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

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Office of VSA and Accessibility Seeks Social Media Contractor

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Office of VSA and Accessibility is seeking a social media contractor to manager our two Twitter accounts, two Instagram accounts, two Facebook accounts, Youtube account and Pinterest account.  The purpose of our social media accounts are to highlight insightful trends, topical issues and best practices in … Continue reading Office of VSA and Accessibility Seeks Social Media Contractor

Call for Experiential Education Initiative Interns

Established in 2000, the innovative Experiential Education Initiative (EEI) Internship is a semester-long, paid internship for individuals with intellectual disabilities, 19 to 30 years of age. The program also provides access to cultural arts experiences at the Kennedy Center, opportunities for social and personal growth, and develops work-readiness skills for success in transition to the … Continue reading Call for Experiential Education Initiative Interns

Asheville Art Museum Offers Valuable Career Development Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities

The Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, North Carolina, offers university and high school students with disabilities the opportunity to explore careers in the arts, arts management, and arts education through its inclusive internship program. The internships, which last between three and six months, teach interns professional and life skills that help prepare them for future … Continue reading Asheville Art Museum Offers Valuable Career Development Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities

Five Tips for Developing Longevity for Youth-Arts-Job Skills Programs

By Gayle Holtman and Linda Wisler, ArtMix, Inc. How can we help youth with disabilities successfully transition from school to the community? In Indiana, ArtMix, Inc. answers this question by providing Urban Artisans, a job readiness program in its 18th year that transforms the learning environment by using an inclusive, contemporary craft studio model. The … Continue reading Five Tips for Developing Longevity for Youth-Arts-Job Skills Programs

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

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