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Department to Host VSA Student Art Exhibit and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony With Performances in Celebration of International Education Week


Contact:  
David Thomas , (202) 401-1579, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: November 19, 2013 11:00 am - 01:00 pm

Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of International Affairs Maureen McLaughlin and Director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Melody Musgrove will give keynote remarks at the opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of an art exhibit featuring students from around the world at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the Department’s auditorium, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W. They will be joined by Director of VSA and the Accessibility Department at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Betty Siegel, and Vice President for Education at the Kennedy Center Darrell Ayers.

The exhibit of 19 works is hosted by the Department and presented in conjunction with VSA as part of International Education Week. This year’s theme is “Yo Soy … Je Suis … I Am … My Family.” The ceremony will also feature remarks from Baltimore student artist Marquise Griffin, VSA Singapore artist and educator Gregory Burns, and Colette Young, a graduate student at Columbia University and 2013 VSA International Young Soloists winner.

In addition, the event will feature a musical performance by 2010 VSA International Young Soloists winner and singer-songwriter Blessing Offor and drummer and graduate student at the University of South Florida Paul Gavin, also a 2013 VSA International Young Soloists Winner.

VSA, an international organization serving people with disabilities of all ages and an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, was founded more than 39 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities could learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.

The exhibit will be displayed at the Department through the end of the year.

Refreshments will be served.

NOTE: A sign language interpreter will be present.


Event 1
Who :

Maureen McLaughlin, senior advisor to the secretary and director of the Office of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Education
Melody Musgrove, OSEP director, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education
Betty Siegel, director of VSA and the Accessibility Department, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Darrell Ayers, vice president for education, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Marquise Griffin, student artist
Gregory Burns, artist and educator, VSA Singapore
Colette Young, Columbia University graduate student and 2013 VSA International Young Soloist winner
Blessing Offor, singer/songwriter and 2010 VSA International Young Soloists winner
Paul Gavin, drummer, graduate student at University of South Florida, and 2013 VSA International Young Soloists winner

What :

Opening, Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Reception for VSA Student Art Exhibit

When :

11 a.m. EDT – Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Where :

U.S. Department of Education
Department Auditorium
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C.

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