EHC student’s work to be featured in Washington, D.C.

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EGG HARBOR CITY – Artwork by Charles L. Spragg School second-grader TaShawn Forbes has been selected to represent New Jersey in an art exhibit at the United States Department of Education building in Washington, D.C.

The exhibit features the artwork created by students with disabilities.

The Very Special Arts’ International Art Program for Children with Disabilities “Je Suis...Yo Soy...I Am” International Art Program allowed student-artists with disabilities from around the world to display their creations side-by-side in an online exhibition.

The program encourages children to create a self-portrait that illustrates who they are and who they will be. The project of self-portraits allows artistic freedom for children to celebrate the unique qualities they have to share with the world.

A selection of artwork from the online entries was chosen for a live exhibition at the United State Department of Education in Washington, D.C. and will be in display in November.

Spragg School art teacher Heather Camillo submitted her students’ art work to the VSA.

Camillo said she is very proud of her student and Forbes is honored to be selected and represent his state.

VSA, an international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith. VSA provides arts and education opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities and increases access to the arts for all. VSA is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

When founded in 1974, the organization was named the National Committee - Arts for the Handicapped.

In 1985 the name changed to Very Special Arts and in 2010 it became VSA.

In 2011, VSA merged with the Kennedy Center's Office on Accessibility to become the Department of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

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