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  • Meet the Intern: Alessandra Ruhoy

    Posted Wednesday February 07 2018 at 11:00 pm in Call For Artists

    Alessandra Ruhoy

    Hey!  My name is Alessandra Ruhoy!  I go to school at Learning Prep School in West Newton and I would love to be an actress when I grow up.

    What are your favorite pastimes?
          "I love to laugh, play the drums, work on my original comics, have movie nights, sing karaoke, and dance."

    If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?
          "I have been working on an original comic and there is a character who is based on me."

    You are trapped on an island.  What three items do you want to have with you?
          "I would like to have a blanket, a heat source, and some sort of boat so I could get off the island."

    Do you have any uncommon talents or quirks?
          "Once I start laughing, it takes a while until I stop!  I also have a lot of energy and ability to talk a lot so my friends wonder when I'll ever grow tired!"

    What brings you to VSA?
          "I am here at VSA because I think it's a great experience to have.  It's my first real job and it's an opportunity to further develop my computer and office skills while working with a great organization."

    What are you doing during your internship?
          "During my internship I'll be working in the office on projects related to COOL Schools."

    Meet the Teaching Artist - Shannon Feeney

    Posted Tuesday January 30 2018 at 9:21 pm in Education

    Shannon Feeney in the classroom
    One on one demonstration during mask making lesson.

    I am a teaching artist.  As a teaching artist, I employ a design process in the classroom.  The students and I research, plan, execute, revise, celebrate and envision each lesson together.  The purpose of this process is to help my students foster a deeper connection to their own creativity and imagination, thus encouraging further exploration and expansion of their own artistic appreciation, interests, and pursuits.

    Ms. Feeney modeling wearable art by a student
    Ms. Feeney modeling wearable art by a nine year old student.

    I am currently in a yearlong visual arts internship at the Dr. William W. Henderson K-12 Inclusion School, Lower Campus in Boston.  My students range from 3 to 6 years of age.  Henderson provides an enhanced arts experience and the school delivers support and enrichment based on an individual student's needs.  It's truly a magical environment, where a student's positive interactions and school/community service are celebrated.

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    And Our New Director of Programs is . . . (drum roll please)

    Posted Tuesday January 16 2018 at 11:52 pm in News

    Portia Abernathy Brown

    The VSA MA family is thrilled to welcome Portia Abernathy Brown to the team, as our new Director of Programs!  In this new position, Portia will be overseeing programming both in our Education and Cultural Inclusion programs, as well as supporting development efforts.

    Personally and professionally, Portia is committed to VSA's mission to promote the meaningful inclusion of all people in our cultural community and could not be more excited to have the opportunity to do the work she loves with a team that shares her enthusiasm and passion.

    Portia was inspired early on by a family member with a disability to pursue a career in special education.  She began working for Denver Public Schools as an Affective Needs teacher for students with Social and Emotional disabilities.  In the classroom, she drew on her own background and students' interests to infuse the arts into the curriculum to deepen learning, increase engagement, support self-expression, and connect with general education peers.  It was clear from those experiences how powerful the arts are as levers for equity, access, community, creativity, learning, and inclusion.

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