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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Missouri Educators Support Student IEP Goals Through High School Play Productions

The arts can be a way to break down silos and boundaries in schools, something Brad Walkenhorst and Barb Raney recognized when they first started working on theater programs at Northview High School in Florissant, Missouri. Northview is a school for students ages 14-21 with a range of disabilities, and Walkenhorst and Raney saw how … Continue reading Missouri Educators Support Student IEP Goals Through High School Play Productions

2018 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition Winners

The Kennedy Center’s Office of VSA and Accessibility is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 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 2018 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition Winners

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!

NTID Program Encourages Students’ Creativity and Literacy Skills

From May to August, 2017, theater professionals from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) presented a theatrical script writing program to students who are deaf and hearing students closely connected to deafness. The ten-hour program, held at five sites in Maryland, New York, and Florida, offered students a creative way to explore their … Continue reading NTID Program Encourages Students’ Creativity and Literacy Skills

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

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

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

Children with ASD Learn through Shakespeare at OSU

Shakespearean language may sound unfamiliar or intimidating to some children, but at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, Ohio, educators are successfully using Shakespeare as the cornerstone of theater workshops for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). OSU’s Shakespeare and Autism program not only offers an exciting arts learning opportunity for young participants with … Continue reading Children with ASD Learn through Shakespeare at OSU

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