Reminder: Twitter Art Exhibit Benefits Special Needs Dance Programs

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March 18, 2014 by Nicole

special-needs-classUnder the leadership of director Dario J. Moore, dance programs for students with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy have been offered at The Center for Contemporary Dance since 2011. Photo by Kieshalia Stephens, Pink Afterglow Photogrpahy

Twitter Art Exhibit Orlando, featuring original postcard-sized artworks from hundreds of artists across the world, will open this Thursday, March 20, 2014 at CityArts Factory (Magic Gallery) in Downtown Orlando.

The exhibit runs through April 11, 2014 and all proceeds from the sale of the artworks benefit dance programs for special needs students at The Center for Contemporary Dance. Online sales will be available to the public after opening night.

CCD has been hosting dance education programs for students with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy since 2011. Funds received 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.”

Twitter Art Exhibit comes to Orlando, thanks to the vision of Robin Maria Pedrero, an artist, public speaker and board member for Twitter Art Exhibit. Pedrero is the curator for the Orlando exhibition. Pedrero was inspired to do something  after observing a class of special needs students and learning of the financial challenges faced by their families.

“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.”

Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando is the fourth installment of this worldwide art experience, uniting artists from every part of the globe through social media in support of a worthy cause. David Sandum, a Swedish-born artist and social media influencer in the field of Fine Arts, first conceived of the open exhibition in 2011 as a vehicle for doing good through online community building.

A sampling of works already submitted by artists across the world for Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando. Images provided by

What: Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando, an exhibition by international artists connected by social media in support of Special Needs Programs at The Center for Contemporary Dance, a nonprofit organization.

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 at The Center for Contemporary Dance

Contact:  (407) 695-8366 or email curator Robin Maria Pedrero at
For more information, including the Call for Artists:
Twitter: @twitrartexhibit or #twitterartexhibit

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