The First International Very Special Arts Festival was held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in June of 1989. A television special of the event, bearing the preface title "From the Heart... ", aired on NBC on September 10.[1]

Jim Henson appeared with Kermit the Frog to sing "Bein' Green" with "Kerm-2," a frog puppet built and performed by Terry Angus. Henson collaborators Larry Grossman and Buz Kohan won a Primetime Emmy Award for music and lyrics on the special.

The inaugural event was hosted by George H. W. Bush, and also featured performances by Kenny Rogers, Melissa Manchester, Crystal Gayle, and Lauren Bacall.


  1. O'Connor, John J. "TV Weekend; Showing Off the Very Special Arts of the Disabled" The New York Times. September 8, 1989.

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