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HAS Collaboration to Create Musical Instruments for Special Needs Summer Camps

Posted 04/24/2013
Posted by David Isgur

The Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford and Mandell Jewish Community Center of Greater Hartford are collaborating to make and send handmade musical instruments to the Jordan River Village and Beit Uri summer camps. The art school students have designed and built the instruments and will join JCC high school volunteers and special needs children to do the finishing and decorating.

The event takes place on Sunday, April 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. From 1 to 2:15 p.m., the Hartford Art School and high school volunteers will be trained to work with special needs students; and from 2:15 to 4 p.m., the instruments will be assembled with the special needs children.

The handmade instruments include drums, large xylophones, glockenspiels, clackers, and shakers. 

The Jordan River Village was founded by Paul Newman and seeks to enrich the lives of Jewish, Muslim and Christian children (ages 9 to 18) in Israel, suffering from serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions, by creating free, fun-filled, memorable and medically safe, camping experiences.

Beit Uri is a residential home for about 120 mentally challenged people between the ages of 6 and 55. The home runs a special needs school for younger members, and for the adult community there are a variety of rehabilitation studios producing high-quality handicrafts.

For more information, contact the Mandell JCC at 860.236.4571 or Hartford Art School instructor Ryan Wolfe at