Friday, April 16, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
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 in line with guidelines from the State of California and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. This new format offers students and teachers an opportunity to experience dance and musical performances and participate in lots of art workshops. We can't wait to see you there!
Register Your School
Schools may still submit 2D or 3D artwork to be included in the virtual festival. Please complete the registration form and then contact email@example.com by December 18, 2020, for more information and to participate. The artwork submission deadline is March 19, 2021.
For schools that only want to watch the virtual festival, the registration deadline is April 15, 2021.
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."