Contact: VSA Minnesota
528 Hennepin Avenue The Cowles Center Suite # 305
Minneapolis, MN 55403
VSA Minnesota's mission is to create a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and access the arts.
VSA Minnesota, founded in 1986, is an affiliate of VSA in Washington D.C. which was founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith. VSA Minnesota is a non-profit agency that provides programs and services that make the arts available and accessible to Minnesota people with disabilities.
VSA Minnesota is dedicated to ensuring that music, theater, dance, creative writing, and visual and media arts play a part in the lives of all people. In addition, VSA Minnesota believes that experiences in the arts enhance personal growth, increase educational achievement and enable career success. Participation in the arts promotes acceptance and inclusion in all aspects of life.
Programs and Services
Artists with disabilities are assisted in forwarding their arts pursuits through several grant programs, workshops, and both a statewide directory of artists with disabilities and a direct link to one of the largest Internet directories of artists with disabilities in the world.
Direct Arts Programs
Arts festivals, performances, artist residencies, exhibits and other types of arts events are produced throughout the year. These activities enable people with disabilities to participate in art forms of all kinds.
Accessibility to the Arts
VSA Minnesota works with arts organizations throughout the state to assist them in making their programs and services accessible to people with disabilities. The Access to Theater program encourages theatre and dance companies to provide accommodations for audience members who are deaf or blind.
Education & Awareness
VSA Minnesota provides direct arts programs in selected school settings, assists in disability culture activities, presents arts access awards on an annual basis and promotes increased awareness of disability concerns through a newsletter, web site and e-mail listserv.
What is it that VSA Minnesota does?
Visual art exhibits by people with disabilities.
Training workshops for teachers in special education settings.
Assistance to theaters in making their performances accessible to people who are deaf or blind.
Artist-in-residency programs for schools & residential centers.
Arts festivals for people of all ages with a disability.
Newsletters, artist directories and information via the Internet that connects Minnesota people with disabilities who are interested in the arts.
And many other programs and services that assist people with disabilities in becoming more involved in arts activities within their homes & communities.
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