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    2011 Archive

    VSA MA Student of the Month - Sheila Richards

    Posted Thursday December 15 2011 at 10:17 am in Education

    Student of the Month - Sheila Richards

    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.

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    Charles Washburn Co-authors New England Museum Association Article

    Posted Tuesday November 15 2011 at 10:57 am in Cultural Inclusion

    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.



    Bill Henderson Interviewed on WGBH Radio by Callie Crossley

    Posted Saturday October 29 2011 at 5:43 pm in Education

    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.

    Download cross20111019.mp3.

    Playing "cross20111019".



    MCB Interview with Simon Hayhoe Including Clips from VSA's 10/5/11 Forum "How the Blind View Art"

    Posted Saturday October 15 2011 at 5:24 pm in Cultural Inclusion

    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.

    Download Mass_Comm_Blind-SimonHayhoeVSAMass2011.mp3.

    Playing "Mass Comm Blind-SimonHayhoeVSAMass2011".



    Bill Henderson authors "The Blind Advantage"

    Posted Thursday September 22 2011 at 11:45 am in Education

    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.



    Talk About Dance Accessibility

    Posted Sunday August 21 2011 at 12:43 pm in Cultural Inclusion

    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:

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    Charles Washburn Interviewed 7/15/2011 by MCB's Horizons Radio

    Posted Monday July 25 2011 at 5:50 pm in News

    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.

    Download Mass_Comm_Blind_Interview_7-15-2011.mp3.

    Playing "Mass Comm Blind Interview 7-15-2011".



    VSA Zestival "Bunny Hop"

    Posted Saturday July 23 2011 at 2:25 pm in News

    BNN News reports on the VSA Zestival "Bunny Hop" which took place July 20, 2011 at South Station in Boston.



    Henderson Inclusion School Featured In BNN Video

    Posted Friday May 20 2011 at 3:50 pm in Education

    BNN (Boston Neighborhood News) aired this video May 13, 2011 about the Henderson Inclusion Elementary School and the arts-based teaching strategies developed with VSA.



    VSA MA Treasurer Jeremy Alliger Featured in Boston Globe

    Posted Friday May 06 2011 at 4:08 pm in News

    VSA MA Treasurer, Jeremy Alliger, was featured in an April 29, 2011 Boston Globe article.



    GIMP Aerial Silk Duet

    Posted Thursday May 05 2011 at 5:43 pm in News

    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.



    At Dorchester School, Inclusion Through Art

    Posted Friday April 29 2011 at 4:57 pm in Education

    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?"



    Arts as Bridge from Disability to Learning

    Posted Friday April 29 2011 at 4:29 pm in News

    Executive Director Charles Washburn talks about the VSA International Conference in Boston and arts programs helping children in local schools in this segment from BNN News which aired April 26, 2011.