VSA arts of Massachusetts, Inc.

Rating: 4.95 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education

Location: The NonProfit Center 89 South Street Boston MA 02111 USA

Mission: To promote inclusion of people with disabilitiesin our communities and develop effective arts-based teaching strategies thatallow students with and without disabilities to learn together.
Geographic areas served: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Programs: VSAM addresses the need for equal access to education, the arts and cultural experiences for people with disabilities. Unique artist residencies are designed for schools that are using the arts to improve instruction and learning for all of their students. Approximately 3000 students and 150 teachers in Massachusetts participate. VSAM also offers in-service professional development for teachers and publishes a guide for teachers who want to use the visual and performing arts in the classroom called the Multi Arts Resource Guide. Participatory arts festivals are offered for integrated groups of students, including workshops in dance, music, drama and visual arts. 

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fabulous organization that believes in improving and supporting the artistic and educational life experience for all, including those with disabilities.

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2012

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VSA Arts of Massachusetts is a leader in universal design practice for performances, which they have coined as "Inclusive By Design" They have partnered with my presenting organization, (one of the Major Dance Presenters in the region), to insure the widest possible inclusion and best possible experiential opportunities for audiences with disabilities. They area a mean, lean and passionate organization, and an effective partner in the Boston arts community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their effective management in artist residencies, audience participation, and national leadership

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Skilled and passionate about the mission to serve persons with disabilities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Nothing is more empowering than someone believing in you and treating you with respect. As an artist, I have received empowering support and mentoring from VSA for several years. VSA has given me a touchstone, a team member for brainstorming, help working through situations to positive outcomes, and put me in touch with educational resources within the local art community. I have also attended VSA programs, including an inspirational performance, a workshop and a day-long symposium for artists. VSA recognizes that art enriches our culture and helped me enrich my life as an artist.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Long term support and energizing reinforcement

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

With more funding, they could help more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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12 people found this review helpful

I started my involvement with VSA of Ma. Inc. about 5 years ago and have been most satisfied with the results of the ongoing support. VSA empowered me to start my own home-based weaving company, 'Angel Weaving'. I have been able to generate a modest income from this endeavor and I thank VSA of Ma. Inc. for their invaluble input. I also enjoy attending the receptions of the artists they have chosen to spotlight. Keep up the good work!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own home-based business.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

ongoing support.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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VSAM does a great job bringing the arts to everyone. Recently I attended educational and cultural conversations they hosted. Was a great way to meet and talk with other art lovers with disabilities. They also often host artist exhibit and receptions, which are great!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting others, and experiencing fabulous creativity and art of fellow people with disabilities

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring the arts to inspire more and more people!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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12 people found this review helpful

VSA Arts of Massachusetts is a wonderful organization that enriches the learning process of children with & without disabilties by helping them tap into their creativity! :-) Maureen Finnerty

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with people who genuinely care about the participants in their programs. :-)

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About every week

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2010-2-01

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11 people found this review helpful

VSA has come to our nature center in Worcester and done an absolutely marvelous job setting up a day long series of activites and workshops working hand and hand with our staff at Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. We are extremely impressed with their staff and expertise. We are very proud to be associated.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

serving young people with disabilities and in helping our staff learn skills to better serve broader populations.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that our staff serve as well as learn.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

have been outstanding.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

partner with others like us and so even more...much more.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

VSA Arts of Massachusetts truly enables students across the Commonwealth to experience the joy of expression through art. The professional staff expedites contracts and billing, supports limited budgets with additional funding, points school personnel to grant opportunities, and offers opportunities for students to display their work. My Gardner Middle School age students were beaming when their Art work was displayed at Harvard University last spring. By blogging and presenting photos of VSA residency a local Art teacher was able to garner additional grant money to support my residency on a tip from VSA office. Gotta have ART!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the smiles and excitement of students participating in making ART!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

fund it more generously.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

thouroughly committed to the Arts and consistently professional in their approach.

Ways to make it better...

funding were less limited. At one time a standard residency was 16 weeks, then it was down to 14, now it is usually 12 weeks. Some art is great, but more was better, and funding seems to be the limiting factor.

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One thing I'd also say is that...

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About every week

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2010-2-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I greatly appreciate the mission, programs, and staff of VSA Arts of Massachusetts. Their absolute dedication to bettering our community, through an extremely diverse array of arts offerings, is inspirational. Also being a neighbor of the organization, I am very thankful for their new Open Door gallery - a wonderful addition to Boston's arts scene.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing diverse stakeholders come together to learn about an artist's vision and appreciate their work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Passionate, motivated and overall... terrific.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Support the work of brilliant artists and break barriers to make Boston's art scene accessible in the way it should be.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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2010-2-01

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7 people found this review helpful

VSA arts is an outstanding organization. VSA is and continues to be a leader inclusive arts education. Their support of students and artists with disabilities is unmatched.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I would not be as accomplished an artist.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The willingness to support and adapt.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional and fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do the work and not worry about funding

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

VSA Arts of Massachusetts is a leader in developing curriculum and professional development to support inclusive practices and the arts.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide thousands of teachers with the resources needed to include students with disabilities in a truly accessible classroom.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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