Join us at an All Access Pass tour to learn more about our work towards educational and cultural inclusion in the arts. We are hosting tours of VSA Massachusetts as a way to bring our mission to a wider audience. The tour takes no more than one hour. You'll hear a welcome from board and staff members and then take a guided tour of our work. We'll share some inspiring stories about how the arts transform our communities and create opportunities for inclusion.
Upcoming tour dates: Wednesday, January 16, 5:45pm Wednesday, February 13, 12:00pm Thursday, March 14, 5:45pm Tuesday, April 23, 12:00pm
89 South Street, Suite 101, Boston 02111
To reserve a spot and request ASL interpretation or other accommodations, call Kati Blair Kotrc at 617-350-7713 x101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1984, the VSA International Young Soloists Program has identified talented musicians, aged 14-25, who have a disability. The VSA International Young Soloists Competition annually selects up to four outstanding musicians from the United States and the international arena, and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career. These emerging musicians receive $2,500, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Posted Thursday December 27 2012 at 11:25 am
While the iPad is promoted as a universally-designed tool, individuals with various disabilities often benefit from the added support of adaptations. This webinar will demonstrate over 30 ways an iPad can be adapted in five minutes or less using everyday materials.
Enter ancient Persia and be transformed by the power of storytelling – again! The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater revive their award-winning production (2012 Independent Reviewers of New England Awards for Best Ensemble, Best Puppetry, Best Costumes, and Best Director) of Dominic Cooke’s Arabian Nights. Based on One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of folk tales from the Middle East and Asia, Arabian Nights is rich with suspense, romance and hilarity – stories irresistible for all ages. At its heart is the power of the imagination to heal, inspire, and transform.
Where: Central Square Theater When: Saturday, December 29 2011, 3pm How: Phone Martine at 617-576-9278 x 210. Mention you would like to purchase $25 ASL Tickets.
Posted Saturday December 22 2012 at 10:31 am
New York Times, 12/18/2012
Written by Patricia Cohen
Photo by Kirsten Luce
Stationed in front of one of his large self-portraits, the artist Chuck Close raised his customized wheelchair to balance on two wheels, seeming to defy the laws of gravity.
The chair’s unlikely gymnastics underlined the points that Mr. Close was making to his audience, 40 seventh and eighth graders from Bridgeport, Conn.: Break the rules and use limitations to your advantage.
The message had particular resonance for these students, and a few educators and parents, who had come by bus on Monday from Roosevelt School to the Pace Gallery in Chelsea for a private tour of Mr. Close’s show. Roosevelt, located in a community with high unemployment and crushing poverty, recently had one of the worst
records of any school in the state, with 80 percent of its seventh graders testing below grade level in reading and math.
Posted Saturday December 22 2012 at 08:07 am
Boston Globe, 12/20/2012
Written by Geoff Edgers/Globe Reporter
Photo by Josh Reynolds
The first time the students saw Adrian Anantawan play his violin, they were stunned. He had no right hand, and yet an attachment he called “the spatula” allowed him to play an arrangement of the Beatles song, “Yesterday.”
“I was astonished,” says Kelly Exilus, 11, a violist from Jamaica Plain and one of the students that spring day at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton. “I thought, ‘Wow.’ ”
Nobody at the school talks much these days about Anantawan’s right arm. They’re too busy practicing, while also learning a greater truth from their teacher: Music is the great equalizer.
Broadway and Beyond is a musical revue of song, dance, poetry and beyond . . . bringing us back from the future to the heyday of Broadway and celebrating the capabilities and talents of the people of Cape Cod, including those with disabilities. When two people come back from the year 2045 to the present to encounter Broadway as it used to be, anything can happen!
Obie Award-winning visionary director David Cromer brings his groundbreaking and critically acclaimed new version of the beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town to the Huntington Theatre. In 1901 Grover's Corners, George and Emily fall in love, marry, and live out their lives as one New England town becomes a microcosm of everyday life. An Off Broadway smash playing for more than 600 performances, this wonderfully intimate staging marks the Huntington's first production in the Roberts Studio Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.
