Williston 8th grader's artwork to represent Vermont at national exhibit in DC

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Wed, 06/06/2012 - 6:53am -- tricia

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability and an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, along with CVS Caremark All Kids Can, have announced the 102 students of all abilities that will be featured in the 2012 All Kids Can CREATE exhibition "What Inspires Me." All Kids Can CREATE is an annual national program from which artwork submitted by students, ages 5-15, is selected to represent each state and the District of Columbia for a national art exhibition. This year, All Kids Can CREATE invited young people with and without disabilities to submit a piece of artwork under the theme, "What Inspires Me," to encourage youth to reflect on what inspires them and express those inspirations through original art.
More than 3,000 students across the country submitted artwork for consideration. Two students from each state and the District of Columbia have been selected to participate in the exhibition. All of the artwork submitted this year is featured in an online gallery at www.artsonia.com/allkidscancreate.
"CVS Caremark is proud to collaborate with VSA for the fifth year on All Kids Can CREATE, the only visual arts program of its kind that raises awareness in schools and in local communities about the importance of inclusion," said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president of Corporate Communications & Community Relations for CVS Caremark. "This program encourages children with and without disabilities to express themselves and fosters creativity, self-esteem and confidence through art and showcases the positive impact arts education can have on children of all abilities."
"We are happy to recognize and support this diverse group of talented young artists," said Betty Siegel, director of VSA and Accessibility at the Kennedy Center. "Programs like this are crucial for promoting inclusive arts education opportunities."
Ten students representing the diversity of talent, creativity and abilities from across the nation will travel courtesy of VSA and CVS Caremark to Washington, D.C. for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony when the 2012 All Kids Can CREATE exhibition debuts at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.
The ten students are: Mallory Brooks, Age 12 of Indianapolis, Indiana; Summer Corry, Age 13 of Honolulu, Hawaii; Lydia England, Age 9 of Dallas, Texas; Mason Hardin, Age 15 of Columbus, Georgia; Joanna Jarvis, Age 10 of Pine Hall, North Carolina; Kira Marlow, Age 15 of Batavia, Illinois; Justin McQuiston, Age 14 of Williston, Vermont; Mmesoma Oticha, Age 5 of Tucson, Arizona; Joao Rosario, Age 12 of Warwick, Rhode Island; and Shani Summers, Age 14 of Honolulu, Hawaii.