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Contact Us and FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is VSA?

    VSA is a nonprofit organization that provides arts and education opportunities for students and adults with disabilities.

  2. Does VSA stand for Very Special Arts?

    When founded in 1974, the organization was named the National Committee - Arts for the Handicapped. In 1985 the name changed to Very Special Arts and in 2010 it became VSA. In 2011, VSA merged with the Kennedy Center's Office on Accessibility to become the Department of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

  3. My child has a disability. What programs do you offer in which he/she can participate?

    VSA offers a variety of participatory arts programs on local, national, and international levels. Some opportunities you may also want to explore are:

  4. I'm a teacher and I'd like to better incorporate arts education into my lessons. Do you have any resources?

    Yes, please see our Resources for Educators and Parents for more information on how you can make lessons accessible to all students or visit ArtsEdge for information on how to bring the arts into your classroom. And be sure to check out the range of programs we offer: