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01-035
For Release: May 2, 2001

Katherine K. Martin/Lori Rachul
Media Relations Office
NASA Glenn Research Center
(216)433-2406/(216)433-8806

Lula Holt-Robertson
Cuyahoga county board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
(216)736-2691


NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:

Very Special Arts Plans 2001 Birthday Bash

More than 1,000 children and adults, including those with disabilities, will visit NASA Glenn Research Center on Friday, May 4 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. to have fun as well as learn at this year's Very Special Arts Festival (VSA). Attendees from the Greater Cleveland area will take part in a day of energizing, hands-on activities, performances and exhibits.

This year's theme, "2001 VSA Birthday Bash" centers around the 20th anniversary of VSA in the Cleveland area. This is a doubly appropriate theme, as NASA Glenn is also celebrating its "birthday"-its 60th year as a premier research facility in Cleveland.

VSA Bash attendees will participate in over 25 activities that include making puppets, painting faces, eating space ice cream and coming up with dance presentations.

Glenn is hosting the event in cooperation with VSA of Ohio-Cleveland Area, the Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and the Cuyahoga Special Education Service Center in an effort to bring the arts, science and space to life.

VSA is a national organization and an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Its mission is to assure that individuals with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in programs that demonstrate the value of the arts in the lives of all individuals and to provide opportunities for the integration of people with disabilities into society. VSA strives to nurture and stimulate the creative potential of persons with disabilities and to highlight their accomplishments.

Media representatives interested in attending any of the activities are requested to call Katherine Martin 216/433-2406 or the Media Relations Office 216/433-2901 in order to be cleared through security.

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