VSA Affiliates Worldwide
VSA is an energetic national and international network of cultural and educational organizations developing socially sustainable programs that serve individuals - youth and adults - with disabilities and the communities in which they reside. Participants in the dynamic VSA network host and participate in professional conferences; develop and share resources; provide technical assistance; collaborate on programming, as well as share best practices and strategies for success.
Binding the VSA network together is a commitment to a set of guiding principles and commitment to four priority program areas. VSA network members provide a range of innovative programs in these four areas to meet the local needs of their countries, states and communities.
VSA's priority program areas are:
Programs which support academic learning through the arts and with the arts for students, youth and adults.
Emphasis is on pre-kindergarten through 12th grade populations receiving arts education through appropriate school and community settings
Programs which involve family and community partnerships.
Intensive professional development for teachers, educators, artists, and arts program staff addressing critical skills for including students with disabilities by integrating arts into the classrooms.
Supporting the infrastructure that supports opportunities for people with disabilities to experience the arts as audience, artist, or arts administrator.
Encouraging educational and cultural institutions to develop the infrastructure that supports physical and programmatic access for people with disabilities
Programs that support lifelong learning.
Activities by, for and about inclusion in the arts and community life.
Engaging the broader community in discussion and participation in arts, education, and disability issues.
Funding for the VSA Network is provided by Mike and Julie Connors and the U.S. Department of Education.
Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
The content of this program may have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education but does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the federal government.