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Very Special Arts Festival 2012 – Day 1



Today is the first day of our VSA Festival for 2012.  Today alone we saw about 1000 students with special needs and had over 700 volunteers helping us from around the community.  Students enter through the front of the Museum where they are greeted by staff and volunteers, and are paired with a group leader who will guide them through the Museum.  Each group is lead through a number of Art Stops including:

  • Garden Tour
  • Fish Painting Project in the Gardens
  • Japanese Fan Collage in the Stein Gallery
  • Collaborative Portrait in the Semmes Gallery
  • Art Connections Activities
  • Live Music by Ajamu Mutima
  • Clay Relief Sculptures in the Studios
  • Painting Monoprints in the Studios
The Festival allows these students the unique opportunity to experience a day at the Museum that is just for them.  Each Art Stop is equipped with volunteers to assist students in creating their own works of art.  Check back later in the week for more updates on the Festival!

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