May 12, 2008
St. John’s University will proudly host the annual Very Special
Arts Festival on Tuesday, May 20 in Marillac Terrace on the
University’s Queens Campus. The exhibit is free and will be
open from 9a.m.-12p.m.
Returning to St. John’s for the 17th-straight year, the exhibit
celebrates the artistic achievements of students with disabilities,
along with their mainstream peers and features performances,
workshops in the visual and performing arts, and an exhibit of
student art created around this year’s theme, “Live and Learn
Through the Arts.”
“St. John’s is extremely proud and honored to once again host
the annual Festival,” said Belenna Lauto, Professor of Fine Arts at
St. John’s University. “This is an exceptional event that
provides hope and pride to so many children who struggle with the
things that many of us take for granted on a daily basis.”
Students from schools throughout Queens will have their work on
exhibit, with several of this year’s works stressing how art can be
used across the curriculum to teach academics by making things
easier to understand.
VSA arts of New York City provides art, educational and creative
expression experiences to thousands of children, youth, and adults
with disabilities who reside in the five boroughs of New York City.
It provides opportunities for people with disabilities to
demonstrate their accomplishments in the arts and foster increased
understanding and acceptance. VSA arts of New York City is a
partner of VSA arts, an international, nonprofit organization
founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a
society where all people with disabilities learn through,
participate in and enjoy the arts.
For media inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Reilly, Assistant
Director of Media Relations at St. John’s, by calling (718)
990-5789, or by e-mail to email@example.com.
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