Special art show focuses on special needs students in Knox Co.

Special art show focuses on special needs students in Knox County

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All of the artwork was created by Knox County special education students. All of the artwork was created by Knox County special education students.
They come together every year for this one day to show off their skills and express their own personal creativity. They come together every year for this one day to show off their skills and express their own personal creativity.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The annual Dogwood Arts Festival kicked off with a special show Wednesday. The event included nearly 500 special needs students from Knox County Schools.

This is the 30th year for the Very Special Arts Festival. All of the artwork was created by Knox County special education students. They come together every year for this one day to show off their skills and express their own personal creativity.

"If they want to perform, if they want to dance, if they want to do arts and crafts, they can," said Nancy Wolfe, the volunteer coordinator for this event since it started in the 1980s. "It's their own special day."

"In painting or drawing, they can see the start of their product and they're finished product. You can tell that's an accomplishment for them. And music, you can tell they're happy. They're smiling. We have a lot of kids who will sing and repeat the songs over and over again, so it's very good for them," said special education teacher Kali Reynolds, who works at Northshore Elementary School.

The Dogwood Arts Festival continues throughout April.

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