The Music Center’s Very Special Arts Festival
Save the Dates: April 29 & 30, 2022
The Music Center's Very Special Arts Festival is an annual free, 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 a theme that is introduced to the students each year. Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Very Special Arts Festival is open to all grade levels.
For the first time in 2022, the Festival will expand to two days with the second day, Saturday, April 30, 2022, open to the entire community. Families and children of all abilities will enjoy a number of free performances and art-making activities and will have access to educational resources.
Registration information to come in January 2022.
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."
A Look Back at Very Special Arts Festival Goes Virtual
Very Special Arts Festival Goes Virtual: Seeds of Kindness
The Music Center's Very Special Arts Festival took on a new virtual format in 2021, 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!
2021 Very Special Arts Festival Art Workshops
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Special Thanks to Our Partners
When we speak of our vision to deepen the cultural lives of all Angelenos, we turn to the work of TMC Arts. This team champions the diverse voices and communities of Los Angeles, fostering connection, creativity and enrichment. TMC Arts programs connect people, offering us the chance to get creative and to learn as we discover something new or enjoy something familiar. Many programs are free and low-cost; they take place outdoors on Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center and in Grand Park, inside The Music Center's theatres and in schools and neighborhoods all across L.A. County.