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Grant Helps Bring Multi-Media Artist to DuBard School PDF Print E-mail
Friday, October 09, 2009
Contact Van Arnold, 601.266.5568   
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Renowned multi-media artist Tom Harmon will lend his skills to students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at the University of Southern Mississippi in a series of visits during the month of October.

Harmon is providing his services as an artist in residence through a VSA Arts of Mississippi grant. He will conduct art classes at the DuBard School from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 12, 15, 16, 19, 22 and 23.

“Mr. Harmon is truly an inspirational artist,” said Dr. Maureen Martin, director of the DuBard School. “His hearing loss did not stop him from accomplishing his goals and finding success. I hope his journey will inspire our students to follow their own dreams. We look forward to him sharing his gifts with us.”

Harmon, senior artist in residence for the VSA Arts of Mississippi Community Art Group, paints in watercolor, acrylics and oils. He also sculpts in clay. The Terry, Miss., resident discovered his passion for teaching students with disabilities while volunteering at the Mississippi School for the Deaf.

Although Harmon lost his hearing several years ago, he wears two cochlear implants that help restore his auditory function.

VSA Arts is an international non-profit organization founded 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. To learn more visit

The DuBard School was established in 1962 and serves as a clinical division of the Southern Miss Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The school, a United Way agency, serves children with severe language-speech disorders and/or hearing impairments and provides guidance and counseling for parents and families of the children. The school is a practicum site for university students majoring in speech-language pathology, audiology, or deaf education. To learn more visit

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