2012 Very Special Arts Festival a Success at SUNY Potsdam


L to R: Very Special Arts Festival coordinator Helen Bush recognizes Community Bank representatives Vicky Strader, VP and branch manager and Rita Walldroff, VP and retail banking manager.

The 2012 Very Special Arts Festival was recently held on the SUNY Potsdam campus in Maxcy Hall.

The festival has been an annual event since 1971. It is a daylong event for disabled children and adults from St. Lawrence, Franklin, Jefferson and Lewis counties. More than 500 special-needs public-school children and adults from area day-treatment facilities and ARCs, along with their teachers and supervisors, experience this opportunity to showcase their performance talents and their creativity in the arts.

This program is made possible only through donations from caring individuals and businesses in the North Country, as well as the volunteer efforts of the coordinators, college students and community members, and the generosity of College personnel who give of their time and effort to make the event possible.

Community Bank, N.A., was honored for making generous gifts in support of the festival for the past 19 years. The Potsdam Elks Club #2074 was also recognized for their second year of support.

Sponsors and donations allow participants to enjoy the day free of charge.

To keep track of the many community events offered throughout the year on SUNY Potsdam’s campus, visit www.potsdam.edu/community.

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.