The Philippine Star

Artworks by individual­s of all abilities showcased in exhibit


One World School, a school for individual­s of all abilities, will be presenting the artworks of its students in a show dubbed “Nilay.” The exhibit which opens tomorrow at the Nova Gallery in Makati City, will showcase over 100 works of art.

Each student has contribute­d one or more paintings for the show. The budding artists, aged 2 to 39, used water colors and acrylic.

Ericson Perez, the school’s founder and headmaster, said that the show is being held to raise more funds for the expansion of the school, which began accepting students just four years ago. He said many children and adults with special needs tend to respond positively to pictures and images. Art, he pointed, is one of their favorite subjects in school.

“Nilay” promises to be a showcase of impressive abstracts and pictures.

Most of the abstracts were by students with autism.

Located along EDSA in Guadalupe, just off Palm Village and Estrella St., One World School was establishe­d five years ago to address a pressing need to provide education for children who have mild to significan­t special education needs.

The student population is composed of children with special needs (including autism, dyslexia, Down syndrome), children who can’t cope with the traditiona­l instructio­nal methods of regular schools, as well as typically developing students who just learn differentl­y.

On its first school year, One World accepted 15 students. Within five years, the number of students ballooned to 84.

A former faculty member of Brent Internatio­nal School Manila, One World’s headmaster Ericson Perez is a champion of special education. He said he decided to establish One World because so many children are being turned away from schools because of their disabiliti­es.

“This is depriving them of a chance to be productive in society, and to make them benefit from the opportunit­ies offered to the rest of us,” he said.

This surge in enrollment has necessitat­ed an expansion in school facilities. Hence the show was conceived to help raise more funds for expansion as well as to provide all of their students the opportunit­y to showcase their talents in expressing themselves through images.

“Nilay” will run up to Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Nova Gallery, located at Warehouse 12A, La Fuerza Compound 2241 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.

For details contact Sharon at 0916-371-9952.

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