A team of 20 CSX employees volunteered their time from May 12th through May 15th during the 20th Annual Very Special Arts (VSA) Festival in Jacksonville, FL. VSA provides life-changing experiences for thousands of individuals through art and music. During in the spring of each year, the VSA invites Jacksonville-area students with disabilities to visit the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for a festival. There, students have the opportunity to experience art through all of their senses.
Over the course of four days, nearly 1,800 children, 700 teachers and chaperones, and 1,300 volunteers filled the Museum to engage in art viewing in the galleries, movement and music in the gardens, and art-making activities throughout the entire museum. Students were able to participate in the creative process and to demonstrate their own artistic abilities.
Imaging Coordinator Sean Pozin led the CSX volunteer effort, with help from CSX’s Able Inclusion Group and the Public Affairs and Legal Team (PALT), both of which strongly support the disability community. The team of volunteers performed various tasks with and for students as they explored the Museum and created their own art pieces. This is the third year that CSX volunteers have participated.