VSA Seeks Writers for Newsletter Contracts in Three Areas of Expertise

The Kennedy Center Office of VSA and Accessibility seeks three writers for new electronic newsletters, starting in January 2019.

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2018 Kennedy Center LEAD® Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Award winners! The 2018 awardees will be honored during the LEAD® Conference on August 11 in Atlanta, GA. The LEAD® Awards recognize outstanding individuals and institutions whose leadership and work furthers the field of accessibility in the cultural arts. LEAD®’s specific goal … Continue reading 2018 Kennedy Center LEAD® Awards

Supporting Students with Disabilities in Rigorous Arts Programs

At the prestigious DeKalb School of the Arts in Avondale Estates, Georgia, students are held to high standards for both academic and arts learning. Attendance at the school means a full course load of academic classes and electives in a chosen artistic discipline, plus a demanding schedule of afterschool rehearsals and activities. But the rigors … Continue reading Supporting Students with Disabilities in Rigorous Arts Programs

Communication is Key to Effective Collaboration Between Arts Educators and Instructional Assistants

When working with students with disabilities, arts educators frequently encounter other adults in the classroom. Instructional assistants, also called paraprofessionals, work as part of the educational team and often focus on supporting students with disabilities. Will Houchin and Zoe Gelinas, both students in Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Master of Music in music education (autism concentration) … Continue reading Communication is Key to Effective Collaboration Between Arts Educators and Instructional Assistants

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

5 Reasons to Attend the 2018 VSA Intersections Conference

There are lots of reasons to attend the Kennedy Center VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference. Here are a few of our favorites: 1.) Exciting new options in 2018! Enroll in a pre-conference workshop led by a national arts and special education expert! Pre-conference workshops offer 4-hour deep dives into exciting and critical content, led … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Attend the 2018 VSA Intersections Conference

Intersections Preview: An Interview with Presenter Sunnylee Mowery

In this issue and in upcoming VSA Updates, we are highlighting presenters that will be at the 2018 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference and sharing information about their sessions. Art educator Sunnylee Mowery leads the preconference workshop “Classroom Comics: Reflecting on Teacher/Student Experience through Comic Art” on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Here, Mowery … Continue reading Intersections Preview: An Interview with Presenter Sunnylee Mowery

5 Reasons to Attend the 2017 VSA Intersections Conference

There are lots of reasons to attend the Kennedy Center's VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference. Here are a few of our favorites: 1. Brand New Content We have tons of new sessions that you won't want to miss! Here is sampling of what we have planned: It Takes a Village: Inclusive Community Music … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Attend the 2017 VSA Intersections Conference

West Virginia Program Helps Teachers Utilize Music with Young Students

The West Virginia University Music Therapy Program will host its Creating Capacity Through Music professional development workshop this month for educators in Morgantown, West Virginia, and the surrounding areas. The five-hour, interactive, continuing education opportunity helps classroom teachers utilize music to engage all students and support various learning objectives for children ages three to seven … Continue reading West Virginia Program Helps Teachers Utilize Music with Young Students

Five Tips for Preparing New Teachers to Work with Students with Disabilities in the Arts

by Rhoda Bernard, Ed.D. Many of the strategies for teaching the arts to students with disabilities are components of what is widely considered to be good teaching practice for any student population. The critical difference is for teachers to magnify, deepen, and personalize these aspects of their teaching when they work with students with disabilities. … Continue reading Five Tips for Preparing New Teachers to Work with Students with Disabilities in the Arts