the Arts | Allen Ginsberg
Poetry Program | Artistic
Cultural Community P-ART-nership
| Chance to Dance
Legacy Program | Monday
Night Music | Sightlines
| VSA arts Reach |
Artist & Arts Resource
VSA arts with RISD Museum
VSA arts Rhode Island, in collaboration
with the RI Department of Education, provides arts programming
for special education and at-risk students in grades
K-12 at approximately two- dozen school sites per year.
Professional artists-in-residence work with children
in the visual, literary, and performing arts. The programs
are individually designed to meet the needs of students,
enhance existing educational objectives, and provide
educators with professional development in the arts.
VSA arts Rhode Island maintains an
ongoing student exhibition at the RI Department of Education's
headquarters in downtown Providence to showcase the
variety of artwork produced in the Access the Arts residencies
and increase exposure for the talents of these student
artists. This program expands awareness of the importance
of arts in education.
For more information: Access
the Arts guidelines and application
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Program
VSA arts Rhode Island provides poetry workshops for
adults with developmental
disabilities, conducted by professional poets, at a
variety of community sites throughout Rhode Island.
A statewide poetry competition is sponsored annually
with Blackstone Valley RI ARC. The first place recipient
is given the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize. Additionally,
VSA arts works with Rhode Island poets to participate
in the International “One Heart, One World”
Exhibition and other national poetry events.
VSA arts Rhode Island, in collaboration with community
galleries, presents exhibitions of artwork created by
both emerging and established adult RI artists with
disabilities, and sponsors artist receptions that engage
the general public. These exhibitions provide programmatic
services vital to artists’ professional development.
more exhibition details
Cultural Community P-ART-nership
VSA arts Rhode Island provides mini-grants and other
direct assistance to community agencies throughout the
state. These services and support directly increase
people with disabilities’ opportunities in the
arts. They also form a bridge between cultural and disability
organizations, thus increasing accessibility and facilitating
inclusion in arts and arts education.
Chance to Dance
VSA arts Rhode Island, in partnership with Dance
Alliance, provides support to Chance to Dance, enabling
it to expand its statewide educational arts program
to include more students with disabilities. All children
involved in this inclusive model program create, learn,
and rehearse a dance and perform it in a culminating
weekend of shows at the Providence Performing Arts Center
that attracts an audience of approximately 5,000.
VSA arts Rhode Island’s festivals are free,
multi-arts celebrations held in partnership with leading
RI community organizations that bring together
artists, children, and adults of all ages and abilities.
Festivals include "Arts, Artists & Athletes"
in collaboration with the RI Special Olympic Games on
the campus of the University of Rhode Island; the "Fabulous
Fall Fiber Festival" held mid-September in collaboration
with Rhode Island's Convergence; and the Labor Day Weekend
"Rhythm & Roots Festival" held at Ninigret
Park with Langiappe Productions. As an active
participant on the planning committees, VSA arts Rhode Island works to assure that all activities are
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Monday Night Music
& Tuesday Nite Dance
VSA arts Rhode Island sponsors music and dance classes for
adults with developmental disabilities in sessions of
six-week classes scheduled throughout the year. Each
class includes both appreciation and instruction
in a variety of musical and dance styles.
Accessible Rhode Island
VSA arts Rhode Island’s Accessible Rhode Island initiative provides consultation, workshops,
and other assistance to theaters, museums, cultural
venues and recreational sites throughout RI in collaboration with the MS support group Dare To Dream. The initiative directly improves access and
increases inclusion of people with disabilities by conducting outreach
to and site surveys for listing
in the Accessible Rhode Island Guide, available in hard copy print and on the web. This serves to encourage greater participation
by people with disabilities in the cultural life of
the community, to provide the artistic and operational
directors of RI's cultural venues with both practical
information and direct assistance in how to improve
and increase their accessibility. Currently over 300 locations are listed in the guide.
VSA arts Rhode Island works with summer programs
statewide to provide quality arts experiences to children
with disabilities. At sites, including the RI Youth
Guidance Center's Camp SummerSprout and Brown University's
Camp SteppingStone, VSA arts Rhode Island provides
a variety activities to children with learning and/or
behavioral disorders, and for children with HIV/AIDS
and their siblings.
VSA arts Reach
VSA arts Rhode Island conducts a variety of workshops,
demonstrations, and consulting services on physical and programmatic
accessibility, disability awareness training, and arts education with inclusion techniques. Information provided ranges from a general
VSA arts of Rhode Island program overview to how accessibility
is achieved in specific VSA arts Rhode Island arts
activities. VSA arts Rhode Island also partners with the RI Arts Learning Network in developing the State of Rhode Island's Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements in the Arts.
VSA Artist & Arts Resource
VSA arts Rhode Island maintains a roster of artists
and art therapists who have both a strong background
in their art form and extensive experience working with
children and adults with disabilities. VSA arts Rhode
Island also produces a cultural arts resource directory
that includes all artistic disciplines. This directory
provides referrals for interested agencies and individuals
throughout the state as they design or implement independent
on artist roster details
VSA arts connects with RISD Museum
VSA arts Rhode Island sponsors art classes for adults
with developmental disabilities in collaboration with
the RISD Museum of Art. Sessions of six-week classes are held throughout the
Museum’s galleries. Classes include art history
and the basics of drawing, painting, and sculpture.
Additionally, RISD students work as artist assistants
to the VSA arts Rhode Island professional arts educators
and receive professional development in teaching and
conducting arts programming for adults with a wide variety
of developmental and physical disabilities. Each session
culminates in a reception and exhibition of participants’
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VSA arts Rhode Island works to fascilitate local Rhode Island students to submit works to the national office of VSA in Washington, D.C in the following programs.
Driven: A Call For Art
VSA and Volkswagon join together for a national juried exhibition for young artists with disabilities ages 16-25.
There is no entry fee, all artwork must be original and have been completed in the last three years. Prizes include
$6,000 for Second Award, $10,000 for First Award and $20,000 for Grand Prize. Twelve awards of excellence will also be given
out for $2,000. Deadline for applications is in July.
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The Playwright Discovery Program challenges middle and high school students of all abilities to look around them and
examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, through the art of writing a one-act play. The writer
of the selected script will travel to Washington, D.C to view a production of their play produced by VSA and presented
at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, the winning playwright will receive $2,000 and possible
mentoring opportunities. Deadline for applications is in April.
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Young Soloists Award
The Young Soloists Award is open to any individual musician age 25 and under with a disability. Musical ensembles
(2-8 members) will be accepted, but in order to be eligible at least one member of the ensemble must have a disability, and
all members must fulfill the age requirement. All genres of music will be accepted. Winners will be chosen by a distinguished panel of music professionals, and will receive $5,000 and an opportunity to perform in Washington, D.C
Deadline for applicants in the United States is in November, and for International applicants, December.
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Call For Writing
The VSA Writing Project Call for Writing is open to students with disabilities and
students with connections to people with disabilities, ages 11-18 years. All writing must
be original and created by the student submitting the entry. Fiction and non-fiction
should not exceed 500 words. Poems should not exceed 100 lines. Deadline for applications
is in December.
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The Williamstown Theatre Apprenticeship is open to students with a disability, ages 19-24, interested in expanding their theatre education and knowledge. A professional theatre in
Williamstown, Massachusetts, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, offers 70 promising students classes in acting, voice and movement. As well as opportunities to learn about
the different aspects of running a professional theatre company. Deadline for applications
is in February.
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If you or someone you know is interested in any of these programs, give us a call here
at VSA arts RI at (401) 725-0247