An ASL Interpreted performance will take place January 4, 2013 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 for each Deaf or Hard of Hearing person and one guest. As this is a small theatre TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED BY DECEMBER 21st! To purchase tickets, contact Meg Obrien at 617-273-1558 or email@example.com
Posted Sunday December 16 2012 at 11:00 am
If you missed the December 11, 2012 free VSA webinar "Setting Up Success for Visual Artists", an archive is available until January 5, 2013. To access the recording:
1. Visit GoToMeeting. You will be prompted to enter your email address and contact information prior to viewing the webinar.
2. You must have Windows Media 9 or higher to view the recorded webinar.
3. You must install the GoToMeeting Codec, which can be found here.
4. You must have administrator rights on your PC to install the GoToMeeting Codec and view the recorded webinar in the GoToMeeting format.
The Institute for Human Centered Design will host an informal evening with Eli Wolff, Sara Hendren, and others sharing disability rights poetry, art and expression, and to join in a conversation about the place of creative expression in the disability rights movement.
Inspired by disability-rights poet and artist Neil Marcus, Eli Wolff has been writing poetry from the perspective of disability rights and advocacy for the last year. Eli will be reading "I am Light" and other poems from this experience.
Sara has been thinking a lot about adaptive and assistive technologies, prosthetics, and all the political and cultural ways we comprehend and represent disability. Among several projects, Sarah will discuss "The Accessible Icon Project" that provides supplies and services to transform the old International Symbol of Access into an active, engaged image.
When: December 19th at 7pm
Where: The Institute for Human Centered Design, 200 Portland Street, Boston
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-695-1225 x235
Wine, fruit and cheese, or hot chocolate will be provided!
We previously blogged about Hanover Theatre's Broadway Series and the commitment to provide ASL interpreters. "A Christmas Carol" has been added to the list of ASL interpreted plays. The performance takes place Friday, December 21, 2012 at 7pm.
Meet Me at the Coolidge...and Make Memories is a one-of-a-kind film experience, designed specifically for people with memory loss and their care partners. Short clips from classic films will be shown, followed by audience discussion and reminiscence, guided by a moderator.
Where: Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA
When: Thursdays - December 13 2012, March 14 2013, June 20 2013 10am -12noon
This program demonstrates how film can be a form of treatment for people with memory loss, Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The cinema has the power to connect us with our deep-rooted emotional memories - the kind that never leave us.
For tickets, more information, or to volunteer, send an e-mail to Dee Brenner at email@example.com or call 978-985-4427.
Admission, Parking, and Refreshments are FREE but please RSVP with the number of seats requested.
Posted Thursday December 06 2012 at 05:14 am
Boston Globe, 11/27/2012
Written by Karen Weintraub/Globe Correspondent
Photo by Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff
DEDHAM — Carla shook a tambourine, while Dorothy played the xylophone and Leni tapped her palms gently on an African drum. Vivian declined an instrument, but shimmied her shoulders when the music moved her.
Their walkers stood ready and their voices were wispy with age, but the eight group members sang with purpose, remembering every word of the Doris Day classic without prompting.
“We were sailing along, on Moonlight Bay. We could hear the voices ringing . . .,” they sang.
When they had finished “love’s old sweet song” and given themselves a round of applause, Clara proclaimed the group “ready for Symphony Hall.”
Join the Museum of Science Saturday December 8 for a Community Partners Day. See the new traveling exhibit "Mammoths & Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age", and "Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure". Registered guests will receive free exhibit hall admission for up to 4 people in total per reservation to view the exhibits up to 5PM when the Museum closes. ASL interpreters will be available to visit exhibits with guests from 10AM to 2PM.
Guests can pick up tickets at the Community Relations registration table in the Museum lobby on the morning of December 8 between 10am and 1pm.
For questions, please contact Maria Cabrera (firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-589-0418) or James Boyd (email@example.com, 617-589-0315).
Join us for an evening of arts activities, holiday shopping, and refreshments at the Handmade Holiday Opening Reception, Thursday December 6 2012 4-7pm, Open Door Gallery, 89 South Street #101, Boston MA.
Looking for holiday gift ideas? Help welcome the Artists Beyond Challenges exhibit to the West Suburban YMCA. Come meet the artists and learn about this Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission group. Many kinds of artwork will be for sale. Refreshments will be provided.
Saturday, December 1 2012, 2-4pm
West Suburban YMCA
276 Church Street
Newton Center, MA 02458
Silent Rhythms has partnered with MetaMovements and Kerry Thompson (pictured above) to provide two ASL-interpreted workshops on Latin dancing. The workshops will be held December 1 and 8, 2012 at Blackstone Community Center, which is the building next to where Salsa in the Park Summer was held. After the workshops there will be a dance social so you can practice what you've learned or watch other folks dance.
