The Music Center's Very Special Arts Festival is an annual inclusive event celebrating the artistic achievements of students with all abilities. The festival features student and professional performances, visual and performing arts workshops, and a student art exhibit created around the theme. Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Very Special Arts Festival is free and open to all grade levels.
Very Special Arts Festival Goes Virtual: Seeds of Kindness
The Music Center's Very Special Arts Festival takes on a new virtual format offering students and teachers an opportunity to experience dance and musical performances and participate in art workshops.
Student Art Gallery
Browse through the virtual art gallery and check out all the amazing and incredible student artwork! Thank you to all the teachers and schools for participating!
View Art Gallery
Check out art workshops created by Music Center teaching artists. All workshops are available to watch on-demand at any time!
Dance Workshop with Tara Cook Davis
Hand Puppet Workshop with Beth Peterson
Mime Theatre Workshop with The Chameleons
Paper Cut Out Characters Workshop with Lynn Okimura
Scavenger Drum Circle Workshop with Joseph Peck
Straight Up Abilities Dance Workshop
Study Guide & Lesson Plans
Get the Very Special Arts Festival Goes Virtual study guide filled with lesson plans and arts workshops.
Choosing Words With Dignity
What you write and say creates images and perceptions about people with disabilities. Using negative words encourages stereotyping. Positive, constructive words can enhance the dignity of people with disabilities and promote positive attitudes about their abilities. Avoid negative terms such as "victim," "cripple," lame," stricken" or "afflicted by" (disability). When talking to or about people with disabilities, refer to the person first rather than the disability.
Some appropriate phrases include:
* Person (or child or student) who is visually impaired
* Person who is deaf
* Person who uses a wheelchair
* Person with developmental disabilities
* Person who has muscular dystrophy
It is no longer appropriate to use the term "handicap" when referring to a disability. The appropriate terminology to use is "disability." Avoid using education or medical jargon and acronyms (e.g., "OH" or "SED") to describe students. Positive descriptions include, for example, "child with physical disabilities" or "student with severe emotional disturbances."