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Appleton Showcases Marion County Exceptional Students' Art

March 5, 2014

Students at four Marion County schools recently worked alongside artists with disabilities to create beautiful works of art that are on display at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, through March 25.

The Appleton partnered with Very Special Arts Florida to bring the “Hand ‘n Hand” program to Intellectually Disabled Gifted classes at Maplewood Elementary, Fort King Middle and Forest High. The voluntary pre-kindergarten class at Ward Highlands Elementary had the opportunity to experience the nationally acclaimed VSA pre-literacy program “Start with the Arts.”

For eight weeks, student artists with disabilities at Maplewood learned techniques to help them create, and Delilah Chiparro, an artist who is legally blind, worked with the class on a collaborative piece.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon.
The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays, and closed on Mondays. Daily admission is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.

Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, just east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.

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