Partnership with Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and schools inspires students

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A program involving a partnership between the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and Virginia Beach Public Schools is inspiring students who’ve never experienced anything like what the museum has to offer. 

“For any student, whether they are disabled or non disabled, where they get different experiences, where they may not have had exposure like that before, it just kind of opens up their eyes up to the possibilities,” said Princess Anne High School Special Education Program Coordinator Wayne Varney. 

10 On Your Side’s Laura Caso took the field trip to MOCA with students from Princess Anne High School to explore the world of art. 

10th grade student Jarale Hewlett commented on one of the exhibits during the tour. “The colors are nice, really nice, the yellow and pink and looks like a rainbow.” 

Benjamin Cohen helped create the program with his mother, in which students from several Virginia Beach Public Schools make regular visits to MOCA.  His reason for doing so is personal. “I myself am a special needs parent and watched my child’s progress throughout the Virginia Beach Public School System,” he said. 

Cohen got tears in his eyes when he spoke about the impact this program has on children. “It’s neat to see kids open up, a little more than they otherwise might get the chance. Sorry, it’s OK. I didn’t expect that,” he said.

Monday on WAVY News 10 Today on Fox 43 starting at 7 a.m., find out what will help extend the program into next school year and who else will be involved. 

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