On Monday, students in Spokane Community College’s People Accessing Careers and Education program will bring a mix of singing, dancing, spoken word, acting and music to the Lair Auditorium stage as part of the fifth annual PACE Has Got Talent showcase.
The showcase is the culmination of the class of the same name, which uses the arts to teach students with intellectual/developmental and/or psychiatric disabilities social and employment skills like teamwork and stress and time management.
PACE Has Got Talent came to be after a small talent show instructor Judy Mandeville held with students in her Life Skills Through the Arts class.
“I don’t know of another course like this, where it serves folks with disabilities after the high school mandate utilizing the arts in such a rigorous and comprehensive way,” Mandeville told the Spokesman-Review last June. “We’re really proud of this, not only the course but especially the students.”
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