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

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Five Tips for Using Embodied Storytelling to Build Student Vocabulary and Communication Skills

By Arianna Ross Embodied Storytelling is an art form utilizing the body and voice to tell, analyze, and create a “story.”  Its process directly leads participants into comprehension of the material they have embodied. In its presentation in the classroom, a teacher will use a combination of dance, storytelling, drama, and visual art elements to … Continue reading Five Tips for Using Embodied Storytelling to Build Student Vocabulary and Communication Skills

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

Seven Tips for Using Storytelling to Engage Students with Disabilities

By Sherry Norfolk Storytelling is a natural, organic way to engage students with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities in story-making and story-sharing. Here are a few tips: Make it multi-modal. Storytelling provides opportunities for the teller to use meaningful facial expression and body language, expressive character voices, sound effects, and audience interaction – making the … Continue reading Seven Tips for Using Storytelling to Engage Students with Disabilities

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!

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition

The Kennedy Center’s Office of VSA and Accessibility is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program. This annual competition invites young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities to examine the disability experience and express their views through … Continue reading Announcing the Winners of the 2017 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition

5 Tips for Working with Literature Artistically and Inclusively

by Susan Snyder, Ph.D. Literature, whether a book text, oral story, poem, or script, provides a springboard for work on comprehension. You can explore the text through ears, eyes, bodies, and minds. You can use sound/music, image/visual art, movement/dance, storytelling/theater, and media arts/film. When considering adaptations for students with disabilities, remember that one disability does … Continue reading 5 Tips for Working with Literature Artistically and Inclusively