Posted Tuesday November 27 2012 at 01:07 am
We have a day for giving thanks. We have a day for retail bargains. We have a day for cyber deals. Wouldn’t it be great to have a day for giving back?
Now we do. Giving Tuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.
Watch a screening of "Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi", a coming-of-age movie that explores the life of an exceptional teenager and his hilariously complex and neurotic family, at Temple Emeth in Chestnut Hill MA, December 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6:00 pm
American Sign Language Tour with no spoken English for students of ASL and Deaf Studies
To participate, ask for a ticket from any cashier at any entrance. The MFA is free after 4:00 pm on Wednesdays. Meet the ASL Guide at 5:50 pm at the Sharf Visitor Center. Participation will be limited to comply with the Museum’s guidelines for the size of groups in galleries. This tour will be repeated on Wednesday, January 16, at 6:00 pm.
Sunday, December 9, 2012 Noon – 3:00 pm
ASL Interpreted Artist Demonstration – John Shulz, Printmaker
Free with Museum admission.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 6:00 pm
American Sign Language Tour with no spoken English for students of ASL and Deaf Studies
To participate, ask for a ticket from any cashier at any entrance. The MFA is free after 4:00 pm on Wednesdays. Meet the ASL Guide at 5:50 pm at the Sharf Visitor Center. Participation will be limited to comply with the Museum's guidelines for the size of groups in galleries.
Monday, January 21, 2013 10:00 am – 4:45 pm
Events in American Sign Language with no spoken English and ASL interpreted events during the MFA’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Open House
Admission is free for everyone. Visit www.mfa.org for the complete schedule.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:00 am – 4:45 pm
ASL interpreted Family Programs including tours, storytelling and other events during February School Vacation Week
Free with Museum Admission. Children 17 and under are admitted free when school is not in session. Visit www.mfa.org for the complete schedule.
Come and do your holiday shopping at the state's alternative craft and art market. Handmade Holiday features weaving, printmaking, jewelry, felting, cards, painting, and other gifts by local crafters and artists.
November 16, 2012 - January 4, 2013.
Opening Reception - December 6, 2012, 4 pm to 7 pm.
Posted Monday November 12 2012 at 11:22 am
Lesley University is teaming with the Boston Arts Consortium for Health, the International Association for Music and Medicine, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, Harvard Medical School, Berklee College of Music, and the New England Conservatory to put on its 3rd annual conference dedicated to the arts and health. Friday - Saturday, November 30 - December 1, 2012.
This year, the conference will focus on how space can be transformed through music, dance, drama and visual art and design to support mental, emotional and physical health. Leaders in the field, including VSA MA Executive Director Charles Washburn, will share the work they've done both nationally and internationally.
Posted Saturday November 10 2012 at 5:54 pm
The Kennedy Center put together an annotated bibliography of websites related to arts and special education. Anyone is free to view, download, or print the Microsoft Word document from Google Docs. No account or log-in is required.
Posted Monday November 05 2012 at 10:05 pm
Each year, The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards solicits nominations from the general public and notable public figures, providing the opportunity to submit stories about teachers and professors who made a significant difference in their lives.
On March 22 2013, Stephen Sondheim's birthday, a select number of these teachers will each receive $10,000 in appreciation for their contributions to the field of teaching. Awardees will also be showcased, along with the people they inspired, on The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards web site.
Application deadline is Sunday, December 16, 2012. Eligibility requirements and all other details are available on the awards web site.
We blogged about "Bob the Show" previously but wanted to point out a newly scheduled, local performance at the Cardinal Cushing Center in Hanover MA, Thursday, November 8 2012 at 3pm. Free for Health Care Providers.
Posted Tuesday October 30 2012 at 8:36 pm
Free webinars have been scheduled by the Office of VSA & Accessibility, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. All are welcome.
The State of Arts and Aging
Tuesday, November 13 2012, 3-4:30 PM EDT
Presenter: Dr. Gay Hanna, Executive Director of the National Center for Creative Aging
Strategies for Supporting Visual Artists
Tuesday, December 11 2012, 3-4:30 PM EDT
Presenter: Sonja Cendak, Artist Services Assistant Manager, Office of VSA & Accessibility, Kennedy Center
Setting Up Success for Performing Artists
Tuesday, February 26 2013, 3-4 PM EDT
Presenter: Liz Miller, arts consultant and former VSA Artist Services Manager at The Kennedy Center
Real-time captioning will be available at http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=JFKCENTER during the Webinar presentation.
