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University Of North Alabama Promotes Diversity With The Very Special Arts Festival

Sep. 27, 2017

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

By Bryan Rachal
University Communications

FLORENCE, Ala.- The University of North Alabama's Collaborative Special Education program and Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, are teaming up to host the Very Special Arts Festival (VSAF), Friday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Spring Park in Tuscumbia.

The VSAF is a one-of-a-kind event that celebrates art and discovery. Intended for students with diverse abilities and artistic skills, the festival provides an opportunity for students to experience multiple art forms.

"We hope this will become an annual tradition for the Shoals area", said Dr. Trudy Abel, associate professor of Elementary Education and Collaborative Special Education program advisor.

The event, designed for K-12 students with exceptional learning needs, from Florence, Lauderdale County, Muscle Shoals, Colbert County, Sheffield and Tuscumbia School Systems, will provide art activities in four areas: visual art, music, performance and sensory discovery.

These activities will be designed and implemented by UNA Education program students and facilitated by instructors Susan Riedel and Dr. Trudy Abel.

Dr. Lamont Maddox, UNA associate professor of Secondary Education and Kappa Delta Pi advisor added, "The VSAF will include music, dance and movement activities intended to draw students into participating. We'll also provide gift bags for the students that include art supplies," he said.

Students will have an opportunity to paint t-shirts and create crafts they can take home with them.

"It's all about getting their hands dirty, so to speak, and giving them a chance to really be involved with all aspects of art," said Maddox.

To participate as a demonstrating artist or sponsor of VSAF contact: Dr. Trudy Abel,tabel@una.eduor Dr. Lamont Maddox,lmaddox@una.edu.


The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programsthrough the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business,Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing.Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA also operates arenownedcollegiate athletic program in NCAA Division II's Gulf South Conference.The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.