A Very Special Arts Festival at Harris-Hillman School

UPDATE: The mural is complete! Here it is in finished form. AMAZING!

UPDATE: The gym floor mural is complete! Here it is in finished form. AMAZING!

Art touches us all and can have profound effects on all children, regardless of ability. That philosophy has never been represented better than at Harris-Hillman School‘s Very Special Arts Festival.

For those who don’t know Harris-Hillman, it is a very special school with very special students. It serves students with multiple disabilities, many of whom need nursing services throughout the day. Teachers and staff at Harris-Hillman focus on sensory stimulation, gross and fine motor development, acquisition of self help skills, communication training, socialization, basic academics based on State Standards, and prevocational skill development.

The Arts Festival shows off the very best of the school and the community around it. They had music, visual arts on display and workstations all over the school for students to get hands-on in creating art.

In the gym, guest artist Dwayne Szot from Wisconsin used a special roller rig to attach to students’ wheelchairs. Together they made a giant mural of colorful shapes. Outside, students were using similar rigs with sidewalk chalk to decorate the school driveway.

All through the halls, students were getting creative on pottery wheels, making sand art, playing music and more. It was a beautiful sight to behold.

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None of this would have been possible without the incredible community support behind Harris-Hillman. The parents and neighbors always show up in force. But the event could not have happened without fourth grade volunteers from Ensworth School. These students come several times a year to help out with school events, and Harris-Hillman principal Robbie Hampton said they are integral to the success of those events.

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Posted on April 9, 2013, in Schools, Students and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Harris-Hillman Special Education School is a hidden treasure in our great city of Nashville. This school is one that our community and Metro School system can be proud of. Inclusion is not the best education program for all students with special needs. Maybe our community needs a specialized school for students who have autism.

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  2. Harris Hillman is my son Randall Willis’s alma mater. I think that this is a wonderful project. BEAUTIFUL artwork.

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