In addition to being a successful artist, Blake Lenoir is an avid gardener and environmental activist. As an artist with autism, Blake has channeled his encyclopedic knowledge of plants and his obsessive attention to detail into intricate drawings full of scientific observation of, and deep affection for, the natural world. Backyard Eden features drawings inspired by Blake’s own garden and the ecosystem of his native Calumet region. Located in the Chicago Cultural Center, Project Onward is the Department of Cultural Affairs' studio program for artists with special needs. The program supplies studio space, art supplies, and professional guidance to over 30 adult artists living with mental and developmental disabilities.