VSA Minnesota’s Communities
VSA Minnesota’s logo notes that we are the State Organization on Arts & Disability. While this is mostly true, the image here –
– is probably the best portrayal of our primary target community. Where arts, disability and education intersect, that is where VSA Minnesota’s programs and services are most likely to be found.
That being said, many of the organization’s programs and services happen when there is an overlap of people from the disability and arts communities. This includes our Visual Art Exhibit Program, our involvement with state disability organizations in conducting annual events commemorating the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) each July and recognizing the achievements of organizations and individuals in making the arts accessible to people with disabilities through the Arts Access Awards.
The VSA Community Outside of Minnesota
VSA Minnesota is a member of the VSA Affiliate Network which is a program of the John F. Kennedy Center’s Education Department. This network includes 35 state affiliates and 52 international affiliates. In years past, this network has come together for arts festivals, conferences, workshops and exhibits in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Boston, Brussels, St. Petersburg (Florida) and Minneapolis.
Young artist Phoenix K., now of Cologne, MN, is joined by VSA founder, Jean Kennedy Smith, standing next to his artwork, “Map of Cleary Lake,” during the VSA International Arts Festival at Union Depot in Washington, D.C. in 2010.
Aria Stiles of Apple Valley playing violin at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts during the International VSA Festival in June, 2010. Aria was the winner of VSA Minnesota’s Young Soloist Competition and was one of four selected performers for VSA’s International Young Soloist Competition.
VSA Minnesota Community Programming
Disability Mural Project teaching artist Stacy O’Connell and a mural artist attended the Mural reception at Gallery Saint Germain in downtown St. Cloud in October, 2013.
Jon Skaalen, VSA Minnesota staff; Frances Valesco, founder of the Disability Mural Project (California); Bridget Riversmith, lead artist for the Duluth Disability Mural Project; and Jenea Rewertz-Targui, former Arts in Education Coordinator, attended the Minneapolis reception of the Minnesota Disability Mural & Story Project in October, 2013.
Artist reception for the Minnesota Disability Mural Project held at Gallery Saint Germain in St. Cloud in October, 2013.