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We are dedicated to creating an inclusive society where people with disabilities participate in, learn through, excel in, and enjoy the arts. The arts can tear down barriers and preconceptions, empower the powerless through self-expression, and provide unique avenues for communication.
+ People with disabilities are valuable members of the community +
+Every person deserves appropriate learning experiences in and through the arts +
+ The arts are products and processes - the journey is also important +
+ The arts, in all its many forms, enhance a person’s humanity +
It takes a village. We cannot realize our vision without public and private support. We are always looking for program sponsors, program partners, private donors, arts therapists, and volunteers. If you believe all citizens deserve equitable access and opportunity GET INVOLVED TODAY!
Focus on Education
This school year VSAMI is engaging 1,296 students with disabilities, 101 classroom teachers and 205 paraprofessionals in an average of 12 hours of learning in and through the arts taught by professional dancers, actors, musicians, storytellers, filmmakers and visual artists. Our Artists-in-Residence Program reaches students across the state through district partnerships in Alma, Baraga, Bloomfield Hills, Cheboygan, Clio, Detroit, Flint, Flushing, Gaylord, Hancock, Houghton, Marquette, Oak Park, Mt. Pleasant, Onaway, Petoskey, and Southfield.
We are excited about the expansion of our Club Create, a drop-in program for adults with disablities. We now have programs in Clarkston, Detroit Midtown, Clarkston, and Swartz Creek, with two new clubs opening soon.
Over 50 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.
We are looking forward to our upcoming VSA Southeast Regional Festival sponsored by University of Michigan, Dearborn and CVS. This year's festival will take place on May 17 and 18, 2019. Last year's festival saw more than 800 students celebrated the arts, showing off their talents, and participating 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.