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Welcome to VSA Texas

The Greatest 24 Hours
to Crank Up the Giving!

What is Amplify Austin?
Amplify Austin is a 24-hour giving day from
6 pm Thursday, March 5, to 6 pm Friday, March 6, 2015

I Live Here, I Give Here believes in amplifying the power of your generosity! Amplify Austin Day is a 24-hour day of community-wide that provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to give together and help hundreds of nonprofits that are meeting critical needs.

Last year, 498 nonprofits participated in Amplify Austin. More than 500 nonprofits will be participating this year 2015. All of these organizations play an important role in making Central Texas a better place to live. In the past two years we have raised $8.5 million on Amplify Austin Day. We are carrying that enthusiasm through to 2015! Get ready to crank up the giving!

You can support VSA Texas groundbreaking programming, which assists a diverse range of people with disabilities, including young emerging artists, experienced adults and military veterans by scheduling your donation NOW. Go to Click It and Forget It.

Art in the State Parks
A series of workshops to promote art activities in state parks by and for visitors with and without disabilities.

VSA Texas and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department invite you to get outdoors this January and February and enjoy art among nature. We have free class offerings at parks all across the state for children and adults in music, visual art, storytelling, and more! Click here for dates and schedule of activities.

DanceAbilityTM Teacher Certification Course with Alito Alessi

First Time in the US in over 10 years!!

Registration: $1800 (does not include airfare or housing)
Early bird registration on or before February 28, 2015 for $100 discount
Registration and deposit due March 28, 2015

May 10, 2015: Orientation
May 11-22, 2015: M-F, 10am-5pm
Dec. 7-18, 2015: M-F, 10am-5pm

Download the DanceAbility teacher application form.

Please email VSA Texas or call Celia at 866-489-8412. Visit www.danceability.com to learn more about this program.

Opening Minds, Opening Doors:
Promoting Self-Advocates as Speakers

Opening Minds, Opening Doors (OMOD) works with people with disabilities to write and present their stories at Texas conferences and other events.

Webinar 2: How to Write and Edit Your Story

Thursday, February 19th, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST

In this webinar series, you will have the opportunity to learn useful writing and public speaking tips from project staff and mentors who have successfully presented in a variety of public venues. Actual Lives co-founder and writing instructor Chris Strickling will present this second webinar on strategies for writing and editing your story for a performance. Click here to register.

Please visit the Opening Minds, Opening Doors webpage for more information about the project.

VSA Texas Side By Side Internship Opportunities

Music and Recording Internship - Spring Break 2015
Application Deadline: January 31, 2015

We are looking for young adults with developmental disabilities interested in the music and recording industry! This internship will take place the week of March 16-20 in Austin, TX. VSA Texas Music and Recording Internship participants will work with professional artists in the music industry through classroom settings, hands-on experience, field trips and performance events. Interns will learn basic performing skills, how to build simple instruments, and how to use equipment such as digital recording technology, microphones and PA systems. The group will create a CD of original music, take a field trip to the SXSW Music Festival, and have an opportunity to perform live at HONK TX, Austin’s 3-day community street band festival. See the attached application for more information.

Whatever your talent is, come share it with us at this inclusive Open Mic

Hosted by VSA Texas and the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities Pen 2 Paper Program. Come out to Austin's newest independent bookstore & community space for a fun, friendly, low-volume open mic suitable for performers of all ages and abilities. For more information email April at VSA Texas or call 512-454-9912.

Click to enlarge Open Mic flyer

Body Shift is a mixed ability dance project

For over 10 years, Forklift Danceworks and VSA Texas have engaged in the world of mixed-ability improvisational dance. Everyone moves in unique and different ways, and Body Shift offers dance classes for anyone to explore movement and the body. Body Shift creates a welcoming environment that empowers everyone to fully embrace dancing in their own unique way promoting the idea every Body can find enjoyment in contemporary dancing. For more about Body Shift go to www.bodyshift.org.



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