DCN: Hi, glad you could join us for this interview.
Please tell us about who you are, where you went to
school all your life, and how did you get to where you
BK: I was born to hearing parents and have a younger
Deaf brother. I attended the Boston School for the
Deaf from the time I was 4 years old in 1964, and
stayed until 1972. In 6th grade I was mainstreamed at
a private school for girls, Brimmer and May, which is
located in Chestnut Hill, and was their first Deaf
student. I excelled in sports and went on to graduate
in 1979. After high school I went to the University of
New Hampshire (UNH) and majored in Food Service
Management. In 1981, I moved out to LA and worked
for Lorimar Productions as a Research Associate for
several years. We studio was known for its TV shows
such as "Dallas", "The Waltons", "Falcon Crest", "Perfect Strangers", "Little House on the Prairie", etc., and other TV mini series.
Join a special free evening of fun at the Discovery Museums in Acton, MA for deaf and hard of hearing children between the ages of 2-14, their siblings, parents, grandparents, and other family members. Saturday November 3, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Pizza and beverages will be served.
Posted Friday October 19 2012 at 5:56 pm
New England Consortium of Artist-Educator Professionals (NECAP) and its local partners, the Rhode Island Foundation and Lesley University are convening gatherings with Nick Rabkin, Principal Investigator, Teaching Artist Research Project, NORC at University of Chicago. Nick will review and discuss the policy implications of his study, the Teaching Artist Research Project (TARP). Boston and Providence are two of the twelve TARP study sites.
Join the dialogue!
November 8 2012, 4-6pm, Rhode Island Foundation, Providence RI
November 9 2012, 2-4pm, Lesley University, Cambridge MA
Posted Tuesday October 16 2012 at 10:27 pm
The Disability Job Fair is a free one-day event that connects employers with outstanding, qualified candidates who are blind or visually impaired. The event is sponsored by Perkins, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Massachusetts Department of Development Services, MAB Community Services, National Braille Press, and the Carroll Center for the Blind.
The Job fair will be held November 8, 2012 from 10am to 1pm at MassChallenge, Inc. in Boston. Visit the Carroll Center's website for more details and to register.
VSA MA Open Door Gallery is proud to present "Creative Valor: Recent Work by American Veterans". The exhibit is a representative group of artworks gleaned from the National Veteran's art exhibit and competition that was juried at the VA Medical Center in Brockton, MA. The juried work was exhibited at the Massachusetts State House before going to the Open Door Gallery of VSA Massachusetts. The exhibit is curated by Jeff Melzack and runs from October 16 through November 9, 2012.
Each year, AAPD recognizes those outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and commitment to the broader disability community. Two emerging as leaders in the cross-disability civil rights movement will each receive $10,000 to help them continue their progress and further connect their work with AAPD’s national outreach. The recipients of the 2012 Hearne Leadership Awards will also star in a short documentary film about their work and have an opportunity to join national disability leaders at the AAPD Leadership Gala in Washington, DC.
The international breakdance crew performs in a program created to inspire and entertain audiences in a positive environment while working to shatter any misconceptions society may have about people with disabilities.
Posted Wednesday October 03 2012 at 11:05 pm
VSA MA will compete online with hundreds of local nonprofits during the first-ever Giving Common Challenge — a 36-hour online giving event starting at 8:00 am Wednesday, October 10th and running through 8:00 pm Thursday, October 11th.
By giving just $25 online you could help VSA MA win $25,000 or more. That's enough to:
- inspire 500 students to sing, draw, dance and act their way into learning in inclusive classrooms
- showcase the work of 5 artists and performers with disabilities
- connect 200 people with disabilities to accessible performances and art shows in Massachusetts
How can you help?
- Spread the word: tell your friends that you are giving to VSA MA during the Giving Common Challenge on October 10th &11th and that you need their help
- Post to your wall on Facebook and reach out to your followers on Twitter and let them know about the impact you are making with your gift to VSA MA
- Share stories of how our work has influenced you
What is the Giving Common? The Giving Common is an online database that provides comprehensive and current information about nonprofit organizations across Massachusetts to help you make informed giving decisions. We invite you to learn more about VSA MA by visiting our Giving Common Profile.
