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

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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

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