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Very Special Arts Festival (1985)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985-05-12

Duration: 00:10:26

Subjects: Children with disabilities | Special Education | Art festivals | Arts in education | Southern University Marching Band


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Clausen, Tom Speaker
  • Clausen, Gale Interviewee
  • Malveaux, Mazie Interviewee


This segment from the May 12, 1985, episode of the series “Folks” features Rob Hinton’s visit to the 9th Annual Louisiana Very Special Arts Festival in Baton Rouge, a program that integrates arts into the education of disabled children around the state. Hinton interviews: Gale Clausen, the honorary chairperson and wife of Superintendent of Education Tom Clausen; Mazie Malveaux of Special Education Services; and Dimples the Clown. This report also features highlights from the performances of the South Baton Rouge Community Dance Theater, the Southern University Marching Band and cheerleaders, and Kenneth Mack of Natchitoches Parish.