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November 2016 Archive

31 Nights of Light Event Honoring NTI

Posted Saturday November 26 2016 at 4:15 pm in News

31 Nights of Light Logo

December 3rd, 2016 is the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities!  The Prudential Center in Boston will honor the National Telecommuting Institute (NTI) for their achievements in placing Americans with Disabilities in the workplace.

The gala event will showcase a series of music, art, autograph sessions, technology demonstrations and presentations by dignitaries.  One of the speakers is VSA's good friend Jon Sarkin who exhibited twice at the Open Door Gallery.

The event is free and open to the public, will be held in the Atrium of the Prudential Building on December 3, 2016 between 4:30-7:30 pm.  More information and detailed schedule is available at NTI's website.

Meet the Teaching Artist: Faith Johnson

Posted Saturday November 26 2016 at 3:16 pm in Education

Faith Johnson

I am a community artist who uses both individual and collaborative art making and mixed mediums to create and facilitate installation, 2D, 3D, interactive sculpture, and fiber based artwork.  I believe by engaging students in creative processes using a wide range of conventional and non-conventional materials students begin to see everything as having expressive potential.  My projects encircle content from the inside out, connecting the student first with self then in relation to community and the greater world and universe beyond.  Using these approaches helps students access their individual voice in relation to the greater whole while seeing everything around them as potential material and inspiration.  It is my hope that this invitation to engage creatively with the world unfolds into opportunities for students to become more deeply invested in themselves, their communities, and the world around them.

Currently, I am working with high school students through VSA Cool Schools.  The collaboration begins with meeting the teacher to get a clear understanding of their expectations and where their students are in terms of experience with art making techniques and materials.  I then build projects that first, meet the students where they are artistically and second, connect the projects to their academic goals.  Once I prepare a project I communicate directly with the teacher to ensure the success of the project and to create any adaptations needed before the class begins.  It is my hope that each student will have the opportunity to explore new materials, expand upon familiar techniques, and find new and exciting ways to express their creative light in the world.

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Second Annual Santa's Special Kids Event in Hopkinton

Posted Friday November 18 2016 at 5:45 pm in News

Santa's Special Kids

Semi-private event for children with special or mental health needs.
​Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Professional Photo with Digital File
Cookies & Hot Chocolate
​​Siblings and Families Welcome
Accessible, Quieter, Indoor Location
​Entirely Free

Saturday December 3, 2016 from 1:30 - 3pm
Golden Pond Assisted Living
​50 W. Main Street
​Hopkinton, MA 01748

Advance registration required
Space is limited

Open Captioned, Audio Described, and ASL Performances of "Something Rotten!"

Posted Wednesday November 16 2016 at 1:09 pm in Cultural Inclusion

Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play.  When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL!

Something Rotten! is Broadway's big, fat hit!  (New York Post).

With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is The Producers + The Book of Mormon x The Drowsy Chaperone.  Squared!  (New York Magazine).

Open Captioned
Saturday January 21, 2017 at 2pm

Audio Described
Sunday January 22, 2017 at 1pm

ASL Interpreted
Saturday January 28, 2017 at 2pm

Tickets starting at $44
Look for and use the promo code at each link
All performances at Boston Opera House
539 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

ASL Interpreted Live Performance of "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" at Boston Children's Museum

Posted Tuesday November 08 2016 at 9:32 pm in Cultural Inclusion

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

Join Boston Children's Museum for a live performance of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" by Boston Conservatory students.  This 50 minute play celebrating courage and heroism is recommended for children ages 6 and up.

November 11, 2016  1:00pm  ASL-Interpreted
Free with paid Museum admission.

For more information, visit the Museum website or contact:
Saki Iwamoto, Health and Wellness Educator

Symposium on Art for Cultural Inclusion

Posted Thursday November 03 2016 at 11:01 pm in Cultural Inclusion

Art for Cultural Inclusion

Co-hosted by Arts Connect International and UMass Boston, this innovative symposium showcases the work of ACI's artists, local artists, as well as some of the talent of the UMass Boston community – through the lens of inclusion.  The symposium will feature important dialogues and different artistic workshops, all provided myriad local arts leaders.  The goal is to catalyze conversations on inclusion and address the cultural equity gap in our Boston community and beyond, by promoting cross-sector and multi-disciplinary approaches to building and supporting inclusive communities.

The day will include TEDx-Style presentations, panel discussions, artistic workshops across multiple disciplines, community yoga, and an artists' mingle for celebrations of life and inclusion.

November 22, 2016  12–7PM
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Campus Center
Boston, MA 02125

Sign up here.

If seeking accommodations please email