For questions about the Giving Common Challenge, please contact Kati Blair Kotrc, 617-350-7713 x101 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston offers a free American Sign Language tour with no spoken English for adult visitors who are fluent in American Sign Language the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. The next American Sign Language Tour will be held on Wednesday, October 10, at 6:00 p.m.
To participate, pick up a free admission ticket from any cashier (the MFA, Boston is free after 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays) and meet MFA ASL Guide Leon Jerfita at the Sharf Visitor Center a little before 6:00 p.m. Latecomers should check with the staff at the Visitor Desk about the location of the tour.
TYA/USA, the US chapter for professional theatre for young people around the globe, will be holding a webinar on sensory-friendly performances. The hope is to reveal what other groups around the country have done for students who are sensory-sensitive, and where performances for such students might be headed. Panelists will include the Kennedy Center/VSA's Betty Siegel. The webinar will be interactive, so feel free to sign in, and ask your own questions!
Registration is $5 for TYA/USA members and $15 for non-members. For full details and to register visit the TYA/USA website, then click "fall webinars".
Posted Saturday September 29 2012 at 12:32 pm
Please join us at an All Access Pass tour to learn more about our work towards educational and cultural inclusion in the arts. We are hosting tours of VSA Massachusetts as a way to bring our mission to a wider audience. The tour takes no more than one hour. You'll hear a welcome from board and staff members and then take a guided tour of our work. We'll share some inspiring stories about how the arts transform our communities and create opportunities for inclusion.
Upcoming tour dates:
Thursday October 18, 5:45pm Tuesday October 23, 5:45pm Wednesday November 7, 12:00pm Thursday November 29, 5:45pm Tuesday December 11, 12:00pm Wednesday January 16, 5:45pm
People have told us they are inspired by our stories and are impressed by our Open Door Gallery. Daytime and evening hours are available. We can also host a tour if you have a group interested in visiting on a different date.
To reserve a spot and request ASL interpretation or other accommodations, contact Kati Blair Kotrc at 617-350-7713 x101 or email@example.com.
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts announced its commitment to provide American Sign Language
interpreters as one of its many new initiatives. The theatre already offers assistive listening devices which are available at the box office for any performance. In addition, the theatre will also provide two ASL interpreters during each Sunday evening performance in its Broadway Series, starting Sunday, September 30.
A limited number of seats will be available for the following ASL interpreted performances, each at 6:30pm:
Posted Thursday September 27 2012 at 10:09 pm
Opening Minds to the Arts: Investing in Arts Education for a New Generation.
October 19 and 20, 2012.
The conference, presented by the NH State Council on the Arts and partners around the state, brings big thinkers to New Hampshire for an exchange of ideas among school administrators, arts educators, teaching artists, arts advocates, scientists, parents and community arts supporters.
Posted Sunday September 23 2012 at 5:32 pm
Cultural Access New England (CANE) is sponsoring a training session October 4, 2012 from 9:30am - noon with a focus on web accessibility.
More than ever, cultural institutions are relying on their web sites, online and social media and multimedia tour guides to welcome their visitors. Learn how your digital assets and outreach can be fully inclusive to all, including people with disabilities. Two of the country's top experts in the field will be sharing their knowledge, insights and tips, and will take your questions and challenges.
Posted Saturday September 22 2012 at 09:41 am
An exhibit of tSOfi Inbar's photography, Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary, will take place October 2 - 30, 2012 in Newton Free Library's Main Hall, 330 Homer Street. Opening reception is Wednesday, October 3 from 7-8:30pm.
tSOfi's photography explores and rediscovers the world and life around us. By experimenting with unusual perspectives and special angles, changing relative proportions, and capturing reflections, shadows and overlooked details, her images give these visions lives of their own.
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) has scheduled American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performances and Audio Described performances for productions during the 2012-13 season at the Loeb Drama Center. The schedule is as follows:
Jon Sarkin, who exhibited at the Open Door Gallery earlier this year, will create a painting on the spot accompanied by classical guitarist David Patterson Sunday, September 23 2012, 2pm at Singh Performance Center, Alternatives' Whitin Mill, 60 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA.
