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A man playing a saxophone on stage. Painting of a hand cupped around a tiny infant. Vibrantly colored painting of geometric renderings of faces. A woman sculpting a bust out of clay. Close-up of a painting of a human eye in shades of black, red and orange. A woman performing in a play on stage. A young boy smiling at a hand puppet. An exuberant group of participants in the Actual Lives program. A young boy participating in the Arts Alive program. Painting with white and blue hair-like strokes on a background of deep turquoise. Man in a wheelchair viewing artwork in a gallery. Blind artist standing in front of his work. Group of women performing with colored scarves. Man speaking into a microphone with open captioning on a large screen behind him. Group of young students playing a musical game with the teacher.

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Don't Bully

Giving Voice
Saturdays, Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct 7 from 12:00-1:30 pm (lunch provided)
A graphic design mentorship for youth with disabilities ages 16-22

12 spots available! Application deadline August 28, 2017

VSA Texas is partnering with AIGA Austin in this mentoring program to empower young adults with disabilities ages 16-22 to give voice to social cause that is important to you. Working together with a professional graphic designer, youth will have the opportunity to express something that is significant to you, and, more importantly, have someone to listen. At the same time learning valuable graphic design skills from a professional one-on-one.

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Library Live

VSA Texas @ Library Live!
Live Music Series

The Austin Public Library (APL) and VSA Texas (the state organization on arts and disability) present a showcase of Austin musicians with disabilities. Library Live is an APL program that features free musical performances for the Austin community. VSA Texas challenges perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities.

Saturday, September 2, 2017, 2 PM - 4 PM
Carver Branch
1161 Angelina St.

Upcoming performances by:
Heller Wade Experience
Nicole & Eric's Guide to a Meaningful Life
James Sandlin

Download the entry form to apply.

Contact Eric Clow or call 512-454-9912 for more information.

VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference
A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program

2017 Conference–Austin, TX
August 6-7, 2017

Join us!
Through innovative, thought-provoking, and interactive sessions, the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in research, practice, programs, and policy, and serve as a leading catalyst for change. This conference brings together educators, administrators, researchers, teaching artists, and more to build new skills, transfer knowledge, network, and, ultimately, help to shape the best practices-improving educational experiences for students with disabilities learning in and through the arts.

Registration is Open!
For more information on the 2017 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference, including the conference schedule, hotel accommodations, and more, and to register now, please click here to be directed to the conference site.

Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®)

2017 Conference and Training - Austin, TX
Capacity Building Workshops: August 6-7
Conference: August 8-10

Register Now!
Join us!

Every year the Kennedy Center's Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) conference brings experienced and new professionals together to explore practical methods for implementing accessibility in cultural environments. A LEAD® we share resources and knowledge, develop best practices, and experience accessibility in action.

Open Mic Nap

Next Open Mic

Saturday, July 22, 2017
7:00-8:30 pm
Malvern Books
613 W. 29th Street
Austin, TX 78705

Join VSA Texas and Pen2Paper at our monthly inclusive and acoustic open mic at Malvern Books.

For more information email Eric Clow or call 512-454-9912.

Body Shift is a mixed ability dance project

Everyone moves in unique and different ways. Body Shift offers dance classes for anyone to explore movement and the body, and creates a welcoming environment that empowers everyone to fully embrace dancing. Every Body can find enjoyment in contemporary dancing. Come experience an Elements class and learn how you, too, can move creatively in a group or by yourself. We have been doing this for over 10 years, and we are just getting started! Thank You Impact Austin for your support. Visit for more information.

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