Kennedy Center’s 2017 VSA Student Art Exhibit to Open at ED

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Kennedy Center’s 2017 VSA Student Art Exhibit to Open at ED

Featuring Art by Students With Disabilities From Around the World

The U.S. Department of Education will host the opening of an exhibit of art works from the Office of VSA and Accessibility, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The opening, along with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, will take place in the Department’s headquarters auditorium in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. ET.

The exhibit, titled UBUNTU, Yo Soy…Je Suis…I Am…Because You Are, will showcase student artwork from the United States, Argentina, Korea, Saudi Arabia and Singapore. A panel discussion with parents, teachers and students with disabilities, titled Changing Lives Through Arts Education: The Importance of Arts Education for Students With Disabilities and the Role of Student-Artists as Mentors in and out of the Classroom, will be facilitated by Senior Vice President of Education for the Kennedy Center Mario R. Rossero.  U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Kimberly Richey will also deliver remarks.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Student Art Exhibit Program, now in its 14th year, features visual, literary and performing arts created by students in U.S. and international schools, from pre-K through professional art school.  VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 40 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide cultural, arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all.

To visit the exhibit and receive more information about the Department’s Student Art Exhibit Program, contact Jackye Zimmermann at 202-401-0762 or Jacquelyn.Zimmermann@ed.gov.

Who :

Kimberly Richey, Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Mario R. Rossero, Senior Vice President of Education for the Kennedy Center

What :

U.S. Department of Education’s Student Art Exhibit Program Hosts the Opening of the Kennedy Center’s VSA Student Art Exhibit of Works by Students With Disabilities From Around the World

When :

11 a.m. ET, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

Where :

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