area artists, along with drawings for gifts that include a Tag Heuer diamond women’s watch from Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelers and a set of tires from BFGoodrich.

Tickets for the event are $10 for individuals and $15 per couple, and can be purchased by calling 205-247-4990, or at the Arts 'n Autism office at 2625 Eighth St. in Tuscaloosa. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the night of the event.

Arts ‘n Autism has been serving the needs of people and families living with autism since 2004. Founded by Jan Sikes and Suzanne Dowling as an after-school alternative for children with autism, the organization now offers a range of programming. For more information, visit Arts 'n Autism's Facebook page, its website at or call 205-247-4990.