A Very Special Arts Festival is coming to West High School from 9 a.m. until noon today (10/23). It’s an opportunity for special education students from across Knox County to gather for a day of fun and creativity with their peers.
This event celebrates each student’s diverse abilities and highlights the various artistic skills they are learning in the classroom. Activities include music, dance, drama and the visual arts.
For many students, this is one of the only opportunities they have to go on a field trip during the school year,” said Kate Creason, program manager for Dogwood Arts. “We strive to make it a really special experience that highlights the fact that there really are no limits when it comes to creating and loving all forms of art.”
Dogwood Arts has proudly coordinated this event for over 23 years and will continue to grow the program. College students from the University of Tennessee Department of Teacher Education lead arts and crafts workshops, demonstrations and musical performances, alongside educators, nurses, West High School peer tutors and community volunteers.
Shannon Herron oversees marketing, communications and design services for the 18 annual events and programs of Dogwood Arts.