A Very Special Arts Festival
April 2, 2014
A Very Special Arts Festival is a unique event that celebrates the artistic endeavors of Knox County school-aged students having diverse abilities. The event is not a competition, but an event that provides an opportunity for students with disabilities to share their talents, works of art, and accomplishments with an interested audience.
The event includes a wide variety of activities in music, dance, drama, and visual arts. Workshops of “make and take” arts and crafts, demonstrations, exhibits of art work, and performances by individuals with disabilities are all elements of the festival. Students will enjoy numerous local character “walk abouts”, an exhibit from the Knoxville Zoo mobile, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, a DJ, and a variety of other activities. The main purpose of the event is to encourage and stimulate feelings of self-worth and to provide opportunities for students with disabilities to get together and express their creative talents in areas where there are no handicaps… the arts!
Supported by AKIMA women’s Club of Knoxville, Pilot Club of Knoxville, West high School, and West Knoxville Civitan Club, the event is a united effort between the Dogwood Arts Festival, the University of Tennessee Departments of Art and Special Education, and Knox County Schools.
A Very Special Arts Festival Committee Chair: Nancy Wolfe