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Union Program Council Promotes Disability Awareness with Art Exhibit

K-State Engagement E-News, April 2009 (PDF)

by Jenny Barnes

UPC project.

"K-State for All" week is an event that takes place on campus every spring. It is designed to engage members of the community with developmental disabilities.

There were many events that took place during this semester's celebration. One event was the art exhibit featured in the William T. Kemper Art Gallery in the K-State Student Union. It featured original artwork by K-State Professor Emeritus Vernon Bode and Lawrence Kansas Parks and Recreation Special Populations art class.

Georgia Campbell, one of the co-chairs for the Union Program Council arts committee, the group responsible for organizing the gallery, said "I think it is important that we showcase an exhibit of something different like this in the gallery."

The exhibit featured water colors, pencil drawings and acrylics. Professor Emeritus Vernon Bode suffered from a stroke and had to relearn all of his motor skills with his non-dominant hand. The artists from Lawrence who had work featured in the gallery had various disabilities.

Artists from the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Special Populations class showcased original artwork in the Union Art Gallery.

Artists from the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Special
Populations class showcased original artwork in the
Union Art Gallery.

UPC also hosted a reception at the end of "K-State for All" week to allow the artists to meet with people in the community who had viewed their work.

"It was neat that we could have all the artists there and have the community come in and see the work these artists had created," Campbell said. "It was a very proud moment for most of them."

When the package of materials is complete, Gros plans to make them available to every high school campus in Kansas for free.