Welcome

to the State Organization on Arts and Disability

About Us

About Us

WHO WE ARE

A story of commitment and preciseness

VSA Michigan promotes creativity in people with disabilities by creating an inclusive society where they may participate in, learn through, excel in, and enjoy the arts.

 

History


VSA Michigan (VSAMI) is a member of the network of VSA – The International Organization on Arts and Disability, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith, VSA -The International Organization on Arts and Disability has been designated by the U.S. Congress as the nation’s coordinating agency for arts programs for people with disabilities. www.vsarts.org

Since 1977, VSA Michigan has worked to create a society with access and opportunities for children and adults with disabilities so they may experience growth through the arts. We continue to provide guidance to organizations, teachers, and families to help them create inclusive and accessible experiences through the arts. Our constituents expand their horizons through VSA Michigan programs and services including, but not limited to classroom workshops, after-school programs, neighborhood revitalization projects, art exhibitions, and festivals conducted by professional artists and creative therapists.

From one small office in 1977, we incorporated in 1986, and have grown to include multiple affiliates and partners throughout the state to help facilitate our mission. We are indebted to the hundreds of volunteers that help us to reach nearly 7,500 individuals on an annual basis.

Principles

Principles

Our Guiding Principles

We strongly believe in guiding principles

These are the principals that help us succeed in helping every individual achieve their artistic dreams and to achieve their own personal goals .



 

      • We respect people and focus on their abilities, not their disabilities.

 

      • We believe that the arts promote understanding and communication among all people.

 

      • We believe that the arts in many forms enhance an individual’s humanity.

 

      • We believe that the arts are more than a product; they are a process.

 

      • Every person deserves access to appropriate learning experiences in the arts.

 

      • All artists in schools should be appropriately prepared to include students with disabilities in their instruction.

 

      • All children, youth and adults with disabilities should have complete access to community cultural facilities and activities.

 

      • All individuals with disabilities who aspire to careers in the arts should have the opportunity to develop skills.

 

 

Programs

Programs

Our Programs

Engage. Create. Empower.

VSA Michigan offers these exciting programs in the counties of Michigan. Donation, grant and sponsorship dollars go directly into these opportunities for our participants. We strive to promote the creative power in persons with disabilities through the visual and performing arts by providing the following programs:

VSA of Michigan

Artist In
Residence

VSA Michigan work with educators to integrate many different visual, language, and physical arts in both general and special education classrooms.
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VSA of Michigan

artsJAM
Our Model Program

This program provides high school aged youth with disabilities the opportunity to experience the arts while building life and pre-vocational skills.
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VSA of Michigan

Emerging Artists' Touring Exhibition

Each year, VSA Michigan solicits artwork created by youth and adults with disabilities for the annual EART. The exhibit travels throughout Michigan.
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Services

Services

BEST FROM US

Here is what we can promise you

VSA Michigan provides guidance to organizations, teachers, and families to help them create inclusive and accessible experiences in the arts. Since 1978, our constituents have expanded their horizons through VSA Michigan classroom workshops, art exhibitions, and festivals conducted by professional artists and creative arts therapists. VSA Michigan affiliate programming includes after-school art classes, in-school artists in residency, and public awareness events and festivals.

VSA of Michigan

Consulting

We provide research, analysis and planning support help. Our arts and cultural activities for people with disabilities help strengthen communities — and vice versa.

VSA of Michigan

Accessibility

As part of our mission to make art universally accessible, we’re committed to making accessibility a reality, especially for those with disabilities.

VSA of Michigan

Development

We make it a priority to assess and improve skill sets, and helping to increase our members value to organizations and enhance their future career prospects..

News

News

LATEST NEWS FROM VSA MICHIGAN

Our latest news and events.

The latest news and updates from the VSA of Michigan.



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Portfolio

Portfolio

OUR BEST WORKS

A featured collection of our events

Artists within Michigan are invited to become part of VSA arts of Michigan programs. Artist services are requested, as funds are available. Join us today and find out how rewarding it can be to explore your creativity with others who believe in the power of the arts!

Artist in Residence – Northeast

Artist in Residence – Northeast

artsJam Mott Adult High School

artsJam Mott Adult High School

artsJAM

artsJAM

artsJAM

Oak House

Oak House

Adult Student Learning

Event

Event

Jazz on Wheels

Event

Event

Show and Share Reception

Event

Event

Gordon Sasaki - Universal Design

Event

Event

Event

Southeast Festival

Southeast Festival

Event

Southeast Festival

Southeast Festival

Southeast Festival - Detroit

Event

Event

Events

Events

Event

Event

Event

Event

Event

Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Art

Art

Southeast Festival

Southeast Festival

Group Art

Event

Event

Musical Learning

Musical Learning

African Drums

Contact

Contact

GET IN TOUCH WITH US

We would love to hear from you!

VSA Michigan

111 E. Kirby St. Suite A
Detroit, MI 48202
PHONE: 313.870.9624
FAX: 313.870.9625

Headquarters

VSA Michigan
111 E. Kirby St. Suite A
Detroit, MI 48202

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