Jon is exhibiting now through November 16 at Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery, Alternatives' Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville MA. Visit Alternatives' website for more information.
Posted Friday September 14 2012 at 06:49 am
VSA MA is a proud sponsor of the 3rd annual Sheep to Shawl – Llama to Pajama event taking place Saturday October 6 2012, noon – 4pm (rain or shine) at Green Hill Park Farm in Worcester. Live animal shearing at 2pm. Learn to knit, weave, card, spin, felt, and dye using animal fiber!
Help support Sheep to Shawl by attending a New Orleans Jazz Benefit Concert with Nat Needle & Friends Friday September 28 2012, 7pm - 9pm, First Unitarian Church, Worcester.
Posted Monday September 10 2012 at 9:37 pm
Senior at Lesley University, studying expressive arts therapy
Hometown: Rock Hill, SC
What are your favorite pastimes?
"I love to watch documentaries! I also enjoy spontaneous trips to IKEA and reading books in one sitting."
If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?
"I would be Larry the Cucumber from VeggieTales. He gets to do all the ridiculous fun songs and be a superhero. He's also one of the taller vegetables and I've always wanted to be tall."
Posted Sunday September 09 2012 at 9:23 pm
A conference co-sponsored by Hearthstone Alzheimer Care and Hebrew SeniorLife
The ARTZ and Dementia Conference: Innovation, Inclusion & Creative Expression
The opportunity for creative expression through the arts provides people living with dementia an alternative means to communication in a strength-based, process-oriented model. This conference highlights best practices for creative arts programming through experiential workshops with expert leaders in the field.
Posted Tuesday September 04 2012 at 10:28 pm
"Top Shelf", works on paper and canvas, will be exhibited at Webster House Gallery, 20 Webster Place, Brookline Village September 20 through November 15, 2012. Opening reception will take place Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 4 - 6:30 pm.
Webster House provides wellness and recovery support to adults with disabilities through education, work, and social enrichment. Webster House is a program of Vinfen.
For more information, call 617-739-5461 or email Infofirstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester will exhibit 135 works of art produced over the last 20 years at the leading centers for artists with disabilities in the U.S. The exhibition, titled "Create," honors the history of three pioneering arts programs in California and celebrates the talent of the remarkable individuals whose work is featured. The exhibit will be presented in two installments: Aug. 29 - Oct. 6 and Oct. 22 - Dec. 8, 2012.
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents James Durbin Monday, August 27th at 6pm. Watch a live webcast of this Millennium Stage performance.
The singer and guitarist, widely known for his fourth place finish on the 10th season of American Idol, rocks the stage with his heavy rock sound and powerhouse vocals. Since then, James Durbin, 22, released his Wind-Up Records debut album, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, which is an intricate lattice of all factions and facets of rock. Mr. Durbin, who lives with Asperger's Syndrome and Tourette's Syndrome, co-wrote five of the 11 songs. He has been afforded opportunities to work with his favorite band, Swedish cult heroes Hardcore Superstar, and with legendary Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars on his album’s song, "Outcast". Mr. Durbin recently toured at several venues across California and Arizona.
Posted Wednesday August 22 2012 at 07:09 am
Kelsey Carroll lived with homelessness, self-mutilation and ADHD. She was a poster child for high school dropouts - until she encountered an education revolution that's about empowering, not overpowering, teens with emotional/behavioral disabilities.
Posted Saturday August 18 2012 at 05:33 am
"Start with the Arts" and "Start with the Arts at Home" are instructional programs created by VSA for pre-school and early elementary school learners that uses the arts to assist young children, including those with disabilities, in exploring themes commonly taught in early childhood classrooms. Originally published 2003 and 2004, the books have been out-of-print for a few years but are now available as free PDFs, thanks to The Kennedy Center.
Posted Wednesday August 15 2012 at 8:53 pm
VSA Massachusetts is seeking college and graduate students who are interested in interning with our COOL Schools program or in our development department. We currently have opportunities in Boston for the 2012-13 school year.
VSA MA recently completed the process required to have our profile published with Giving Common, an initiative of the Boston Foundation. The Giving Common is a free online resource to inform data-driven, strategic philanthropic activities. In-depth information is provided about nonprofit organizations working to enhance communities across Massachusetts.
When mental illness comes home, the entire family has special needs.
