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    CIDA’s Very Special Art Festival is open to all visual artists under the age of 30, from novices to professionals. The aim of the festival is to foster inclusion opportunities for children and young adults with disabilities through creative art activities and to promote diversity and acceptance within the community. The Very Special Art Festival is held every year in Fall. Call 718-224-8197 for more information.

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    Very Special Art Festival 2020
    Dreaming Together

    Join us for our 5th annual ‘Very Special Art Festival’ and to celebrate the creativity in all of us!

    This year, our most beloved event is going virtual due to Covid-19 with the theme of Dreaming Together. As we dream to be together again, we invite you to express your visions, dreams, and aspirations of our future together.

    CIDA’s Art Festival began with the hope and vision of our members to create an opportunity for people with disabilities and diverse members of the community to become one through art. We are excited to bring everyone together virtually, especially during this pandemic when our hopes and visions are ever more important.

    The Very Special Art Festival 2020 will be held in two parts: 1.) an art contest and 2.) a virtual ceremony on December 17 at 7:30 pm. We hope you will join us!

    Very Special Art Contest

    Art Contest Summary

    1. Art Festival Timeline

    Online Art Contest

    • Registration Period: October 22 – November 23, 2020
    • Submission Deadline: 12 pm December 1 (Tuesday), 2020
    • Awardee Announcement: December 7, 2020 (Please check CIDA website)

    Award Ceremony & Celebration

    • Date & Time: 7:30pm December 17, 2020
    • Place: Virtual Venue (Link will be sent to you)

    Virtual Gallery Exhibition

    • Exhibition Period: December 17, 2020 – December 17, 2021

    2. How to Participate

    Registration

    • Art Theme: Dreaming Together
    • Eligibility: Persons and children with disabilities (ANYONE above age 5), siblings and family members of persons/children with disabilities.
    • Entry Fee: $10 per contestant (Ticket includes one art contest entry, a raffle ticket ($5 Value) and Gala admission ($20 value)

    Submission Instruction

    • Art Dimensions: Any flat media (paper or canvas) that does not exceed 12” x 18”.
    • Medium: Any medium (pastel, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, crayon etc.) is acceptable.
    • How to submit: After registering, you will receive an email address. Submit a photo of the art via the email.

    3. Awards

    Awardees

    • Very Special Art Award (1st Place) and 12 other Awards (See 2019 List)
    • Very Special Art Award recipient will receive $500 scholarship.

    Important Things to Remember

    • Submitted work must cover a given topic
    • All submitted art photos will be exhibited in the Virtual Gallery
    • Make sure to align the vertical and horizontal alignment correctly so that the work does not get distorted.
    • Do not edit the image by using apps or programs
    • Artwork must be the artist’s original work. Works that are unique to the unpublished author and do not infringe on other property rights.
    • The submissions that do not follow above rule will be disqualified from the contest.

    Very Special Art Contest

    Registration Deadline November 23
    Register

    Virtual Festival & Award Ceremony

    RSVP Deadline December 15
    Register

    We proudly announce these artists with endless POSSIBILITIES

    Very Special Art Award

    Julia Lee

    Very Special Artist Award

    Samuel Ho

    Ahra Sung

    Circle of Family Award

    Danielle Kim

    Joon Sang Yoon

    Isaac Jeong

    Arnold Lee

    Artist on Horizon Award

    Tiffany To

    Jisu Lee

    Hyeran Byun

    Jay Choi

    Joseph Hong

    Juliana Jo

    Special thanks to

    Judges/Panel

    Korean-New York Artist Association

    Youngchil Cho, President of Korean-New York Artist Association

    Mikyoung Yun, Hyo Bin Kwon, Dong In Yun, Kate Oh, Jin Hwan Cho

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    Very Special Art Award

    Wilfree Kim

    Very Special Artist Award

    Emily Cho

    Junsoo Lee

    Circle of Family Award

    Tiffany To

    David Chung

    Jongnam Kim

    William Choe

    Artist on Horizon Award

    Daniella Kim

    Benjamin Park

    Joseph Hong

    Hussein Yacob

    Special thanks to

    Judges/Panel

    Korean-New York Artist Association

    Youngchil Cho, President of Korean-New York Artist Association

    Hyo Bin Kwan, Kate Oh Trabulsi, Kim Hwan Cho, Saneun Hwang

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    Very Special Art Award

    Charles Lee

    Very Special Artist Award

    Juhee Julia Lee

    Jason Fallis

    Circle of Family Award

    Alex Kwak

    Brian Jang

    Daniel Jang

    Joseph Lee

    Honorary Mentions

    Goune Kwak

    Joseph Hong

    SooJeong Han

    William Chae

    Olivia Kim

    Special thanks to

    Judges/Panel

    Korean-New York Artist Association

    Mi Kyoung Yun, President of Korean-New York Artist Association

    Dongin Yun, Judging Committee Chair

    Hyo Bin Kwan, Kate Oh Trabulsi, Sun Sook Kim, Hwa Soo Hwang & Kyung Tae Min

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    Our Very First, Very Special and Very Brave Challenge!

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    Celebrating Unique Talents
    Everyone is included!
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