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The Kennedy Center

2005 VSA and MetLife Foundation Arts Connect All Awardees

The following ten organizations received grants up to $15,000 to continue their work in creating inclusive learning environments that engage students of all abilities:

  • Deaf West Theatre (North Hollywood, Calif.) for "In-School Workshops" and "ASL Story Time," programs that promote cultural and theatrical experiences that are culturally relevant, linguistically appropriate, and fully accessible for deaf and hearing children from all walks of life.
  • National Theatre of the Deaf (West Hartford, Conn.) for "The Little Theatre of the Deaf," a program that provides educational partnerships with schools, communities, and students to promote awareness of Deaf Culture and exposure to American Sign Language.
  • Tampa Museum of Art (Tampa, Fla.) for "Partners in Art," an outreach program for six Hillsborough County schools that uses the creative processes of painting and photography to raise awareness and appreciation of community diversity.
  • Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center (Atlanta, Ga.) for "The Artist Residency Project," a residency program in inclusive educational practices for kindergarten-grade 12 that begins with professional development in learning strategies and activities for teachers and teaching artists.
  • Partners for Youth with Disabilities (Boston, Mass.) for "Access to Theatre," an after-school program and summer camp that uses all aspects of theater as an educational tool to help youth learn in a non-traditional setting.
  • Center Stage Associates (Baltimore, Md.) for "Encounter," a residency program for high school students that uses theater as a medium for learning, community building, and creative self-expression.
  • STAGES St. Louis (St. Louis, Mo.) for "Access the Arts," a program to provide inclusive instruction and participation in musical theater that develops students' creativity and imagination, as well as motor and communication skills.
  • Powerful Puppetry (Portland, Ore.) for "Understanding Physical Disabilities and Preventing Childhood Injury," a disability awareness program using the power of puppetry to encourage acceptance and inclusion of children with disabilities.
  • City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh, Pa.) for "City Theatre Artsbridge," a program for students to create and perform an original theater piece that integrates visual theater techniques.
  • The Providence Black Repertory Company (Providence, R.I.) for "Tell It Like It Is!," a theater music program where students create an original piece to educate peers about important issues for students with disabilities.