[R-0140] S1. Laws, Policies, Procedures, and Ethical Principles

Citation: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. About VSA. Retrieved from site.

Abstract: VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. The following four principles guide VSA programs and affiliates: every young person with a disability deserves access to high quality arts learning experiences; all artists in schools and art educators should be prepared to include students with disabilities in their instruction; all children, youth, and adults with disabilities should have complete access to cultural facilities and activities; and all individuals with disabilities who aspire to careers in the arts should have the opportunity to develop appropriate skills.

Integration: VSA’s signature programs offer a wide variety of opportunities for youth, with disabilities who have interests in the performing and visual arts.

Content Focus: Expressive Arts; Play; Performing Arts; Jean Kennedy Smith; Creative Activities and Lab

Notes: VSA offers a large selection of publications, guides, and other resources dealing with a wide variety of subject matter in arts, education, and disabilities organized into the following categories: General, For Educators and Parents, For Artists, Research, Arts Administrators, and Webinars.