10 Tips on How to Get the Most Out of the 2018 LEAD® Conference

The 18th annual Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Conference is just a few weeks away! Here are some ways to get the most out of your time at the conference. Here are tips from past participants on how to make the most of your time at LEAD®: 1.) What to pack: Business cards, collateral from your organization, device … Continue reading 10 Tips on How to Get the Most Out of the 2018 LEAD® Conference

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Announcing the Winners of the 2018 VSA International Young Soloists Competition

This year marks the 34th anniversary of the VSA International Young Soloists Competition, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program that recognizes talented, emerging artists ages 14-25 with disabilities from all over the world. The four young musicians who have been named winners of the 2018 award are: violinist Eva Casado Ariza, age 22; … Continue reading Announcing the Winners of the 2018 VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Digital Storytelling Program Empowers Students with Disabilities

At the Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center (OCCTAC), a year-long program in technology, arts, and inclusive leadership training offered youth with disabilities an opportunity to use digital storytelling as a tool for self-empowerment. The program, held quarterly from October 2016-August 2017, taught high school juniors and seniors fundamentals of art, video production, and self-advocacy. … Continue reading Digital Storytelling Program Empowers Students with Disabilities

Announcing the 2018 VSA International Young Soloists Call for Entries

  Each year, the VSA International Young Soloists Competition recognizes outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25. These emerging musicians from around the world receive a $2,000 prize, professional development activities, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. If you or someone you know is interested in … Continue reading Announcing the 2018 VSA International Young Soloists Call for Entries

Playwright Discovery Call for Scripts Now Open!

Do you know a budding creative writer? The annual VSA Playwright Discovery Program, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program, is accepting scripts for its 2018 competition through January 17, 2018. The Playwright Discovery Program invites young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities, in U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) … Continue reading Playwright Discovery Call for Scripts Now Open!

Urban Artisans Prepares Students with Disabilities for Careers, In or Out of the Arts

It was more than 16 years ago that staff at ArtMix in Indianapolis, Indiana, and officials in the Indianapolis Public Schools identified a need to better prepare students with disabilities age 16-22 for life after school. Knowing that the arts could train students in pre-vocational skills and aid in personal growth, ArtMix began its Urban … Continue reading Urban Artisans Prepares Students with Disabilities for Careers, In or Out of the Arts

Teaching Students with ASD “High Value Skills for High Value Work” at FilmAcademy360

When Program Director David Di Ianni created FilmAcademy360, a part of Spectrum360 in Livingston, New Jersey, he was interested in teaching students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) “high value skills for high value work.” What he means by that, he says, is that with appropriate training and skill development, the young adults in the program … Continue reading Teaching Students with ASD “High Value Skills for High Value Work” at FilmAcademy360

Five Tips for Using the Arts to Introduce Job Skills to Youth with Disabilities

By Damon McLeese Young adulthood is a time of wonder, exploration, and often the time a person lands their first job. For teens with disabilities, this first paycheck may be rather elusive. At VSA Colorado, we use a commission-based project to strengthen their skill set, expose them to the concept of a job, and do … Continue reading Five Tips for Using the Arts to Introduce Job Skills to Youth with Disabilities

IRT Theater’s Westside Experiment Offers Career Development Opportunity to Deaf Students

In July 2017, New York City’s IRT Theater wrapped up their sixth annual Westside Experiment summer intensive for high school age youth. This two-week career development program pairs experimental theater artists with adolescents working to find to find their identity and voice. For the first time in 2017, IRT made the Westside Experiment fully accessible … Continue reading IRT Theater’s Westside Experiment Offers Career Development Opportunity to Deaf Students

Five Tips on Developing an Arts Internship Program for Students with Disabilities

By April Sullivan The transitional age of 16-22 is an important time in life. Students start thinking beyond the school-ordered day and about how to apply their interests and skills to a job or career. Many students with disabilities find this transition very difficult. Some end up stuck at home watching TV or playing video games, unsure of how to move forward with less … Continue reading Five Tips on Developing an Arts Internship Program for Students with Disabilities