VKC, TN Council on Developmental Disabilities co-host Breaking Ground at the VKC  art exhibit

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is collaborating with the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities to showcase its next art exhibit, “Breaking Ground at the VKC,” running through June 2017.

The VKC will exhibit original work and reproductions of art and poetry by and about Tennesseans with disabilities. Lane York serves as curator of the art exhibit. The same pieces are featured in the annual arts issue of Breaking Ground, the magazine of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.

“It’s always an exciting time around the Kennedy Center when new art is being prepared and hung in our lobby,” said Elise McMillan, J.D., co-director of the VKC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VKC UCEDD) and director of Community Engagement and Public Policy. “When conversation began about a potential collaboration with the DD Council in time for its annual Arts issue of Breaking Ground, it just seemed like a perfect fit.”

Art works in varied media are displayed as part of the exhibit, including photography, poetry, digitally-created pieces, pencil and ink drawings, and paintings.

“We are delighted that Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is showcasing art featured in our annual Arts Issue of Breaking Ground,” said Wanda Willis, executive director of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities. “The Council and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center have a long history of collaboration through initiatives like Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, TennesseeWorks, and the Tennessee Inclusive Higher Education Alliance.”

The Council will send the print version of The “Arts and Disabilities” issue to its mailing list in early to mid-February. For more information on Breaking Ground, including links to recent issues, click here.

The VKC began its Arts and Disabilities program in 1994 to highlight the talents of persons with disabilities. Art is displayed in the lobby of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/One Magnolia Circle Building, located on Vanderbilt University’s Peabody campus at 110 Magnolia Circle, Nashville. The art exhibit is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit http://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/vkc/services/artsanddisabilities/.

Lead Photo Caption: Untitled photograph, by Peri Gildersleeve

Elizabeth Turner is program coordinator for VKC Communications.

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