Very Special Arts Festival Celebrates Children of All Abilities

By Elena Epstein

Very special arts festivalAs I walked into the courtyard of The Music Center this morning I couldn’t help but smile. Children were everywhere — singing, dancing, and making art. More than 5,000 K-12 students of all abilities from all parts of L.A. County came together for the 38th Annual Very Special Arts Festival.

More than 130 schools attended this year’s festival, celebrating students’ achievements in visual and performing arts. Eighty school groups participated in continuous live performances on two outdoor stages and more than 1,000 pieces of 2-D and 3-D student artwork were displayed. Students could also participate in numerous hands-on arts activities and workshops, based on this year’s theme of “Heroes.”

The Music Center’s Very Special Arts Festival is produced in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.


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