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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.

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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:

Arts Education

  • 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.

Professional Development

  • 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.

Cultural Access

  • 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

Community Engagement

  • 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.

To learn more about VSA's affiliates, please visit a list of our United States affiliates or international affiliates.