Mission: Mission statement: vsa north dakota strives to create and maintain a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and have access to the arts. Vision statement: recognizing that every individual has a creative voice that needs to be both expressed and heard, vsa north dakota provides, promotes, and furthers arts centered activities in inclusive settings so people with and without disabilities can experience the arts together. The four guiding principles of vsa north dakota are: every young person with a disability deserves access to high quality arts learning experiences; all artists in schools and art educators should be 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; and all individuals with disabilities who aspire to careers in the arts should have the opportunity to develop appropriate skills.
Programs: Educational programs and artist residenciesarts education and experiences, mentoring, nd school for the blind pottery workshops and residencies, community options, dakota boys and girls ranch, family voices north dakota, anne carlsen center, and art shows
public awareness and outreachdirect outreachstaff presentations were available to service clubs, schools, or sites that were interested in having vsa north dakota programs in their communities. Web outreachrotating art display at minot state university center for persons with disabilitiesvsa north dakota has a rotating display of student art at the library of the minot state university center for persons with disabilities. The art is exchanged every six to eight weeks, and it is estimated that several thousand people each year see the student work, and become aware of vsa north dakota programs. Vsa north dakota regularly updates its web site, vsanorthdakota. Net, which is devoted to vsa north dakota programs and opportunities throughout the state. Social mediavsa north dakota has a facebook page, which is continuously updated about events and programs.
VSA is an outstanding organization for connecting students of all backgrounds with the arts. The support of the volunteers, organizers, teachers and aides is amazing, and bringing students with challenges to a place where they can express themselves, have a laugh, and take home a masterpiece is a life changing experience. Challenge students to think, create, laugh and explore- donate to VSA North Dakota - and keep bringing the arts into every life.