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VSA Programs

VSA's signature programs offer multi-faceted, unparalleled opportunities for youth, with disabilities, who have aspirations in the performing and visual arts. Explore our program links below to find out more about how you can engage in the arts or to apply.

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For Young Performing Artists

For Young Visual Artists

VSA's program competitions provide a platform for emerging artists to share their talent in comparison with peers across the country and the globe. Pre-professional development opportunities, including lectures, seminars, and creative training provides skill-building and practical insight to prepare young artists to advance in their chosen field. Past VSA program recipients have gone on to successful careers in music, theater, and the visual arts.

VSA's signature programs nurture and recognize the vital role of arts education for students with disabilities, from pre-K through the 12th grade and beyond, to sustain achievement academically, socially and as engaged citizens of the twenty-first century. VSA program participants - whether writing their first one-act play or painting a self-portrait - are artists first!

For Arts, Education, and Cultural Organizations

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking contract proposals from eligible and qualified contractors to perform the VSA programs listed below. Please click the links to view each Request for Contract Proposals (RFP) for specific program details. The proposal submission deadline for the 2019-2020 contract cycle is March 27, 2019 at 11:59 pm (Eastern Daylight Time).

  1. VSA Arts Connect All - Professional Development Program
  2. VSA Arts Connect All - Workshop/Residency Program
  3. VSA Children's Visual Art Discovery Program
  4. VSA Playwright Discovery Program
  5. VSA TiLT Digital Storytelling Program
  6. VSA Museum Access for Kids Program
  7. VSA Performing Arts Access for Kids Program
  8. Rosemary Kennedy Initiative
  9. VSA EZ Program

New for School Districts

Call for Participants

Arts-Based Creative Teaching Strategies Professional Development for Special Education Teachers .

Application Deadline: March 20, 2019, at 11:59 PM EDT