The mission of Special Olympics Connecticut's Unified Art Program, administered by CAS (the Connecticut Association of Schools) is to provide collaborative opportunities in the visual arts for school-aged children with and without intellectual disabilities. Each child is given the opportunity to develop artistically, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of their gifts as they create new friendships with peers and showcase their work in community settings.
The Unified Art Program provides a forum for positive social interaction between students with intellectual disabilities and those without disabilities. The artist partnership cultivates a greater understanding of oneself, and of others. Working collaboratively leads to new friendships, improved self-esteem and positive changes in attitude, behavior and performance. This program fosters an inclusive school community where the values of tolerance, patience, and sensitivity are cornerstones.
- Graphic Design
- Digital Media
This Program is presented through Special Olympics Connecticut’s partnership with the Connecticut Association of Schools. For more information and to get your school involved, please contact:
Unified Art Coordinator
Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS)
Special Olympics Connecticut
The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. The Unified Art program provides a forum for positive social interaction between students with intellectual disabilities and those without. The artist partnership cultivates a greater understanding of oneself, and of others. Working collaboratively leads to new friendships, improved self- esteem and positive changes in attitude, behavior and performance. The Unified Art program fosters an inclusive school community where the values of tolerance, patience and sensitivity are cornerstones.
We recommend that each participating school provide at least eight to ten Unified Art sessions per school year. Participating students will be paired in two person teams to create art work.
"I really love this experience. I love the happiness and joy that you feel when you enter the room. Everyone is kind and fun. ...No matter who you are or what your disabilities are, we are kind to each other and use our differences as an advantage. We have great imaginations. I love Unified Art!"
- Margit, Grade 7, Mystic Middle School
"Sophie and I made a drawing of a cartoon that looks like a tree. We each did one side of the picture. Sophie drew on the right and I did one on the left. Both of our drawings came together in the middle of the page connecting at the tree roots. Sophie wanted to add the swirls to the background to make it more colorful. Each side is different because we interpreted our own style of art. It was really fun doing this together, seeing two different minds that are alike."
- Sophie, Grade 9, Weston High School
"I learned so much about art, Chris, and my life. Chris sees the world through colorful eyes. I used his view to teach myself to use more vibrant colors and see the world with more colorful and open eyes."
- Student at Pomeraug High School
"I'll never forget the gift of having Becky as my partner."
- Student at Bristol Eastern High School