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NEWS RELEASE #41
April 14, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

APS Students to Create Giant Mural at "Festival of the Arts"

Using a unique artistic method and equipment developed by Zot Artz of Wisconsin, APS mobility-impaired and special needs students will paint a 20-foot mural on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  This collaborative artistic event will take place outside the Food Court of the Town Center at Aurora, 14200 E. Alameda Ave. as part of the annual APS Festival of the Arts.

Damon McLeese, the Executive Director of VSA Arts of Colorado, will coordinate the activity.  Using Zot Artz methods and equipment, McLeese will guide wheelchair-bound students around the mural, placing rainbows of color on the giant surface.  Other mobility-impaired students will stamp their unique designs on the mural using special pogo-stick equipment.  Once completed, students will display the mural inside the Food Court along with other APS district artwork through Thursday, April 27.

“Typically, special needs students have not had the opportunity to participate in the APS Festival of the Arts,” said Elkhart Elementary art teacher Wendy Pfaffhausen. “The Zot Artz method gives mobility-impaired and other special needs students the opportunity to participate in the festival by creating art in a collaborative and supportive environment.  It’s inspiring to see the joy in these students’ faces when they create something so large on their own.”

The APS Festival of the Arts takes place on April 22 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. inside the Food Court of Town Center at Aurora.  Presented by art and music teachers from all APS schools, the festival features artwork, events and activities for the entire family.

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