Welcome

to the State Organization on Arts and Disability

About Us

About Us

WHO WE ARE

Promoting creative power in people with disabilities

VSA Michigan promotes creative power in people with disabilities and works to create an inclusive society where people with disabilities participate in, learn through, excel in and enjoy the arts.

 

Since 1977, VSA Michigan – The State Organization on Arts and Disability has demonstrated the need for arts education, and has increased opportunities for experiences and training within educational and community programs for individuals with disabilities.  Activities in all arts disciplines include classes and workshops for children, youth and adults conducted by professional artists and creative arts therapists, professional training for artists, educators and others, performances and exhibitions of art created by people with disabilities, and information regarding the American with Disabilities Act and its impact on arts and culture in the State of Michigan.

 

VSA Michigan is an affiliate of the international network of the VSA and Accessibility Department of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  VSA was founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith, and has been designated by the U.S. Congress as the nation’s coordinating agency for arts programs for people with disabilities.  Millions of people participate in VSA programs each year through a network of affiliates in the U.S. and over 55 countries worldwide.

 

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 partners with intermediate and local school districts throughout Michigan to offer the following programs. VSAMI staff assists in making connections with related programs and financial resources within host communities.

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Artist In
Residence

VSA Michigan works with educators to infuse the arts into the general education and special education curricula.
 
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Gallery & Studio 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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Emerging Artists Touring Exhibition

Each year VSA Michigan solicits artwork created by children, youth and adults with disabilities and tours the exhibit throughout the state.
 
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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.

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Consulting

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

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Accessibility

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

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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 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 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

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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
Lora Frankel, Interim Executive Director

Headquarters

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

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