Sydney Festival 2020 launches Disability Programming Initiative

Every January, Australia’s Sydney Festival brings a cultural celebration to the city of Sydney, with music, dance, theater, visual arts, public installations, online events, and everything in between. For the 2020 program, festival leaders have partnered with Accessible Arts to invite artists with disabilities or who are deaf to pitch projects for production. Festival organizers … Continue reading Sydney Festival 2020 launches Disability Programming Initiative

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Previewing the VSA Intersections: Regional Arts and Special Education Conference in New Orleans — An Interview with Elise Gallinot Goldman and J. Célèste Kee

In this article, two New Orleans area arts education leaders share their knowledge and experience building partnerships to create arts-rich schools and connect students to the local culture and arts community. J. Célèste Kee is the Director of the New Orleans Arts Education Alliance (NOAEA), and Elise Gallinot Goldman is the Executive Director of KID … Continue reading Previewing the VSA Intersections: Regional Arts and Special Education Conference in New Orleans — An Interview with Elise Gallinot Goldman and J. Célèste Kee

National Disability Theatre Launches with Ambitious Goals for Inclusion in American Theater

In December, a group of prominent theater artists with disabilities announced the launch of a new professional company, employing only professionals with disabilities to create fully accessible theater. National Disability Theatre (NDT) says its mission is not only to create world-class theater productions, but also to “change social policy and the nation’s narrative about what … Continue reading National Disability Theatre Launches with Ambitious Goals for Inclusion in American Theater

Making Museum Education Accessible: An Interview with Abigail Diaz

Abigail Diaz, Director of Education at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, won a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts LEAD Award for Emerging Leaders last year for her work on field trips at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. “For me, accessibility means total physical, cognitive and social access to learning and engagement. … Continue reading Making Museum Education Accessible: An Interview with Abigail Diaz

Creative Teaching PD Call for Participants

Call for Participant School Districts Arts-Based Creative Teaching Strategies Professional Development for Special Education Teachers Application Deadline: March 20, 2019 A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program The Office of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts The Kennedy Center Office of VSA and Accessibility is seeking school … Continue reading Creative Teaching PD Call for Participants

Six Tips for Creating a Winning Script for the 2019 VSA Playwright Discovery Program

Do you know a budding playwright or screenwriter? The 2019 VSA Playwright Discovery Program is accepting applications until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, January 23. Before your students apply online, encourage them to consider the following tips for creating a winning script. 1. Address the topic of disability in a meaningful way. Be thoughtful … Continue reading Six Tips for Creating a Winning Script for the 2019 VSA Playwright Discovery Program

VSA Network Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Around the world and across the VSA Network, communities celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on December 3, 2018, with special events, performances, and exhibitions. The following celebrations, planned by members of the VSA Network, offer a glimpse into the diversity and breadth of programming throughout this community. Access Gallery dedicated its first … Continue reading VSA Network Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Five Tips for Using Art and Yoga in the Classroom

By Meghan Lally Keaton Both yoga and art share the ability to enhance the mind-body connection, and incorporating yoga into the art classroom offers many benefits for students and teachers, particularly students with disabilities. Yoga provides opportunities to move the body, connect with our breath, and settle our thoughts. Art offers an opportunity to explore … Continue reading Five Tips for Using Art and Yoga in the Classroom

5 reasons to attend the VSA Intersections: Regional Arts and Special Education Conference

Looking for a reason to join us next month in Columbus, Ohio at the VSA Intersections: Regional Arts and Special Education Conference? We can think of lots, but here are 5 of our favorites! Be a part of Kennedy Center history! Next month’s gathering marks the first-ever regional VSA Intersections conference, and kicks off an … Continue reading 5 reasons to attend the VSA Intersections: Regional Arts and Special Education Conference

VSA Emerging Young Artists Award Winner Reflects on His Experience

Rowan Di Ioia was encouraged to apply for the 2017 VSA Emerging Young Artists Competition by a teacher at California College of the Arts, who told him, “I know you will win!” Di Ioia, a furniture designer who entered a hanging piece entitled Teardrop Cabinet, says, “…the next thing I know, I was at the … Continue reading VSA Emerging Young Artists Award Winner Reflects on His Experience