This year's Very Special Art Show to benefit the Sunshine School and Development Center will take on a new look "to prioritize the health and safety of our students, clients, staff and the community," organizers say.
The show will feature an online auction with a wine pull and artwork created by the students and adults of the school in Bentonville. Brad Bedwell, senior buying manager for preschool toys with Walmart, serves as honorary chairman for the fundraiser.
Bidding opens at 8 a.m. Nov. 9 and will conclude at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at artshow2020.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse
The nonprofit organization founded in 1958 offers a therapeutic preschool for children ages 18 months to 5 years who have developmental delays or disabilities. The center also serves school-age children with outpatient therapies and provides community support for adults with disabilities in Benton and Washington counties. Offerings include independent supported living, case management and autism waiver. Six weekend retreats are planned for special needs clients at locations that include Roaring River State Park in Missouri, Eureka Springs, Arkansas Baptist Assembly in Siloam Springs and Mount Sequoyah Assembly in Fayetteville. The retreats offer the clients' families respite for what is sometimes 24-hour care.
The school implemented the Arkansas Autism Waiver Program in 2013 to provide early intervention for children diagnosed with autism from ages 2 to 7. The program is designed to provide intensive therapy early, with an emphasis on parental involvement. Earlier intervention and the start of therapies such as occupational, physical and speech-language therapies, are providing better outcomes for students.
-- CARIN SCHOPPMEYER
A Very Special Art Show
Who: Sunshine School and Development Center
What: Online art show and auction with wine pull
When: 8 a.m. Nov. 9-7 p.m. Nov. 12
Information: (479) 636-4587 or nwasunshineschool.org