PSA for VSA
Our community’s Very Special Artists are here to teach us a thing or two. Very Special Arts is a nationwide program started in 1974 as a “Special Olympics of the Arts.” VSA’s are students, ages 3 and up, who possess developmental disabilities and outstanding creative abilities. In Sacramento, more than 3,000 VSA’s have worked hard this year to perfect their respective art forms at schools and developmental centers throughout our community. Be it dance, puppetry, acting, video production, sculpture or painting, they’ve mastered their mediums and now, 1,500 of them are about to go public with their talents. The entire community is invited to witness their performances at the 16th Annual Very Special Festival of the Arts.
For those who would rather do than watch, the festival includes more than 50 hands-on “funshops” led by local artists where children and adults can sample new art methods. Such valued skills as hula dancing, ballet, banjo playing, dramatic interpretation, hat making and soap sculpture are free for the learning. Drop by the festival this Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission is free for everyone. Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St. Call 277-6747 for more information.