We already know 2015 is going to be a big year for our office. Before we get too far into it, we wanted to take a moment to look back on all we accomplished (and the fun we had!) in 2014.  Thanks to everyone near and far who made it such a great year and here’s to an even better 2015!

  1. 2014: The Year in Review, The Office of VSA and Accessibility
  2. Students at VSA Vermont participate in a drawing project as part of the VSA Arts Connect All Professional Development program
  3. Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference opening reception inside of the Shakespeare Theater in Chicago, IL.
  4. VSA International Young Soloist master class with Dame Evelyn Glennie
  5. VSA Emerging Young Artist Program winners during professional development workshops
  6. Participants during an exercise at the Viewpoints workshop with Michael Thornton
  7. VSA Playwright Discovery Program winners and playwright mentors posing together against the white marble of the Kennedy Center
  8. VSA International Young Soloist Winner Andrew Bambridge performing on the marimba at the Millennium Stage
  9. Artwork from the 2014 VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities exhibit at the U.S. Department of Education, titled I am home
  10. Participants at the 2014 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference
  11. VSA Playwright Discovery Program Millennium Stage Performance
  12. VSA Playwright Discovery Program winners pose in front of a quote by President John F. Kennedy etched into the white marble on the outside of the Kennedy Center
  13. VSA Iowa students learn about 3-D art through the VSA Arts Connect All Workshop Residency Program
  14. VSA Emerging Young Artists Program winners learn about presentation skills
  15. 2014 VSA International Young Soloists winners are performance ready and waiting outside on the terrace of the Kennedy Center
  16. Dame Evelyn Glennie coaches VSA International Young Soloists winner, pianist Evan Pensis
  17. Two of our presenters at the LEAD Conference participated via Beam Robot and mingled with other participants during a break
  18. Three of our VSA Playwright Discovery winners smiling after a successful Millennium Stage performance
  19. Sarah Burzio is trapped in our small conference room by all of the boxes of supplies we shipped to Chicago for the LEAD Conference
  20. A VSA New Jersey student having fun with some percussion toys during a VSA Arts Connect All Workshop Residency Program
  21. A formal portrait of all eight VSA Playwright Discovery Program winners on the red carpeted steps of the Opera House
  22. VSA International Young Soloists winner Mike Casey Jazz Trio performing on bass, drums, and saxophone at the Millennium Stage
  23. VSA International Young Soloists winner, pianist Evan Pensis, performing on the Millennium Stage
  24. Two of the VSA International Young Soloists strike a pre-performance pose
  25. The P.S. 177 Technology Band performs at the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the opening of the VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities exhibit VSA Emerging
  26. Artwork from the 2014 VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities exhibit at the U.S. Department of Education, titled Chicks
  27. Young Artists Program winners take time to pose for a picture during a break on the Kennedy Center’s roof top terrace
  28. The Atrium at the Kennedy Center lit up in blue, purple, and snowflakes for the staff holiday party!
  29. VSA Playwright Discovery winners take a bow after the Millennium Stage performances
  30. Students from a VSA Playwright Discovery winner’s school standing on the Millennium Stage after the performance
  31. Some of our many wonderful volunteers who format all of the Braille and large print programs for every performance at the Kennedy Center
  32. Rachael Nease feels the shapes of one of the many statues around the Kennedy Center while participating in our touch tour training
  33. VSA International Young Soloists winner, violinist Eliot Heaton performing on the Millennium Stage
  34. Imagination Stage participants in the VSA Children’s Visual Art Discovery Program are in New York City having small round table discussions
  35. VSA International Young Soloists panelists: (left to right) Stanford Thompson, Virginia Lum, Dame Evelyn Glennie, and Robert Baker
  36. Our office celebrating National Sunglasses Day outside with one of our security officers
  37. Theater Artist Michael Thornton leading a discussion with VSA Playwright Discovery Program winners during a Viewpoints workshop
  38. Captioning on the Go! One of our captioners at the LEAD conference shows off his home made portable captioning equipment
  39. VSA Massachusetts student playing the guitar while participating in the VSA Arts Connect All Workshop Residency Program
  40. Two attendees of the Intersections Conference participate in fun activity
  41. Sarah Burzio and Sarah Schoenfelder have a little fun during a moment of quiet at the LEAD Conference in Chicago, IL
  42. The ribbon cutting to open the VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities exhibit at the U.S. Department of Education
  43. One of our EEI Interns working hard at the Kennedy Center’s document center
  44. Our team posing after a successful Awards Dinner to end the LEAD 2014 Conference in Chicago, IL. Pictured: (left to right) Jessica Swanson, Sarah Schoenfelder, Betty Siegel, Joy Gardiner, Rachael Nease, Sarah Mitchell, and Sarah Burzio
  45. Artwork from the 2014 VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities exhibit at the U.S. Department of Education titled Beautiful Buildings on a Colorful Sky
  46. A student from Idaho parent Unlimited creates art while participating in the VSA Arts Connect All Workshop Residency Program
  47. Actors perform on the Millennium Stage during the VSA Playwright Discovery Program Performance.
  48. Delegates from countries throughout the Middle East tour the Kennedy Center to see the access features and programs offered in the building and to discuss education programs offered around the world.
  49. Intersections Conference attendees participate in a movement exercise
  50. VSA International Young Soloists winner, pianist Juna Gjata performs on the Millennium Stage
  51. Captioning on the jumbo-tron at National’s Park during Opera in the Outfield
  52. Attendees at the Intersections Conference participate in a role playing activity during one of their sessions
  53. Fall 2014 Experiential Education Initiative (EEI) Interns at the VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities exhibit opening at the U.S. Department of Justice
  54. Captioning The Magic Flute on the jumbo-tron at Nationals Park during Opera in the Outfield
  55. Four of VSA Emerging Young Artists winners pose for a picture on the Kennedy Center’s roof top terrace
  56. Betty driving a Beam robot around the Museum of Fine Art, San Francisco from the basement of the Kennedy Center
  57. Lissy Lovett presents with Henry Evans who is participating via Beam robot at LEAD 2014 in Chicago, IL
  58. Joy Gardiner and Sarah Schoenfelder are having way too much fun trying on Assistive Listening Devices in creative ways
  59. Students participating in the VSA Arts Connect All Workshop Residency Program during the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire Arts Festival
  60. Intersections Conference attendees receive instructions while participating in a session
  61. Artwork from the 2014 VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities exhibit at the U.S. Department of Education titled I Want to be a Football player and a Lawyer
  62. A group of students from Idaho parents Unlimited show off their colorful masks they created during a VSA Arts Connect All Workshop Residency Program
  63. A student at VSA California paints using natural materials during their VSA Arts Connect All Workshop Residency Program
  64. VSA Playwright Discovery Program winners participate in an activity during a Viewpoints workshop
  65. Students at Young Audiences of Massachusetts participate in a dancing activity as part of the VSA Arts Connect All Workshop Residency Program
  66. A student at Puget Sound ESD is excited to work on an art project during the VSA Arts Connect All Workshop Residency Program
  67. Most of the office of VSA and Accessibility take one more fun photo of on National Sunglasses Day! Pictured: (front row, left to right) McKenzie Midock, Betty Siegel, (back row, left to right) Rachael Nease, Stephanie Litvak, Joy Gardiner, Lisa Damico, Sarah Mitchell
  68. Thanks to everyone who made 2014 such a great year!
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2014: Year in Review

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