Posted Thursday December 15 2011 at 10:17 am
The VSA MA Student of the Month initiative was launched to celebrate the accomplishments of students who have exhibited significant artistic, social or academic growth throughout their participation in the VSA MA residency program. This month's student is Sheila Richards from the Adams Elementary School.
Charlie Washburn, VSA Mass. Executive Director, and Betty Siegel, Director of VSA and Accessibility, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, co-authored "Accessibility Resources for New England Museums" which was published in the Fall, 2011 NEMA News quarterly journal of New England Museum Association. This edition of NEMA's quarterly journal focuses on museum accessibility. Charlie and Betty's article can be found on pages 14 and 15.
Posted Saturday October 29 2011 at 5:43 pm
Bill Henderson, VSA MA consultant and former principal of Boston's O'Hearn School (renamed Henderson School in his honor) was interviewed 10/19/2011 on WGBH radio by Callie Crossley. Click below to listen.
The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind's (MCB) Horizons radio program interviewed Fulbright Fellow Simon Hayhoe who participated in VSA's panel discussion "How the Blind View Art". Included in the recording is clips from our October 5, 2011 forum about audio description and the importance of arts inclusion. Click below to listen.
Posted Thursday September 22 2011 at 11:45 am
Bill Henderson, VSA Mass. consultant and former principal of Boston's O'Hearn School (renamed Henderson School), has authored a book titled "The Blind Advantage - How Going Blind Made Me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made Our School Better for Everyone". Published by Harvard Education Press, a 20% discount is available by using sales code BAAP11.
VSA Teaching Artist Fellow Donna Folan and her colleague VSA MA Teaching Artist Maureen Finnerty represented VSA MA this summer in a discussion about dance accessibility at Dance for World Community in Cambridge. Some excerpts:
Charles Washburn was interviewed July 15, 2011 for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind's (MCB) Horizons radio program produced for the Talking Information Center's state-wide radio network. Click below to listen.
In association with Alliger Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art, VSA Massachusetts presented the aerial silk duet choreographed by the renowned choreographer Heidi Latsky with original live accompaniment by Stan Strickland that has been touring internationally with GIMP. Described by Dance Magazine as "a gleaming milestone in the progress of contemporary dance and theater, GIMP is proving that the term 'disabled dancer' is an oxymoron." This performance took place April 29, 2011 at the ICA on the Boston HarborWalk.
Posted Friday April 29 2011 at 4:57 pm
Andrea Smardon aired a feature on WGBH April 26, 2011 answering the question, "Why are people coming from 17 countries to attend the VSA International Conference and learn about what's going on at the Henderson School in Dorchester?"