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From left: Jerry J Ruiz, Academy director of Administration; Kathleen Doyle, Academy director of Programs; Stephen David Simon, executive director of the Los Angeles on Disability; Michael Dergar, Academy of Special Dreams founder and CEO; and Wendy Osawa, Academy Community board member.
The Academy of Special Dreams was recognized this year again for fulfilling its mission to “Bring Public Awareness and Recognition to our community with Disabilities in the Arts.”
An art exhibition, sponsored by the Academy of Special Dreams and the Los Angeles Department on Disability, took place on Oct. 5 and featured original paintings and other works of art by local artists and many other artists from the United States and Mexico. A reception took place on Oct. 26 to honor the participating artists in the exhibition. The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation awarded working artists grants to several nonprofit organizations in the Los Angeles area.
“We give many thanks to for giving us the opportunity of collaborating to make this Disability Art Exhibit 2017 an event of recognition and appreciation to the creative talents of artists with disabilities in our community,” said Michael Dergar, Academy of Special Dreams founder and CEO.
The Special Academy’s mission is to increase public awareness, recognition, and appreciation of the creative talents of people with disabilities by providing opportunities that encourage, promote, and showcase their artistic expressions. Please consider making a difference in the lives of artists with disabilities by the end of year by making a donation.
The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation is a tax-exempt IRC 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and as such, all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.