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Showcase for disabled artists

March 04, 2009|Associated Press

Artists with disabilities will convene from around the world in 2010 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington for the largest-ever showcase of their work, the center announced Tuesday.

The festival will feature appearances by Claire Danes, Marlee Matlin and comedian Brett Leake -- who appears regularly on PBS -- as well as theater, musical acts and an art exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution to mark the center's 2009-10 season. It also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Organizers said they hoped the International VSA arts Festival in June 2010 can change perceptions of disabilities by highlighting what people can accomplish, despite their challenges.

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