I owe a great debt to the Kennedy clan. Through the far-sighted initiative of Ambassador Jean K. Smith, my association with the group she founded, VSA arts, has enriched my life in many, many ways. Ted Kennedy Jr. received a painting of mine as his first Father's Day gift from William K. Smith who bought it from me during a trip to Washington D.C. I was interviewed by Kara Kennedy at the 1994 Festival in Brussels.
|Senator Ted Kennedy gave a speech at Princeton University in 1987 on the subject of arts education for the very young. My presentation for Start with the Arts, an initiative with VSA arts, consisted of a slide presentation and demonstration of my painting by portrait-painting the guests.|
| Eunice Shriver and I crossed paths twice. She complimented me on my dance moves during a workshop at the Kennedy Center at the 1989 Festival.
During a layover at Chicago's O'Hare Airport we were both being escorted through and we shared conversation while waiting for elevators.
|With Wm. K. Smith at the 2010 International VSA Festival in WA DC|