Special Needs Children Showcase Artistic Talent at Local Art Center

May 11, 2001
Children with Difficulty Communicating Verbally Voice Themselves Through Artistic Expression

BALTIMORE, MD - Students from the Kennedy Krieger Institute's lower and middle schools and LEAP program (for children with autism), will be showcasing over 50 pieces of original artwork in a special show at the Chesapeake Center for Creative Arts from May 18- June 1. The exhibit will consist of drawings, paintings and three-dimensional pieces including kites, masks and painted shoes.

"The artwork in the exhibit is particularly compelling because these children have difficulty communicating verbally, so the work serves as their "voice," said Art Teacher Anthony McKissic. He added," It is truly inspiring to watch these students with behavioral and emotional challenges make such beautiful pieces of artwork, using their creative talents to express themselves."

"We are so excited to have been afforded the opportunity to showcase the works of these young artists," said Bernadetter Arvidson, director of Education & Programming. "The Kennedy Krieger School has an exemplary reputation and Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts looks forward to a long and rewarding relationship with this educational Institution."

As part of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Kennedy Krieger School was established in 1967 as a national model for teaching children and adolescents with complex multiple learning and behavior disorders. Each staff member is committed to the belief that all individuals can learn and have the right to an education that helps them explore and experience life to the fullest of their abilities. It has been recognized by the President of the United States and the Department of Education as a "Blue Ribbon School of Excellence," the first to be recognized as such in the state of Maryland.

Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with disabilities, resulting from disorders of the brain, achieve their potential and participate as fully as possible in family, community and school life. For more information about Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

Chesapeake Center for the Creative arts officially opened its doors to the community in January 2001 during their Gala Week Celebration. The purpose of Chesapeake Arts is to be a major focal point and to provide a broad range of creative experiences through quality arts education and culturally diverse programs in the performing and visual arts. Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts serves Anne Arundel County and the surrounding regions and is located at 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park. For more information please call 410-636-6597.

Media Contact Inquiries:

Dorothy Fuchs, (410) 243-3790
Julie Lincoln, (443) 923-7334 or (443) 742-0770