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Thirteen middle-school children from across Salem-Keizer Community Schools participated in the Joint Arts Show on Friday at Judson Secondary School in Salem.

The Joint Olympic Games are known for eliminating the feelings of people with intellectual disabilities by uniting athletes of all backgrounds. The same goal has been true for Judson’s annual Joint Art Camp – a basketball and football business for a paintbrush and piano.

Friday’s event, which served as the keystone for the three-day camp highlighting Vincent van Gogh, included artwork, songs, dances and lectures from students, all on the topic “For Love. ” Many teachers and families were seated in the school dining room as they applauded the actors.

“The purpose of the arts is not to make this final product show off to other people,” music coach Kandi West told the audience. “The goal of art is this journey, its experience, because you learn so much about yourself.

He added: “Music and movement allow us to hear and express things that you cannot express in words.”

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