Compagni's 16th-century painting was done by
"Good job," museum volunteer
Michael knew that. But he was interested in being part of the hands-on project at a museum, surrounded by paintings and other students.
"There is great art and there are different great activities," he said. "But I am not a great drawer like that."
Very Special Arts was founded 40 years ago to increase access to arts and education for people with disabilities. The Cummer's first festival had 225 exceptional education students doing art at the museum with 40 volunteers. This week's festival saw
"The idea that children, especially those with special needs, can create their own works of art while surrounded by master works from many eras is a very unique experience," museum director
Students from 49 schools are greeted by mimes and musicians before they head to eight art stations. They assembled geometrical collages inspired by artist Piet Mondrian and painted clay pots in the main garden lawn, then watched adult artists painting nearby.
"They could not wait; this morning and yesterday they were asking, 'Are we going on the field trip?' "
"There are a lot of fun things here, and plus, I get to see stuff I have never seen before," said student
This was volunteer
"I love it. They were happy and they made me happy and it was fun to chat with them," she said with a broad smile.
"I can get my hands dirty," the 8-year-old said.
Students also listened to musician
"I feel very special to be a part of this," he said. "I see beauty, I see power, I see freedom."
Each year artwork done by some of the students are displayed at the museum and some of it used on event banners and T-shirts.
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