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  • Call for Socially Engaged Art

    Posted Tuesday November 06 2018 at 11:34 pm in Call For Artists

    Call for socially engaged art

    The Open Door Gallery centers narratives and works by artists that identify as part of the disability community, inviting conversations on inclusion, equity and intersectional justice through the arts.  Operated by VSA Massachusetts, the State Organization on Art and Disability, the Open Door Gallery is centrally located near South Station, in the NonProfit Center.

    We are thrilled to announce that in 2019 we will open up the gallery for community and artist collaboration.  To that end, we welcome applications from individual artists, artist collectives, or organizations to share their work at the gallery.

    Applications will be accepted November 5 - December 12, 2018 and will be reviewed by a gallery advisory committee.  Selected shows will be notified January 5, 2019.

    Please help us spread the word to your networks!

    Questions or concerns can be directed to VSA MA's Communications and Gallery Associate, Ali Blake, via: ali@vsamass.org

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    Job Opening! - Partners for Youth with Disabilities

    Posted Monday November 05 2018 at 3:30 pm in News

    Partners for Youth with Disabilities

    Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) has a new job opening and they've asked us to spread the word.  PYD is committed to equal opportunity and the diversity of their workforce, and strongly encourages diverse applicants to apply.

    Position and description: YEP Career Readiness Program Specialist

    PYD website: www.pyd.org

    Meet the Program Fellow - Lindsay Tanner

    Posted Sunday October 14 2018 at 4:25 pm in Education

    Lindsay Tanner - Program Fellow

    What are your favorite pastimes?
          "Being in nature - hiking, camping, and swimming in any body of water I find.  I also love traveling and have been lucky enough to get to travel a lot for gigs!  And taking advantage of all the arts offerings in NYC, where I've been based."

    If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?
          "I love Winnie the Pooh.  It'd be great to live in the forest with all my friends (and eating lots of honey wouldn't be too bad either)."

    You are trapped on an island.  What three items do you want to have with you?
          "A copy of Shakespeare's Complete Works, scuba gear, and my trusty, indestructible two-person tent."

    Do you have any uncommon talents or quirks?
          "Pigeons are my favorite animal!  They’re not rats with wings, they're rock doves.  Don't judge - Charles Darwin and Nikola Tesla loved them too..."
          "Doing lots of outdoor summer theatre has honed my ability to perform while being swarmed by bugs.  The worst is when you're lying dead onstage and they’re biting your face and you can't do anything about it... "

    What brings you to VSA?
          "I'm currently a master's candidate in the Arts in Education program at HGSE, and I met Mia last spring at Lincoln Center's symposium on arts & autism!  I've been working as a theatre artist and educator for the past ten years, most recently building an arts program for a therapeutic school in Manhattan, and I believe the arts are a crucial tool for creating a more just and equitable society.  I'm excited to work with and learn from the VSA team and develop my capacity to be of service as an artist-educator."

    What are you doing during your fellowship?
          "I'll be working with Mia on the management and operations side of COOL Schools, tracking data and managing family communication, designing programs and community events, and working on professional development for teachers.  I can't wait to dive in!"