New York Writer/Actress Anne Pasquale, originally from Rhode Island, has written a play to capture her experience living with her brother Bob and his mental illness. The one woman show "promises to shed light on the lives of folks with disabilities and those who love them."
In "BOB: Blessed Be the Dysfunction That Binds" Anne invites you to meet her special needs brother, Bob, and her family. Share in the craziness, laughter, tears and triumphs that highlight this coming of age journey.
Posted Saturday August 11 2012 at 08:08 am
The Assistive Technology Regional Center (ATRC) will host a free Open House with hands-on opportunities to see and try out various academic tools such as Kurzweill 3000, Livescribe Pulse Pen, WordQ, text to speech software, various eBook readers including the iPad 2 and Kindle, talking calculators, digital recorders, and Acrobat. This is a drop-in event for anyone who would like to learn more about how they might better aid a student's learning with assistive technology. Staff members will be available for questions and assistance.
Where: Easter Seals ATRC, 89 South Street, Boston (Across the lobby from the Open Door Gallery)
Time: Wednesday, September 5 from 10:00-12:00 pm and 2:00-4:00 pm
Elly Rubin, Museum of Fine Arts Coordinator of Access from 1978 - 2002, recently had an artists' book she created acquired by the Boston Athenæum. "Blind: Seeking Refuge 1937" is about Elly's uncle Joseph Levi, a blind pianist and composer who immigrated to America from Germany in 1937.
The Boston Athenæum is a membership library that first opened its doors in 1807. It has more than 600,000 titles in its collection which includes maps, manuscripts, rare books, and archival materials. Elly's book will reside in the Athenæum's collection of one-of-a kind books by contemporary artists.
Read more about Elly Rubin and "Blind: Seeking Refuge 1937" by visiting her online journal.
The Museum of Science needs your help in accessibility-related exhibit evaluation! We are currently gathering feedback about several of our new exhibits in order to improve the museum experience for visitors with disabilities. Scheduled for this testing are exhibits about energy conservation, the science of Pixar, and health & human biology.
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents Blessing Offor Saturday, August 11th at 6pm.
The soul/R&B singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was a participant on Bravo's Platinum Hit and is a 2010 VSA International Young Soloists Award recipient whose diverse mix of sounds draws on influences from across the music spectrum. All are welcome to watch a live webcast of the Millennium Stage Performance.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents an ASL performance of "Coriolanus" at the Boston Common, Saturday August 11, 2012 at 8pm. The play charts the rise and fall of a powerful general as he battles enemies abroad, and a tide of popularity at home in Rome. While the war hero triumphs in the field, it's his struggle with politics, responsibility and government that threatens to undo him.
Access to Theatre (ATT), a program of Partners for Youth with Disabilities, in partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA), Until Tomorrow Productions, and VSA Massachusetts, will again take up residence at the Boston Center for the Arts this summer. During a three-week residency, ATT will work with an inclusive group of youth with and without disabilities to create an original production that will include improvisation, stories, dance/movement and music to share with the public on Friday, August 10th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, in the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.
I Am a Part of Art, Community Access to the Arts' annual art show opening reception and poetry reading takes place in the CATA Studio Gallery Sunday, July 29th from 2 to 4 pm. A poetry reading, featuring work from writing classes led by Sonia Pilcer & Carol Stroll, begins at 2:30 by guest readers Diane Prusha & Barby Cardillo. The exhibit is FREE to the public.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities invite you to a free event for children, families, and individuals of all abilities featuring a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new accessible path on City Hall Plaza. There will also be advocacy opportunities to meet your elected officials. Thursday, July 26 2012, 12 noon – 3 p.m., Boston City Hall Plaza.
VSA & Accessibility Department of The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents "More of Our Parts", six new plays about disability in 70 minutes, in celebration of the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Please join VSA Massachusetts at our next All Access Pass tour to learn more about our work towards educational and cultural inclusion in the arts. We are now hosting tours of VSA Massachusetts as a way to bring our mission to a wider audience. The tour takes no more than one hour. Guests hear a welcome from a board and staff member and then take a guided tour of our work. We will share some inspiring stories about how the arts transform our communities and create opportunities for inclusion.
People have told us they are inspired by our stories and are impressed by our Open Door Gallery. Daytime and evening hours are available. We can also host a tour if you have a group interested in visiting on a different date
To reserve a spot and request ASL interpretation or other accommodations, contact Kati Blair Kotrc at 617-350-7713 x101 or email@example.com.
