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VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities
A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program

Yo Soy... Je Suis... I Am...

The Office of VSA and Accessibility, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, proudly presents an exciting opportunity for children with disabilities from around the world to display their artwork side-by-side in an online exhibition. A selection of artwork from the online entries will be chosen for a live exhibition in Washington D.C.!

Deadline to submit: June 8, 2016
Who may submit: Children with a disability, grades pre-kindergarten–12 (or equivalent). Group projects are accepted as long as all artists are students with disabilities.
Artwork specifications: Both two-dimensional (preferred) and three-dimensional works accepted. We do not accept work larger than 18 x 24 inches.

We invite students with disabilities to share images of their artwork addressing this year's theme:
Yo Soy...Je Suis...I Am...The World

Check out the 2015-2016 Teacher Guide. It contains eight lesson plans addressing these topics and it includes suggested accommodations and adaptations for students of all abilities:

  • We Are Here: Our Personal Journey in the World
  • My Personal History in the World
  • Changing My Corner of the World
  • We Become World Problem Solvers: Blending in and Standing Out
  • We Are One…World
  • Shared Experiences in the World
  • Joining Together in the World
  • My Inner World

What do you think about our world? Show us!

Submit your artwork! View the Online Gallery

Please note: The call for artwork requires additional information for each entry:

  • About the Submitter - Name, Email, Phone and Relationship to the artist
  • About the Artist - Name, Age, Location, and Disability
  • Artist Statement – Describe the artwork. What is your artwork about? What is happening in your scene?
  • About the Artwork - Title, Size, and Medium

Parental Permission Form


2015 Yo Soy...Je Suis...I Am...The Future

Children's Art

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Children with disabilities were encouraged to imagine their future. Student-artists were asked to consider what their future holds: Who will I be? Where will I live? How will I change the world? In response, the artists help us see the environments in which they will live, learn and play, and explore how they can impact the future. The resulting artwork testifies to the vital role of arts education in unlocking every child's potential, not only in the arts, but in all facets of their lives.


2014 Yo Soy...Je Suis...I Am...My Neighborhood

Children's Art

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Children with disabilities were encouraged to create a portrait of themselves within the context of their neighborhood. What makes your neighborhood come alive? Interesting neighbors? Varied architecture? A great park or playground? Student-artists are encouraged to illustrate all the important people, places, and landscapes of their local space that shape who they are and who they will be in the future.

 

2013 Yo Soy...Je Suis...I Am...My Family

Student's art

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Student-artists in 2013 illustrate themselves among the people that provide love, support, and encouragement in their lives – their families! Portraying themselves with some of the most important people in their lives gives testament to the idea that family – no matter how big or how small – help shape who we are and provide the foundation for who we will be.