Thank You Jean Kennedy Smith

VSA founder honored for 48 years of service to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Posted Monday May 28 2012 at 09:44 am.
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This video was produced and shown to Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith at the May 7, 2012 Board of Trustees Meeting, David Rubenstein, Chairman. It includes tributes from Executive Director Charles Washburn and the Henderson Inclusion School.

An audio described version of the video is available on our YouTube channel.

thirteen comments

Wishing Ambassador Smith all the best on this remarkable occasion, HAPPY BIRTHDAY !
Also, expressing our deepest appreciation for the legacy which has allowed the expression of what is best in our humanity from talented artists and children around the world whose voice if frequently overlooked. Thank you for your care, support and dedication.
Your friends and admirers at VSA California Troy J. Botello, VSA California - February 20 2013
Thank you Ambassador Smith for your leadership in making the arts accessible for all! The impact of VSA which you founded is without bounds. We are all indebted to you. Martha McKenna - February 20 2015
Happy Birthday Ambassador Smith! I am thankfull everyday that I get to work for the VSA North Carolina Affiliate - Arts Access. This job is a joy and you should be proud of founding such a valued organization. - Betsy Betsy Jones Ludwig (URL) - February 21 2015
Great day wishes for a truly forward thinking and great lady. Your work in the early days made it to my school in rural Ohio and kept me in school, as one of two young people with disabilities in the whole town. Today I run the Georgia affiliate office. How's that for a legacy? Elizabeth Labbe-Webb, VSA Georgia - February 21 2015
Thank you on behalf of Canadian artists with disabilities, in the province of Ontario. Your energy and commitment to serve the remarkable legacy established by your family in making the arts and access a vibrant component of American and International culture is greatly appreciated.

Happy Birthday! Many you celebrate many more birthdays in good health and good spirits.

Best wishes from the artists of Creative Spirit Art Centre, Toronto, ON.,Canada Ellen Anderson (URL) - February 21 2015
Ambassador Smith: Wishing you a wonderful birthday and many more in the future. Wishing you much happiness for your special day.

Lori Kissinger, VSA Tennessee Lori Kissinger (URL) - February 21 2015
Happy Birthday to our Inspiring Leader. Gratitude surrounds you! Judith Chalmer, VSA Vermont (URL) - February 21 2015
Ambassador Smith - Happy Birthday and best wishes from VSA Loudoun ( Virginia) . Your organization has inspired so many individuals and we are grateful. Looking forward to the 25/40 celebrations ! Regards. Carolyn Snyder (URL) - February 21 2015
Dear Ambassador Smith, Happy Birthday and Best Wishes from VSA Singapore. We are grateful for your vision in founding an organization that has brought so much joy and opportunity for people with disabilities all over the world. We join the VSA family in wishing you good health and look forward to the VSA 40th Anniversary this year. Christopher Yeow (URL) - February 21 2015
Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, thank you so much for your support of our special population. In my work with VSA in Michigan I have been witness to the enriched lives of our participants as well as their families in VSA's artsJAM project.
Sincerely, Carroll Carroll Kinkade - February 21 2015
Dear Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, Happy Birth day to you and Thank you so much for all your effort to support VSAarts all over the world.
This year is the twenty fifth anniversary - Silver Jubilee - to establish a very special Art Association on Egypt, we dedicate this festival, "Plants of my Country" to the spirit of Dr. Mohamed Abdel Salam Al-Banna, who made the effort and money in the establishment and support the Association.
Thanks and Best Regards
Nadia Elarabi
Executive Director of VSAarts of Egypt Nadia Elarabi - February 23 2015
Dear Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, Best wishes on your birthday and everyday. Thank you for your leadership in the VSA organization over the years. You are an inspiration and it makes me proud to be a part of it all. Sincerely, Delaire Rowe
Executive Director of VSA Kentucky Delaire Rowe (URL) - February 23 2015
Happy Birthday, Ambassador Smith! Your vision has changed a nation, and we are all richer for it. Thank you for reminding us to keep our eyes and hearts on the artists who color our world with their creativity. Much appreciation from everyone at VSA Ohio! Erin Hoppe (URL) - February 24 2015


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