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Bruce Gillespie Art Day at The University of Hartford

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Bruce Gillespie Art Day at The University of Hartford

  • University of Hartford 200 Bloomfield Avenue West Hartford, CT, 06117 United States (map)

The University of Hartford is devoting an entire day to the topic of special education and art on Thursday, Sept. 6. Bruce Gillespie, a Connecticut artist with Down syndrome, will be on campus along with his mentor, retired special education teacher Samuel Goldenberg. The series of events includes the opportunity to see Gillespie create new work, watch a video about special education and art, view an exhibition of Gillespie’s work, and attend a panel discussion on the important role art plays in special education. 

EVENTS

12:30 p.m
Meet the artist
 Bruce Gillespie and see him create artwork on site. This will be followed by a showing of Divine Musings: The Art of Bruce Gillespie, a special education and art video Samuel Goldenberg will then lead a discussion on the arts and special education. 
Location: Shaw Center, Hillyer Hall, University of Hartford

2-5:30 p.m.
View an exhibition
 of Gillespie’s work, Ten Commandments.    
Location: Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, Harry Jack Gray Center

 7:30 p.m.
Special Education and Art panel discussion
 moderated by Samuel Goldenberg, Panelists:  Tim Fiorentino, Arc Connecticut board president, whose son Dan is an artist with Down syndrome, and UHart Associate Professor of Special Education Sheetal Sood. 
Location: Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, Harry Jack Gray Center

The events are sponsored by the University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, Hillyer College, and the National Down Syndrome Society.