The Academy of Special Dreams

The Special Academy’s mission is to increase public awareness, recognition and appreciation of the creative talents of people with disabilities by providing opportunities that encourage, promote and showcase their artistic expressions.

Among the objectives of the Special Academy is to provide semi-annual web-based opportunities for the special needs community to express themselves in competitive short film and writing projects. All submissions from participants will be judged for creativity, uniqueness and originality by a panel of their peers and volunteers working with the special needs community.

The winners will be recognized and eligible for cash awards and scholarships. The Academy will also create and sustain an online community in which these projects can be shared with and appreciated year-round by everyone.

All projects must involve or be created by members of the special needs community and the Special Academy especially seeks artists with disabilities who need financial support to promote their artistic talents.

The Academy of Special Dreams does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), language, gender, gender expression, gender self identification, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities, events, social settings, including art exhibitions, competitions, presentations, events, fundraising activities and all community celebrations or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, collaboration with other institutions and local individuals and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive, equal and welcoming environment for all members of any community, our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, interns, and clients.

Administrative Board of Directors

Edgar O Garcia-Mora

Edgar O Garcia-Mora

 

Chair / Academy Fundraising Board Member

Rosemarie Valerio

Rosemarie Valerio

Administration

Wendy Osawa

Wendy Osawa

Community Board Member

Michael Dergar

Michael Dergar

President & CEO specialacademy@gmail.com

 

Jerry J. Ruiz

Jerry J. Ruiz

Director of Administration Jruizacademy@gmail.com

Advisory Board Members

Flavia S. Zúñiga-West

Flavia S. Zúñiga-West

Academy Curator

Patsy J. Loya

Patsy J. Loya

Community Board Member

Kathleen McKay

Kathleen McKay

Advisory Board Member

Academy Founders

Michael Dergar

Michael Dergar

President & CEO specialacademy@gmail.com

 

Jerry J. Ruiz

Jerry J. Ruiz

Director of Administration Jruizacademy@gmail.com

Elizabeth Woo

Elizabeth Woo

Co-Founder

Be part of Special Academy

Your support of the special needs community helps increase public awareness,
recognition and appreciation of the creative talents of people with disabilities by providing
opportunities to many Artists in your community.