10 Tips on How to Get the Most Out of the LEAD® Conference

The 17th annual Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Conference is just a few weeks away! Whether you're attending for the 1st or 17th time, you'll want 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Ⓡ:  What to pack: Business cards, collateral from … Continue reading 10 Tips on How to Get the Most Out of the LEAD® Conference

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Five Activities to Help Students Build Empathy Through the Arts

By Miko Lee and Suzanne Joyal, Youth in Arts The arts are a great way to help students with and without disabilities learn more about their own feelings and the emotions of others. We like combining a visual arts lesson on photography or portraiture with an opportunity to build empathy by making “Emotional Trading Cards,” … Continue reading Five Activities to Help Students Build Empathy Through the Arts

Intersections Preview: Examining Blackness, Disability, and Higher Education with Presenter Adrianna Matthews

Adrianna Matthews has done a lot of self-discovery in graduate school, and she is ready to share what she has learned with educators and peers. A student at the University of Texas at Austin’s MFA program in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities, Matthews used a research assignment as an opportunity to address her … Continue reading Intersections Preview: Examining Blackness, Disability, and Higher Education with Presenter Adrianna Matthews

Five Tips for Creating an Inclusive Dance Experience

By Portia Abernathy, M.Ed., M.A. Creating an environment for high-quality, inclusive dance education requires preparation, flexibility, and creativity. These tips for creating an inclusive dance experience aim to help educators offer excellent arts learning opportunities to every student. Shift Your Mindset - When working with inclusive populations, it is important to remember that the unique … Continue reading Five Tips for Creating an Inclusive Dance Experience

January 2017 VSA Webinar: “The Design and Use of Inclusive Surveys in Arts Programs”

Every day you make decisions based on some type of information. Learn how to do it more systematically, reliably, and inclusively for arts programming with some tips and strategies from the Research and Evaluation team at the Kennedy Center! In this webinar, we will present some tips for good question writing, and some strategies for … Continue reading January 2017 VSA Webinar: “The Design and Use of Inclusive Surveys in Arts Programs”

November 2016 VSA Webinar: “Teaching Students with Autism: What Teaching Theater Teaches Us”

In this series, three psychologists share insights from their research on how theater activities affect cognitive and social skills in children with autism spectrum disorders. On the final webinar, a special educator discusses how those findings impact classroom practice. Click on the play button below to watch a free recording of the Webinar. (You will … Continue reading November 2016 VSA Webinar: “Teaching Students with Autism: What Teaching Theater Teaches Us”

Bringing Spoken Word into Inclusive Science Classrooms

Students study literary arts in many forms throughout their educational careers, from novels to poetry and short stories to plays. But after working with middle and high school girls in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) lessons, Venneasha Davis and Dr. Temple Lovelace had an idea about how to make the … Continue reading Bringing Spoken Word into Inclusive Science Classrooms

Belfast’s Replay Theatre Company Makes a Splash with Students with Disabilities

At Replay Theatre Company in Belfast, Northern Ireland, part of the organization’s mission is to provide meaningful arts experiences to children and young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties and those who live and work with them. Their current production for students with disabilities is Into the Blue, a show in a pool featuring … Continue reading Belfast’s Replay Theatre Company Makes a Splash with Students with Disabilities

October 2016 VSA Webinar: “The Teacher and the Teaching Artist: Collaboration and Community Building in the Classroom”

In “The Teacher and the Teaching Artist: Collaboration and Community Building in the Classroom”, teaching artist Nancy Volante and special education teacher Chad Hamilton discuss how the classroom is a community where learning, communication and socialization take place everyday. Building a strong foundation and relationship between classroom teachers and teaching artists creates an environment where the classroom … Continue reading October 2016 VSA Webinar: “The Teacher and the Teaching Artist: Collaboration and Community Building in the Classroom”

(Re) Invention Exhibition Features 15 Outstanding Young Artists with Disabilities

Since 2002, the Kennedy Center and Volkswagen Group of America have teamed up for the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program, to recognize and showcase the work of emerging young artists living with disabilities, ages 16-25, who are currently residing in the United States. (Re)Invention gives fifteen young … Continue reading (Re) Invention Exhibition Features 15 Outstanding Young Artists with Disabilities