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12th Annual Artfest pairs Delawareans with disabilities and UD students

Apr 26, 2019

Individuals with disabilities and University of Delaware undergraduate volunteers will pair up this weekend to paint and dance.


On Saturday, the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies, Art Therapy Express and the New Castle County Department of Community Services will host individuals with disabilities and UD undergraduate volunteers as they pair up to create tropical island paradises on canvas.

And while their paint dries, they’ll also get to express themselves through movement in an inclusive Zumba dance session.

“This event is all about fostering the individual creative experience. And - we’re fostering individual creativity, but at the same time it’s also a collaborative event - a community event,” said Victor Schaffner - the director of communications and advocacy at the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies.

He says the event reflects what the Center for Disabilities Studies is all about, "which is empowering individuals with disabilities and facilitating inclusion, which is really about taking part fully in the life of one’s community.”

Schaffner says this is the 12th year for Artfest.

He says a change this year is that participants will get to focus on a single piece of artwork, instead of the usual featured multiple art projects.

Click here to preview the Artfest.

To access an Artfest event flyer, click here.

And to view a video of a previous Artfest event, click here.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Castle County Absalom Jones Community Center.

Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.