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Oklahoma Center for Arts Education at UCO Presents the Final Showcase of Arts Without Limits

Young men and women dance with orange pom-poms.

April 14, 2017

Media Contact: Angela Morris, Grant Writer, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-3752, amorris11@uco.edu

Oklahoma Center for Arts Education at UCO Presents the Final Showcase of Arts Without Limits

The Oklahoma Center for Arts Education (OCAE), a division of the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Central Oklahoma, will host the final showcase of Arts Without Limits, a program providing weekly arts education to Wings: A Special Needs Community, at 1 p.m. April 26 at the Wings facility, 13700 N. Eastern Ave. in Edmond. The event is free and open to the public.           

Arts Without Limits, under the organization of OCAE, facilitates weekly, hour-long classes in arts education to the special needs community of Wings.  The classes rotate within the disciplines of art (watercolor painting and ceramics), music (vocal and instrumental) and dance (jazz and tap) and are facilitated by arts education students from the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design.

At the end of each 24-week rotation, Arts Without Limits produces a culminating showcase, including a dance and musical number performed by participants, as well as an art exhibition of participants’ most recent ceramic work.

“Wings caters to the adult special needs community, primarily those diagnosed with Down syndrome and autism,” said Ines Burnham, director of OCAE and founder of Arts Without Limits.

“Arts education provides this community with a positive outlet for self-expression.  It fosters an outlet for teamwork, refines gross motor skills and affords standard physical therapies.”

According to Burnham, most participants of Wings were not granted the opportunity to partake in arts programing in public schools, due to common diagnoses seen in community members of Wings.

“At no fault of public school teachers, Wing participants were likely segregated into classrooms of four or five special needs students, with no option to participate in school choir or band or dance teams or other arts communities,” Burnham said.

“Arts Without Limits gives them that opportunity.”

Arts Without Limits also includes two day-long festivals, featuring all five disciplines of the college – arts, dance, design, music and theatre arts – and open, at no cost, to members of the special needs community, including Wings, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma and the Special Olympics.  The come-and-go festival days are hosted at UCO and allow for students to participate in each discipline, spending approximately 20 minutes at each area, with a hands-on project.

“Arts Without Limits not only provides an invaluable service to its constituents, it also enables our UCO students the opportunity to transform their classroom learning experiences into hands-on experience and participate in civic engagement,” Burnham said.

Arts Without Limits is supported, in part, by the Oklahoma Arts Council.

To make reservations to attend the final showcase of Arts Without Limits, contact the OCAE project assistant, Debra Gallagher, at 405-974-3754 or ocae@uco.edu.

For more information about Arts Without Limits and the Oklahoma Center for Arts Education, visit ocae.net.

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Editor’s Note: Download art associate with this release at media.uco.edu/press/ArtsWithoutLimits04.17.

Cutline: Members of Wings: A Special Needs Community will perform a dance and musical number as a part of the Arts Without Limits Final Showcase, produced by the UCO Oklahoma Center for Arts Education, at 1 p.m. April 26 at 13700 N. Eastern Ave. in Edmond.  The final showcase of Arts Without Limits is free and open to the public. Pictured here, participants in Arts Without Limits showcase a dance.