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VSA arts of Massachusetts, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Education, Special Education

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. 

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!


Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!