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.
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.