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

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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

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

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