Particular Training Artwork Night time March 1 raises consciousness and funds for college students | Information
Selma City Schools will hold its Third Annual Special Education Art Night on March 1 at Arts Revive. The event will begin at 4 pm and it will end at 6 pm
“The purpose of this event is to showcase our students’ abilities,” said Laura Whitney Howorth, a special education teacher at Meadowview Elementary School and one of the event organizers. “It is a way to bring the community together for our students. It raises awareness as well as funds for students with special needs.”
This event came about during a summer workshop for special education teachers. “We were looking for a way to showcase our students’ abilities and celebrate them. Scholars with disabilities are rarely recognized for their accomplishments,” said Courtney Ustesy, director of special education for Selma City Schools.
This event will include artwork from a wide range of students with vastly different abilities. The SCS Special Education Department serves students with significant cognitive disabilities and students who are gifted.
“We have a silent auction for our current art, and this year we have a buy now option for some of the art that we did in years past when the show had to be canceled due to COVID,” Howorth said.
“This event is so close to my heart because we don’t get to celebrate our students nearly enough,” Howorth said. “The students absolutely love painting, and it is such a great sensory experience for so many of our students. Art is expressive, and it allows our students to be themselves and show off their amazing abilities.”
Tally Ho, Mark’s Mart, Happiness Nutrition, Albritton Flowers and the Flower Basket are partnering with Selma City Schools for the event. Utsey thanked them and all the special education teachers and staff members, especially Howorth, who worked on the event.
Art can be purchased by cash or check. A credit card machine will not be available.