LATEST NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Focus on Education
This school year VSAMI is engaging 980 students with disabilities, 95 classroom teachers and 211 paraprofessionals in an average of 8 hours of learning in and through the arts taught by professional dancers, actors, musicians, storytellers and visual artists. Our Artists-in-Residence Program reached students across the state through district partnerships in Alma, Bloomfield Hills, Cheboygan, Clio, Detroit, Flint, Flushing, Gaylord, Grand Blanc, Hancock, Houghton, Marquette, Negaunee, Oak Park, Mt. Pleasant, Onaway, Petoskey, St. Louis and Southfield.
We are excited about the expansion of our Club Create, a drop-in program for adults with disabilities. We now have programs in Clarkston, Midtown Detroit, Hancock and Swartz Creek, with additional clubs opening soon.
Over 30 artists and teachers participated in our transformative Community of Practice retreat at Higgins Lake last summer. The 3-day immersion in the arts, arts integration and accommodation is always a rejuvenating experience that helps teachers build the skills and confidence to integrate more arts and creative experiences into their instruction. And it provides our teaching artists with tools and strategies to teach their art to differentiated learners.
We culminated the year with a series of VSA Festivals in Genesee County and the 28th annual VSA Southeast Regional Festival on May 17 and 18 sponsored by University of Michigan–Dearborn, Michigan State University Community Music School in Detroit and CVS Health. More than 350 students, their teachers and paraprofessional, and our teaching artists celebrated the arts, shared talents, and participated in onsite arts activities.
Focus on Access
People with disabilities are a growing segment of the community as patrons, administrators, artists, students, older adults and benefactors. Yet, many people with disabilities who want to participate in the arts cannot because they encounter barriers to access. VSA Michigan offers tools and strategies to enhance an organization’s ability to engage this vital community and achieve ADA compliance.
If you are an arts or cultural organization and would like to discuss how to make your facility, programs and communication tools more accessible, contact us.
We can conduct an access audit, provide recommendations and work with you on accessible implementation of your organization's programs. Contact us today to ensure your business or organization is inclusive and provides people with disabilities access and the ability to meaningfully participate in the great things you offer.
The programs and services of VSA Michigan are provided to all, regardless of age, race, creed, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation and ethnicity.