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February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

VSA Massachusetts has lead the field in Cultural Access and in the development and implementation of artist residency education and evaluation. They have shared their work with the entire affiliate network and have been helpful in assisting all of us in replicating programs, evaluation tools and supporting the work of the entire network.

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

proferssional development workshops, in working with their executive director on VSA arts affiliate committees, and in use of their assessment tools.

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

their willingness to share their work with others to imporve the educational opportunities for children with disabilities.

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

open, eager to work with others, eager to provide assistance any time, and great at "thinking outside the box".

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

ensure that all of Massachusetts' children with disabilities would have opportunities to learn through the arts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

I have worked with VSA since 1985, doing residencies all over MA. From elementary to high school students with a vast range of skills and potential. VSA has done amazing work to reach out to communities all over the whole state and not only change, inspire, and give hope to students, the whole school community has been effected by their work of bringing in artist to the schools. There were so many settings where my abilities as an artist were utilized and appreciated which gave me as an artist more appreciation for my own work.

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

being placed in over 25 schools

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

Have it be funded

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

Having a place to use my art, my skills to help make a difference

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

Have all been professional, caring and dedicated to the work

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

It could effect every child, parent and teacher in the state by funding the work for the many students who need, while they are children, the inspiration, the guidance and support to aspire to be life long learners and to have a strong sense of themselves

Ways to make it better...

There wasn't such a struggle to get funding and that some situations could of had more funding for the need was very strong and it was hard to walk away

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

No Funding

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

Funding is needed to support our future in our children

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

We've had a long-time partnership with VSA Massachusetts. THis partnership has allowed us to bring visual art, music, and dance to students with disabilities in accessible formats. The instructors use the principles of Universal Design when facilitating instruction for all children. Using these principles, all students access the arts at the point most meaningful to them. Bravo for VSA Massachusetts!!!

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

watching students excel and highlight their learning through the arts. VSA made this possible.

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

the open communication. They are willing to try and make things work for children and are always searching for possibilities to make programming happen.

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

change the lives of thousands more children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

I have now been working with VSAArts of MA for over three years indirectly and directly. They have helped my project immensely by guiding the company, consulting, helping disseminate information to their community and helping to produce some of the shows. As a neophyte in the disability world, their openness, expertise and availability has helped me and the porject immensely.

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

that they have helped my GIMP project become a reality with their support, attentiveness to the project and willingness to nurture the project.

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

learning more about them, feeling their support and commitment to disability in the arts and serving their community in out-of-the=box ways and in their risk-taking

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

fabulous!!! I have had the most contact with Charles Washburn and he has been so supportive and has facilitated alot of activity for my project. I am indebted to them!

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

really make a significant difference for disability in the arts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

VSA Arts of Massachusetts is an organization that works with people who are disabled to help them participate in the arts through school and community programs in Boston and Worcester. They work to ensure that programs are universally designed to accommodate the various abilities of audiences. As budgets have become smaller and services difficult to deliver, VSA Arts of MA dedication and commitment has grown stronger. Please take a few minutes to help them win designation as a Great Non-profit, which will in turn help them raise money. Having worked with the staff in Boston, I can vouch that they are wonderful, talented and committed to accessibility in the arts. Thank you, Tessil Collins

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

the Boston Public Schools

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 15, 2010

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February 15, 2010

VSA Arts has outdone itself in its new space. In the "age of transparency", they have put their strong educational and arts programs right onto the streets of Boston. It's a win for all of us!

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

extremely talented and committed to the mission.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

VSA Mass. is very thoughtful about the work that it does and the benefit of that work. It regularly reviews program outcomes and designs evaluation methods to provide good infomration on which to base decision-making. Workshops presented by VSA Mass. staff are clear, timely, and practical, and help others do better work.

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

knowledgable but also interested in learning more from others. They are also committed to sharing knowledge and info with others in order to build the greater community. They are committed to excellence.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

My intern and I attended day long workshop at Worcester, MA's Broadmeadow Brook Audubon Sanctuary last summer. I was very impressed by the levels of engagement I saw happening there. As a life long educator, engagement with materials and ideas is what it is all about. Also inspiring is the way VSA models a philosophy of respect for human difference. Human difference is their spiritual engine and without it, life deflates. VSA sends this message with clarity and purpose.

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

the open feel of energy and purpose of the people involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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