Very Special Arts

July 8-October 4, 2014
Hoyt Atrium, Jameson Health System North Campus

Very Special Arts is an international nonprofit organization affiliated with the education programs of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC. It is designed to give special needs children and adults the opportunity to develop and showcase their creative abilities. Very Special Arts is founded on the belief that the arts are a universal language that challenges people to look beyond themselves and celebrate their diversity.

Since 1989, Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV’s Very Special Arts has celebrated the abilities of special needs students through an annual art exhibit. From the 30 participants 20 years ago, to the nearly 700 participants in recent years, this regional exhibit brings together students, teachers, families and the general public.

Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, one of 29 IU’s serving schools in Pennsylvania, serves the 27 school districts in Butler, Lawrence and Mercer Counties.

Very Special Arts is part of a continuing partnership between the Hoyt and Jameson Health System to explore the on-going relationship between art, medicine and healing for patients, caregivers and medical personnel.  Very Special Arts will be on display through October 4, 2014.