Grove City College is hosting the 30th annual Very Special Arts Exhibit through April 17 in the gallery of the Pew Fine Arts Center on campus. The exhibit showcases an array of original artwork created by children with special needs, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics.
The gallery is open for viewing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. A reception in honor of the student artists will be held Saturday, April 6. At the reception, students will have the opportunity to view their selected art in the exhibit and to enjoy crafts and face painting. Student artists will also receive prizes and awards from exhibit sponsors the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the Thirty Three Foundation. Refreshments will be served.
Very Special Arts showcases artwork from kindergarten through 12th grade students from 27 school districts in Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties. The program is sponsored by the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, which provides educational and administrative leadership, programs, services and resources to public schools in western Pennnsylvania.
Very Special Arts is an international program founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith as an affiliate of the educational programs of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Washington, D.C. The program seeks to provide opportunities for special needs children and adults to develop their artistic abilities and display their creative skills.