Sharing Stories and New Experiences through the Creation of Audio Art

The Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle, Washington, has a long history of working with students with disabilities to create audio art in a variety of formats. The hands-on arts experiences they offer to students provide a way to share stories and create something new. Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz says students in both the organization’s … Continue reading Sharing Stories and New Experiences through the Creation of Audio Art

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Five Tips for Using the SMART I AM Approach for Inclusive Arts Integration

By A. Helene Robinson, Ed.D. I developed the SMART I AM approach, standing for Self-Managed, ART Integrated, Active Methods, from years of training practitioners in designing and implementing art integrated activities for students with varying exceptionalities and abilities. Since many students with disabilities have challenges with self-instruction, self-monitoring, and self-evaluation, utilizing methods that will increase … Continue reading Five Tips for Using the SMART I AM Approach for Inclusive Arts Integration

Meet the Winners of the 2018 VSA Emerging Young Artists Competition

Since 2002, the Kennedy Center and Volkswagen Group of America have teamed up for the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program, to recognize and showcase the work of emerging young artists living with disabilities, ages 16-25, who are currently residing in the United States. Detour, the 17th exhibition … Continue reading Meet the Winners of the 2018 VSA Emerging Young Artists Competition

2018 Kennedy Center LEAD® Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Award winners! The 2018 awardees will be honored during the LEAD® Conference on August 11 in Atlanta, GA. The LEAD® Awards recognize outstanding individuals and institutions whose leadership and work furthers the field of accessibility in the cultural arts. LEAD®’s specific goal … Continue reading 2018 Kennedy Center LEAD® Awards

Five Emerging Trends and Future Directions in Arts Education and Special Education

By Sharon M. Malley and Jean B. Crockett Learning from emerging trends and issues in arts education and special education can lead toward a common vision and a more promising future for students, schools, and communities. In the last chapter of our book, The Handbook of Arts Education and Special Education (published January 2018), we … Continue reading Five Emerging Trends and Future Directions in Arts Education and Special Education

Supporting Students with Disabilities in Rigorous Arts Programs

At the prestigious DeKalb School of the Arts in Avondale Estates, Georgia, students are held to high standards for both academic and arts learning. Attendance at the school means a full course load of academic classes and electives in a chosen artistic discipline, plus a demanding schedule of afterschool rehearsals and activities. But the rigors … Continue reading Supporting Students with Disabilities in Rigorous Arts Programs

Communication is Key to Effective Collaboration Between Arts Educators and Instructional Assistants

When working with students with disabilities, arts educators frequently encounter other adults in the classroom. Instructional assistants, also called paraprofessionals, work as part of the educational team and often focus on supporting students with disabilities. Will Houchin and Zoe Gelinas, both students in Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Master of Music in music education (autism concentration) … Continue reading Communication is Key to Effective Collaboration Between Arts Educators and Instructional Assistants

Classroom Comics

Classroom Comics: Reflecting on Teacher/Student Experience Through Comic Art Sunday, August 5 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA Presenter: Sunnylee Mowery This VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference workshop will explore the powerful potential that comic art has to reach and teach students with disabilities. The presentation portion of this session will … Continue reading Classroom Comics

Five Tips for Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology to Support the Art Making Processes of Nonverbal Students with Autism

By Maude Wiltshire The art classroom can be a welcoming and productive learning environment for nonverbal students with autism. But in order for every student to find success and joy in creating art, we must first equip art educators with the knowledge and tools necessary to support the art making process. These tips can help … Continue reading Five Tips for Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology to Support the Art Making Processes of Nonverbal Students with Autism