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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. How can I get involved in VSA programs?

    VSA programs are implemented through a network of affiliates nationwide and in 51 countries worldwide. We invite you to participate in VSA programs in your area. Please contact your local affiliate for more information about volunteering, making donations or becoming a sponsor.

  3. I'm an artist with a disability. How can VSA help me?

    VSA offers opportunities in both the performing and visual arts for artists with disabilities nationally and thorough our VSA State Affiliate network. To find out more about what is happening in your state or find out about the latest national calls for entries and how to apply or join us on

  4. 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.

  5. 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. Our affiliates are a great place to start to find programming in your community. Some opportunities you may also want to explore are:

  6. 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: