VSA arts and CVS Caremark Display Children's Artwork at Union Station

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "All Kids Can...CREATE," a children's art exhibition at Union Station from May 19-June 8, celebrates the creativity of children with disabilities. The exhibition includes artwork from one student from each state plus the District of Columbia in response to a national call for art issued by VSA arts and CVS Caremark All Kids Can to advance the role of the arts in inclusive education.

Last fall, VSA arts and CVS Caremark All Kids Can invited all children across the United States ages 5 to 15 to create a piece of visual art from both traditional and non-traditional art materials -- such as make-up, sponge rollers, wrapping paper, etc. -- to encourage children and youth to share their creativity. The resulting exhibition is part of VSA arts' Start with the Arts Family Festival, an annual community event that promotes the arts through a visual art exhibition, free musical performances, and a variety of free art activities for the whole family that will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 30 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 31.

"Through our new and unique partnership with VSA arts, we are excited to expand the reach of CVS Caremark All Kids Can," said Eileen Howard Dunn, senior vice president, Corporate Communications and Community Relations for CVS Caremark. "The mission of All Kids Can is to offer programs and initiatives for children of all abilities to learn, play, and succeed. Through our innovative new arts initiative, VSA and All Kids Can will now provide a variety of high quality arts programs that offer our kids the opportunity to be the very best artists they can be."
"Children have enormous creativity and a great desire to share their creations with others," said Soula Antoniou, president of VSA arts. "VSA arts and CVS Caremark All Kids Can share a commitment to promoting individual creativity, shared community experiences, and including children with disabilities. This partnership enables us to work together to provide new opportunities for all children, and the exhibition at Union Station is a wonderful expression of our joint commitment to showcase this creativity."

Out of the 51 children whose artwork will be on display, 10 representative students were selected to travel to Washington, D.C., to be honored at a reception on Capitol Hill on May 20:

-- Caitlin Bates, 16, Seattle, Washington
-- Ab Gokhale, 13, New Berlin, Wisconsin
-- Chase Hamilton, 14, Monroe, Louisiana
-- Grace Martinsen, 7, Akron, Iowa
-- Jakob Pereira, 8, Warwick, Rhode Island
-- Hope Peterson, 13, Alburgh, Vermont
-- Morrissa Spears, 14, Burkesville, Kentucky
-- Rayel Stader, 19, Boise, Idaho
-- Rebecca Weber, 10, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
-- Lexie Williams, 8, Nashville, Tennessee

Union Station is located at 50 Massachusetts Ave, NE. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.vsarts.org/allkidscan.

About VSA arts

VSA arts is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. VSA arts provides educators, parents, and artists with resources and the tools to support arts programming in schools and communities. VSA arts showcases the accomplishments of artists with disabilities and promotes increased access to the arts for people with disabilities. Each year millions of people participate in VSA arts programs through a nationwide network of affiliates and in 55 countries around the world. VSA arts is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, please visit www.vsarts.org.