Very Special Arts

Public Reception: September 17 5-7 pm

Inspired by the international nonprofit bearing the same name, Very Special Arts was designed to give special needs people the opportunity to develop and showcase their creative abilities. It is founded on the belief that the arts are a universal language that challenges people to look beyond themselves and celebrate their diversity. 

“It’s a perfect tie to the theme of arts and healing underlying all our Jameson exhibits, “ says Hoyt’s Executive Director, Kimberly Koller-Jones., “as we continue to explore the on-going relationship between art and medicine for patients, caregivers and staff.”

Initiated in 1989, Very Special Arts has brought together students, teachers, and families to celebrate the abilities of special needs students in the tri-county area.  What was once began with 30 some participants twenty years ago has grown to nearly 700 participants today.  The Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, one of 29 IU’s serving schools in Pennsylvania, serves the 27 school districts in Butler, Lawrence and Mercer Counties.