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 ambitious year of programming that takes VSA Intersections from Columbus, OH to New Orleans, LA and Irvine, CA. It’s an exciting year of “firsts” for the Special Education team: our first events in three new cities across the country, the first regional gatherings, and the first national VSA Intersections conference at its new time of year, late fall. When you join us in Columbus, OH, you become a part of this new chapter in our history.


Connect your work to local, regional, and national communities of practice.

Regional conferences aren’t just a chance to bring the professional learning opportunities offered through VSA Intersections to a new city, they’re a chance to highlight great work already being done across the country. Columbus, OH and the surrounding region is home to a robust arts and special education community. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with leading professionals and experts from the area, including leaders from VSA Ohio—a planning partner for next month’s event—the Ohio Department of Education, Dancing Wheels Company and School, and higher education institutions like Kent State and the Pennsylvania State University. We’ll also be joined by national experts who have led highly-rated sessions at past VSA Intersections Conferences.  Whether you are joining us from the Ohio region or from elsewhere in the country, this offers you a singular opportunity to consider how your personal work connects to ongoing efforts at the local and national levels to further arts learning for students with disabilities.


Experience all our host city of Columbus, OH has to offer!

Ohio’s state slogan is “So Much to Discover” and the capital city of Columbus won’t disappoint! Even better, the VSA Intersections conference has built in opportunities to get you out into the community exploring this exciting city. Friday’s welcome reception is at Latitude 41, the New American eatery at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown hotel—just a stone’s throw from the State House and a short trek from the German Village, the Brewery District, and Columbus’s vibrant arts scene. On Saturday, your workshops will be at the Columbus College of Art & Design, home to beautiful student art galleries and next door to the Columbus Museum of Art. Planning to make a weekend out of it? Don’t forget to check out the other ways you can Experience Columbus.


Build relationships with other educators who share your commitment to arts learning for students with disabilities.

The Office of VSA and Accessibility approaches our arts and special education work through an equity lens, guided by the belief that access to arts learning for students with disabilities is indeed an issue of civil and human rights. The professionals who join us each year at VSA Intersections share in this belief, and help ensure that across the country students with disabilities are included in high-quality learning in and through the arts. We hear time and again that networking with others is one of the highlights of VSA Intersections and that getting to know other like-minded arts and special educators helps our attendees return to their own schools feeling less alone in this work. When you join us next month, you join movement to change the field of arts education for students with disabilities.


Get a mid-year boost of inspiration—and tools you can implement in your classrooms immediately.

The end of the year is a rush with holiday concerts and art shows, final exams, and other tasks to get our students ready for winter break. Because the conference takes place on a Friday evening and Saturday, you don’t need to worry about missing school—and the practical nature of the workshops offered means you’ll walk away with tools you can start implementing on Monday! Whether you’re looking for visual arts strategies, ways to create dance with students with physical disabilities, ideas for standards-aligned arts-integration lessons, or a new way of thinking about how students’ identities influence their educational experiences, VSA Intersections will incite and inspire you in your work, giving you that last push of energy to get you through the end of the semester.  Also, if you are in need of professional development hours, all attendees are eligible to receive a letter from the Kennedy Center certifying their attendance at the VSA Intersections conference.

There’s still time to register before the early-bird deadline of December 1. Click here for more information about the schedule of sessions, speaker bios, and to register to attend.

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