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VSA and CVS Caremark Announce 2012 Annual All Kids Can CREATE Exhibition featuring

Artwork from Children of All Abilities Representing Each State to Debut at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library

Published 06-05-12

Submitted by CVS Health

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability and an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, along with CVS Caremark All Kids Can, have announced the 102 students of all abilities that will be featured in the 2012 All Kids Can CREATE exhibition “What Inspires Me.”  All Kids Can CREATE is an annual national program from which artwork submitted by students, ages 5-15, is selected to represent each state and the District of Columbia for a national art exhibition.  This year, All Kids Can CREATE invited young people with and without disabilities to submit a piece of artwork under the theme, “What Inspires Me,” to encourage youth to reflect on what inspires them and express those inspirations through original art.   

More than 3,000 students across the country submitted artwork for consideration. Two students from each state and the District of Columbia have been selected to participate in the exhibition.  All of the artwork submitted this year is featured in an online gallery at

“CVS Caremark is proud to collaborate with VSA for the fifth year on All Kids Can CREATE, the only visual arts program of its kind that raises awareness in schools and in local communities about the importance of inclusion,” said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president of Corporate Communications & Community Relations for CVS Caremark.  “This program encourages children with and without disabilities to express themselves and fosters creativity, self-esteem and confidence through art and showcases the positive impact arts education can have on children of all abilities.”

“We are happy to recognize and support this diverse group of talented young artists,” said Betty Siegel, director of VSA and Accessibility at the Kennedy Center.  “Programs like this are crucial for promoting inclusive arts education opportunities.”

Ten students representing the diversity of talent, creativity and abilities from across the nation will travel courtesy of VSA and CVS Caremark to Washington, D.C. for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony when the 2012 All Kids Can CREATE exhibition debuts at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.

The ten students are: Mallory Brooks, Age 12 of Indianapolis, Indiana; Summer Corry, Age 13 of Honolulu, Hawaii; Lydia England, Age 9 of Dallas, Texas; Mason Hardin, Age 15 of Columbus, Georgia;  Joanna Jarvis, Age 10 of Walkertown, North Carolina; Kira Marlow, Age 15 of Batavia, Illinois; Justin McQuiston, Age 14 of Williston, Vermont;  Mmesoma Oticha, Age 5 of Tucson, Arizona; Joao Rosario, Age 12 of Warwick, Rhode Island; and Shani Summers, Age 14 of Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Additionally, teachers with participating students were invited to submit essays on the importance of arts education and inclusive teaching.  Lea Elder of Pinon, Arizona; Eiko Fan of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Jamie Richardson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Lauren Smith of Pemberville, Ohio, were recognized for their essays and will each receive a $1,500 grant to be used for classroom supplies.

“What Inspires Me” is part of VSA and CVS Caremark’s All Kids Can CREATE campaign that encourages learning and community engagement through artistic expression.  The program includes the Call for Art, artist-in-residence programs in schools and community events that expand access and learning through the arts for students with disabilities.  CVS Caremark colleagues also participate in the program through volunteer activities that engage their communities and/or schools in building inclusive environments.

The work chosen for this year’s exhibition was selected by a jury of VSA staff and visual arts professionals, including Michael Gettings, the art specialist for Henrico County Public Schools in Virginia and 2010 Virginia Arts Educator of the Year; and Lisa Marie Ryder, Manager of the Museum Without Walls at the National Children’s Museum.  The 2012 All Kids Can CREATE exhibit will be on display at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library from August 1-26, 2012.

A full list of 102 students can be found below, and more information is available upon request:


Garrett, age 11
Ewan, age 7
Breanna, age 9
Florence, Alabama
Harpswell, Maine
New Milford, Pennsylvania

Sarah, age 14
Max, age 14
Morgan, age 8
Auburn, Alabama
Harpswell, Maine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Joshua, age 12
Allison, age 9
Jamal, age 10
White Mountain, AlaskaBaltimore, Maryland
Warwick, Rhode Island

Rayna, age 14
Eric, age 5
Joao, age 12
White Mountain, AlaskaAnnapolis, Maryland
Warwick, Rhode Island

John, age 13
Darius, age 12
Hayes, age 12
Scottsdale, Arizona
Dorchester, MassachusettsColumbia, South Carolina

