The Jewish Children’s Museum provided exhibit space on Sunday to local Brooklyn artists and talented special needs children who show a flare for art.

Over the past several months, the artists conducted workshops at the museum for the children to help develop their creative gifts.


The results – which have “empowered” the proteges – were displayed at a special gallery and auction on America’s “Mother’s Day,” May 10, said Joseph Sprung, chairman and founder of Bear Givers Foundation, the group that partnered with the Friendship Circle of Brooklyn.

“Art is art, no matter who creates it,” Sprung observed.

No one was happier about Sprung’s willingness to partner with the group than the Friendship Circle.

“It is mesmerizing to see how these individuals with special needs produce such interesting works of art,” said Chana Sharfstein, author of “Dignified Differences: A Special Soul.” The book is a memoir of her autistic daughter’s life.

“How my daughter would have benefited from such programs,” she told in an interview. “But as a member of the pioneering generation of special children in my Jewish community, I am delighted that a new generation will have opportunities of inclusion through the activities of the Friendship Circle.”


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