Children's Art: "WE LIVE HERE" Dec. 16

Opening reception Dec. 16 for exhibition by state organization on arts and disability and partners.


By Wendy Finklea

Special to USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2011) – VSA Florida (VSAFL), the state organization on arts and disability, headquartered in the University of South Florida College of Education in Tampa, is proud to announce the opening of the exhibition WE LIVE HERE Dec. 16 from 10-11 a.m. in the Faculty Office Building.


The exhibition can be viewed in the main lobby of the building as well as through some of the adjacent corridors through March 1, 2012. 


“Everyone is invited to visit our new space and learn about the work we do statewide, making life-long impact on students and adults with and without disabilities through the arts,” said Marian Winters, VSAFL executive director. “We’re the new kid on campus and thrilled to be here. We not only facilitate art opportunities for students around the state, but are the go-to consultants on inclusion in the arts and arts curriculum integration and hope the faculty and students at USF will take full advantage of our training services.” 


VSAFL, the Children's Board of Hillsborough County's KidzCreate Gallery and Glazer Children's Museum, all of whose core mission is helping children of all abilities reach their fullest potential, partnered on this project this year.


Using VSA Start with the Arts modified curriculum, the Glazer's education staff taught art and literary activities engaging children in expressing concepts, thoughts and feelings about the community in which they live. The organization’s global, multicultural and multiethnic society offers many ways of increasing children's understanding of different viewpoints, ways of living and tolerance. 


This exhibition represents how the arts provide easy access to expanding children's views of where they live, and ultimately the world. For more information please call 813-974-0715 or email


Wendy Finklea can be reached at 813-558-5093.