VSA MA is located at the NonProfit Center at 89 South St, Boston, MA 02111, just past the corner of Essex St. We are one block from South Station on the MBTA Red Line.
Posted Wednesday July 11 2012 at 10:14 am
Dear Blog Reader,
As the summer starts to heat up I am happy to reflect on the successful introduction of our COOL Schools program! The name comes from our belief that inclusion happens best when schools have a Creative Outlook On Learning. Through the unique power of the arts, student abilities are revealed and school communities transform.
The Arts & Business Council's Art Lending Program seeks to forge greater connections between the business and arts communities by bringing original artwork by local artists into Boston’s workplaces. Submission Guidelines (PDF Download)
Lives Worth Living, The Great Fight for Disability Rights, a film by Eric Neudel. This fascinating documentary about the disability rights movement in the U.S. will be followed by an open audience discussion led by the Director, Eric Neudel and Co-Producer, Alison Gilkey. ASL interpreted, audio described and close captioned.
Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 2 PM - 4:30 PM
Cambridge Citywide Senior Center
806 Massachusetts Avenue
Posted Friday June 15 2012 at 3:42 pm
The VSA MA Student of the Month award celebrates the accomplishments of students who have exhibited significant artistic, social or academic growth throughout their participation in the VSA MA teaching artist program. Alex received his Student of the Month certificate and a book, The Dot, by Peter Reynolds at an awards ceremony at Adams Elementary today.
The Open Door Gallery presents Marian Brown: Fabrics of Meaning June 18, 2012 - August 31, 2012
Opening reception takes place Tuesday June 19, 2012 4 - 7 pm. At 6 pm, Edward Clapp, founder & editor of 20UNDER40: Re-Inventing the Arts and Arts Education for the 21st Century, will moderate a conversation with the artist on the genesis of the project, her use of studio art as a cathartic healing mechanism and her current work.
The Artistic Process
In the spring of 2009 Marian sent out a letter to family and friends asking for everyone to contribute to an upcoming "family tree" project by sending in a "fiber of meaning." This entailed every family member sending in a piece of cotton clothing, which they deemed as emotionally significant.
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The Boston Globe published this photo of VSA MA board member Sidewalk Sam with artist Marguerite McDonald and poet Marylou DiPietro who collaborated to create "Snow on the Brain: Living with Multiple Sclerosis" which exhibited at the Open Door Gallery from March 19 - June 8, 2012.
The MFA, Boston, has added ASL to its languages on the Multimedia highlights tour. This tour, on an iPod touch platform, looks at over 125 pieces of artwork from all parts of the Museum. Visitors who are Deaf may borrow the guide for free to tour the Museum any time the Museum is open.
Company One will host an ASL Community Event featuring LOVE PERSON playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil and production team members. The conversation, followed by discussion with the audience, will be live-streamed on Howlround.com’s NewPlayTV channel, and will be interpreted in American Sign Language.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) Universal Access Program (UAP) will offer a free fun-filled day of celebrating Accessible Outdoor Recreation available for individuals, families and friends of people with disabilities.
Love Person is a transcendent four-part love story told in Sanskrit, American Sign Language, English and email. Two couples are rocked to their cores when love unexpectedly transcends sexual orientation, physical attraction, and social structures.
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.
Cahner's Theater at the Museum of Science, Boston August 22, 2012 at 6:15 p.m. FREE but tickets are required Contact RSVP@vsamass.org to reserve your seat.
Adrian Anantawan, a celebrated violin soloist has assembled a duet to perform a concert by composers with disabilities in the style known as Inclusive by Design. The performance will include each composer’s story and music will be interpreted in American Sign Language as well as captioned. Additionally, the performance will include an interpretive mural painted live on stage by painting performance artist Nancy Ostrovsky. All of the performance elements will be audio described by renowned describer Celia Hughes.
VSA MA has partnered with The Kennedy Center to bring the 2012 "Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability" Conference (LEAD) to Boston August 21 - 24, 2012. Events will take place at The Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, and other locations throughout Boston. Complete details are available at The Kennedy Center's website.
Posted Monday April 30 2012 at 7:05 pm
The Harvard Educational Review is now accepting stories through June 1, 2012 from children, youth, and adult arts learners for its upcoming special issue "Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education".