Mmesoma, age 5
Ethan, age 8
Juan, age 11
Tucson, Arizona
Gloucester, MassachusettsGreer, South Carolina

Brendan, age 8
Ali, age 12
Dayvahj, age 5
Stuttgart, Arkansas
Dearborn, Michigan
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Robin, age 8
Kameron, age 8
Jack, age 11
Little Rock, Arkansas
Detroit, Michigan
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Cole, age 14
Melisse, age 7
Ben, age 14
Clovis, California
Little Falls, MinnesotaKnoxville, Tennessee

Jazmin, age 9
Shawnae, age 11
Jalyn, age 9
Lompoc, California
East Grand Forks, MinnesotaSweetwater, Tennessee

Caitlin, age 10
Day Jonae, age 13
Lydia, age 9
Denver, Colorado
Tupelo, Mississippi
Dallas, Texas

Lily, age 10
Trevor, age 7
Madison, age 6
Denver, Colorado
Waveland, MississippiSan Antonio, Texas

Madeline, age 11
Sal, age 15
Julius, age 12
Oxford, Connecticut
Lathrop, Missouri
Salt Lake City, Utah

Tramia, age 8
Zoe, age 9
Sarah, age 12
Cape Giardeau, MissouriSalt Lake City, Utah
Oxford, Connecticut
Colleen, age 13

Grass Range, MontanaJustin, age 14
Brant, age 9

Williston, Vermont
Camden, Delaware
Jordan, age 13

Grass Range, MontanaShayanne, age 11
Micah, age 9

Randolph, Vermont
Camden, Delaware
Bradley, age 10

Omaha, Nebraska
Sissy, age 8
Paul, age 15

Gainesville, Virginia
District of Columbia
Brian, age 14

Terrance, age 12
Omaha, Nebraska
Xander, age 8
District of Columbia

Appomattox, Virginia

Haylee, age 11

Lauren, age 13
Reno, Nevada
Cole, age 9
Clearwater, Florida

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Joseph, age 12

Noel, age 14
Reno, Nevada
Noelle, age 13
Melbourne, Florida

Mukilteo, Washington

C.J., age 8
Colt, age 9
Alex, age 9
Henniker, New HampshireWayne, West Virginia
Rydal, Georgia

Marcus, age 12
Josh, age 14
Mason, age 15
Keene, New HampshireQuinwood, West Virginia
Columbus, Georgia

Emmanuel, age 15
Haley, age 15
Shani, age 14
Newark, New Jersey
Omro, Wisconsin
Honolulu, Hawaii

Kailee, age 8
Jonah, age 10
Summer, age 13
Vienna, New Jersey
Kimberly, Wisconsin
Honolulu, Hawaii

Emannie, age 9
Li, age 10
Audrey, age 9
Albuquerque, New MexicoLander, Wyoming
Boise, Idaho

Sean, age 13
Shane, age 10
Drew, age 12
Abuquerque, New MexicoLander, Wyoming
Boise, Idaho

Luis, age 10
Abigail, age 7
Grace, age 6
Bronx, New York
Moore, Oklahoma
Chicago, Illinois

Taryn, age 10
Dalex, age 10
Kira, age 15
Staten Island, New YorkMoore, Oklahoma
Batavia, Illinois

Hamel, age 14
McKenzie, age 10
Ernesto, age 12
Cary, North Carolina
Coos Bay, Oregon
Indianapolis, Indiana

Joanna, age 10
Steven, age 11
Mallory, age 12
Pine Hall, North CarolinaCoos Bay, Oregon
Indianapolis, Indiana

Brynn, age 11
Xavier, age 9
Camden, age 8
Bismarck, North DakotaTopeka, Kansas
Denver, Iowa

Brooke, age 7

Kayla, age 15
Shelbyville, Kentucky
Samuel, age 9
Bismarck, North Dakota

Denver, Iowa

Cesar, age 13

Dakota, age 8
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Rachel, age 13
Hicksville, Ohio

Gardner, Kansas

Derek, age 15

Heaven, age 8
West Monroe, Louisiana
Jared, age 9
Columbus, Ohio

Prarieville, Louisiana

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