Let Dogwood Arts begin: A Very Special Arts Festival

Very Special Arts Festival 2015 t-shirt from Powell High School

Students from Powell High School were easily identified with these bright orange t-shirts at the Very Special Arts Festival 2015.

Promptly on April 1st, 2015, the Knoxville’s Dogwood Arts Festival began — and it started with school kids having fun.  A Very Special Arts Festival celebrating Knox County students with diverse abilities kicked off the annual festival with a day of art, fun, and friendly competition.

Volunteers had their hands full — passing out goodies and snacks, monitoring events, and helping with events — like “make and take” workshops, art demonstrations, and dancing to the DJ’s music in the West High School gym.

Volunteers at A Very Special Arts Festival 2015

Mary Riddle and Myra Haynes passed out sacks designated for each school at the Very Special Arts Festival.

Inside, this camera-lovin’ shark from Ripley’s Aquarium at the Smokies posed near the gym door for pictures with the kids.

Picture hound:  the shark from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Picture hound: the shark from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Outside, local firefighters from the Knoxville Fire Department passed out red hats to any and all who wanted them.

Firefighters Chris Justice, Mike Pickett, and Adam Noe passed out lots of red firemen's hats.

Firefighters Chris Justice, Mike Pickett, and Adam Noe passed out lots of red firemen’s hats.

And you could spot the crew from Powell High School all over campus wearing these bright orange tees.

Dancing in the West High Gym at A Very Special Arts Festival

Dancin to the DJ’s music in the West High gym. Can you spot those Powell High students?

It was a memorable kick-off to the 2015 Dogwood Arts Festival, thanks to the sponsors — AKIMA Women’s Club, West High School, the Pilot Club, and West Knoxville Civitan — and the aides, teachers, and volunteers who made it all possible.

Great kick-off to the festival, thanks to volunteers and sponsors!

Great kick-off to the festival, thanks to volunteers and sponsors!

For more information:

Dogwood Arts Festival 2015: http://www.dogwoodarts.com/

Pictures on the Dogwood Arts Festival Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dogwoodartsknox

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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2 Responses to Let Dogwood Arts begin: A Very Special Arts Festival

  1. It certainly looks like Knoxville knows how to throw a celebration. 🙂

    • You’re right, Judy. Knoxville’s biggest (and perhaps longest) festival is Dogwood Arts. There are so many activities that you couldn’t see or do them all even if you tried. We still love trying, by the way!

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