September 12, 2013 by Nicole
Photo: Special needs class at CCD. Courtesy of Pink Afterglow Photography.
We’re so excited that Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando has chosen The Center for the Contemporary Dance as the designated nonprofit organization for its exhibition and sale of postcard-sized artworks from artists across the world. All proceeds from the art sale will benefit dance programs for special needs students.
The Center for Contemporary Dance has been hosting dance education programs for students with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy since 2011. Funds from the exhibition will be used to subsidize tuition costs and provide scholarships to students unable to participate in dance programs due to financial hardship.
“There is a waiting list of students eager to participate in the special needs programs,” says Craig W. Johnson, Executive Director for The Center for Contemporary Dance. “Because of the unique needs of differently-abled children, their families are faced with greater expenses than average. The majority are unable to invest in anything more than the most basic of necessities. Thanks to the tremendous generosity behind Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando we can provide them access to more–and lives will surely be transformed.”
David Sandum, a Swedish-born artist, created the first event in 2011 as a way to do good using the online community, uniting artists across the globe through social media in support of a worthy cause. He hoped for 140 entries, symbolic of the 140 characters used on Twitter. They received 260 cards from 24 countries, and Sandum raised enough funds to buy 221 new children’s books for a struggling library in Moss, Norway. The second exhibition, also held in Norway, attracted 360 artists from 32 nations, raising $4,000 USD for an abused women’s shelter. The third exhibition, this time an international affair, saw 502 artists from 35 countries sending in a total of 726 postcards and raised $7,000 for Art Division in Los Angeles, an organization mentoring underprivileged young adults in preparation for careers in the visual arts.
Twitter Art Exhibit comes to Orlando, thanks to the vision of Robin Maria Pedrero, an artist, public speaker and independent curator. As a former arts administrator for the Seminole Cultural Arts Council, Pedrero had the opportunity to work with Dario J. Moore, Artistic Director for The Center for Contemporary Dance. While observing a class of special needs students and learning of the financial challenges faced by their families, Pedrero was inspired to do something. “Movement, language, creativity, and discipline all came together in a meaningful way for these students,” says Pedrero. “There was no doubt in my mind that they should be the beneficiaries of the Orlando exhibit.”
The art entries will be displayed and sold at a price of $35 each on opening night, Thursday March 20, 2014, at CityArts Factory (Magic Gallery) through April 11, 2014. Online sales will also be available to the public after opening night. The event is free to attend and open to the public.
For more information about the Call for Artists, visit http://www.twitterartexhibit.org, Facebook, or Twitter: @twitrartexhibit or #twitterartexhibit. There is no entry fee and artists of all skill levels are encouraged to participate.
What: Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando, benefiting Special Needs Programs at The Center for Contemporary Dance
When: Opening reception, Thursday March 20, 2014, 6 – 9 PM; exhibit runs through April 11, 2014
Where: CityArts Factory (Magic Gallery) 29 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
Cost: Admission is free; $35 per artwork with proceeds benefiting Special Needs Dance Programs
Contact: Robin Maria Pedrero, Curator | firstname.lastname@example.org