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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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.