Over 19 students from the College are currently participating in the Buddy Art program, a weekly art session held at the James City County-Williamsburg Community Center, which gives special-needs children the chance to make art with students from the College.
Local artist and Buddy Art founder Karen Schwartz says the program allows children to break away from their ordinary routines of working with parents and teachers.
Schwartz created the program in 2008 to acknowledge the need for activities for disabled children. She modeled the art sessions after Buddy Baseball, a similar outreach program that gives special-needs children the opportunity to play baseball with students from the College.
The class rotates through five art stations that include activities such as finger painting, clay collage, drawing and stamping.