The Musical Theater Project Demonstrates the Value of Building Evaluation into Programs from Day One

When leaders at the Musical Theater Project in Northeast Ohio decided they wanted to expand their Kids Love Musicals! residency program to serve students with disabilities, they were deliberate in their planning. They sought out resources and expertise from peer arts organizations already working with students with disabilities, and they attended professional development sessions on … Continue reading The Musical Theater Project Demonstrates the Value of Building Evaluation into Programs from Day One

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“It Starts at the Door”—TiLT 2015 Challenge Winner

This past April, we launched the first annual TilT Challenge. This exciting new program called for middle school, high school, and pre-professional students from around the world to share their disability experience through the art of digital media and storytelling. The TiLT Challenge sought authentic stories of no more than 5 minutes in length to inform, enlighten, and … Continue reading “It Starts at the Door”—TiLT 2015 Challenge Winner

Five Tips for Submitting a Good VSA International Young Soloists Competition Application

Each year, a select number of outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, are recognized by the VSA International Young Soloists Competition. These emerging musicians from around the world receive a $2,500 prize, professional development activities, and the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center. If you or someone you know is interested in applying … Continue reading Five Tips for Submitting a Good VSA International Young Soloists Competition Application

VSA Permanent Collection: New Insights and a New Home

What makes VSA’s permanent collection so fascinating? For starters, it has a little bit of everything from limited edition pop art lithographs to impressionist-style paintings, and even conference and political campaign posters. However, what makes the collection so unique are the works created by artists with disabilities, some formally trained, some self-taught. These pieces comprise … Continue reading VSA Permanent Collection: New Insights and a New Home

Seven Tips to Writing a Great Conference Presentation Proposal

The Office of VSA and Accessibility at the Kennedy Center puts on two conferences per year, the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference and the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference. The calls for presentation proposals for both of these professional development opportunities are currently open, and we hope you apply! In order … Continue reading Seven Tips to Writing a Great Conference Presentation Proposal

Announcing the Winners of the 2015 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition

The Kennedy Center’s Office of VSA and Accessibility is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition, an annual competition that invites middle and high school students to examine the disability experience and express their views through the art of script writing. These talented young writers had their scripts chosen from … Continue reading Announcing the Winners of the 2015 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition

Five Ways You Can Participate in the 25/40 Celebration

The Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution are hosting a huge celebration of arts, culture, and history this month, and we want you to be a part of the excitement! Whether you can join us in person or virtually, there are plenty of ways to participate in 25/40. Attend a Millennium Stage performance. From popular … Continue reading Five Ways You Can Participate in the 25/40 Celebration

Your Guide to the 25/40 Celebration Website

The 25/40 Celebration website has launched! Here's your key to understanding the 25/40 Celebration website, which will have everything you need to know related to the festivities. 25/40 celebrates two monumental anniversaries: The 25th Anniversary of the signing of the American's with Disabilities Act in 1990—an enormous step forward for civil rights and equal opportunity for … Continue reading Your Guide to the 25/40 Celebration Website

Building Reading Comprehension Through Inclusive Arts Learning

Many students need support in developing their ability to read confidently. VSA Intersections conference presenters Arianna Ross and Suzanne Richard have developed arts integration learning strategies and activities that engage learners with disabilities and support reading with comprehension. Ross and Richard combine elements of dance, storytelling, visual art, and drama for their professional development workshop, … Continue reading Building Reading Comprehension Through Inclusive Arts Learning

Finding a Framework for Musical Development in Children with Disabilities

Research has shown that music education is beneficial for young people, both with and without disabilities. But in 2000, when Adam Ockelford and Graham Welch looked for data on how children with severe and profound learning disabilities developed musically, they were surprised at the lack of research and understanding of the topic. This led Ockelford, … Continue reading Finding a Framework for Musical Development in Children with Disabilities