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

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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

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

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

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

Missouri Educators Support Student IEP Goals Through High School Play Productions

The arts can be a way to break down silos and boundaries in schools, something Brad Walkenhorst and Barb Raney recognized when they first started working on theater programs at Northview High School in Florissant, Missouri. Northview is a school for students ages 14-21 with a range of disabilities, and Walkenhorst and Raney saw how … Continue reading Missouri Educators Support Student IEP Goals Through High School Play Productions

Tools for Nourishing a Radically Inclusive Arts Learning Environment

By Aysha Upchurch The demographic landscape in schools has been undergoing major shifts. The United States Census projects that by 2020—less than two years from now—the majority of youth under the age of 18 will be people of color.[1] Additionally, the Department of Education has been tracking the number of students with disabilities and noted … Continue reading Tools for Nourishing a Radically Inclusive Arts Learning Environment

Peer Partners in the Elementary Art Classroom Lead to Growth for Students With and Without Disabilities

Jonathan Hale was teaching art at both Jordan Valley School, a school for students with severe and multiple disabilities, and Sprucewood Elementary School in Utah’s Canyons School District when he had an idea—what if he brought students from Jordan Valley into the art classroom at Sprucewood to work in grade level peer pairs? Hale, an … Continue reading Peer Partners in the Elementary Art Classroom Lead to Growth for Students With and Without Disabilities

Making Arts Learning Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision: An Interview with Dr. Jeremy Johnson

The visual arts have historically presented challenges to individuals who are blind or have low vision, with barriers to participation in both art appreciation and art creation. Dr. Jeremy Johnson, an assistant professor of art education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, identified the need to remove these barriers for students who are blind … Continue reading Making Arts Learning Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision: An Interview with Dr. Jeremy Johnson

Breaking Down Barriers Through Storytelling: an Interview with Sherry Norfolk

Sherry Norfolk is an award-winning storyteller, author, and teaching artist. She performs and leads residencies and workshops internationally, introducing children and adults to story making and storytelling. She is also the co-author and co-editor with Lyn Ford of a new book, Storytelling Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Students with Special Needs. Here, she discusses the … Continue reading Breaking Down Barriers Through Storytelling: an Interview with Sherry Norfolk