VSA Texas is thrilled to announce our participation in I Live Here I Give Here Amplify Austin. 24-hours of giving to Central Texas nonprofits, March 20 at 6pm through 6pm March 21, 2014. You can schedule your donation TODAY & have it be amplified through I LIVE HERE I GIVE HERE giving platform.
Your gift will be used to allow us to fulfill our mission of challenging perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities.
VSA Texas is spotlighted on the I Live Here I Give Here website with an interview with Bob Tolero, Donor to VSA Texas.
VSA’s Got Talent
Rescheduled for a later date. Do you sing, tell jokes, juggle, act, or dance? Are you in a band or musical group? VSA Texas is looking for talented individuals and groups with disabilities to compete in our first ever VSA Texas talent competition. Show us what you got! Win prizes! Keep checking website for updates.
VSA Texas Animation Internship with Jerry Slayton and Johnny Villarreal
Two Weeks - Monday - Thursday, June 23-July 3, 2014
10:00 am - 2:00 pm each day
Application Deadline: April 14, 2014
Applications are now being accepted! Spaces are limited!
VSA Texas is looking for young adults with disabilities interested in participating in an internship in digital animation techniques! Email April Sullivan for application information.
This program is provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Opening Minds, Opening Doors
Promoting Self Advocates as Speakers
This project will train self-advocates to make presentations at conferences and other events in Texas. Through these presentations, speakers will increase public awareness about issues facing people with disabilities and the public policies that affect them. We plan to train self-advocates on narrative storytelling, presentation techniques, and how to use slideshows, videos, and other technologies. We will support the self-advocates by working with conference planners to market their skills as effective and dynamic presenters. Through speaking opportunities and small group interactions, self-advocates will also learn how to become role models and mentors for other participants in the project.
Financial Support for Opening Minds, Opening Doors is provided by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, with Federal funds* made available by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
*$125,000 (75%) DD funds; $41,666 (25%) non-federal resources
Visual Art Discovery
We are excited to announce that we have been awarded a contract by the VSA and Accessibility program of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to provide visual arts classes serving students with disabilities, ages 3-22. We will host art classes around the state and enter eligible artwork into the Yo Soy...Je Suis..I Am... call for children's art.
Photo caption: Artwork by a student taught by Elisha Rachelle Serckpor
Body Shift, mixed-ability dance classes for ALL!
VSA Texas and Forklift Danceworks are pleased to announce a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts
funding award for $10,000 to support Body Shift: A Mixed-ability Dance Project
Month-long Performance Workshops!
You asked for it and you got it! We will be doing 3 month-long performance workshops beginning in Feb for people who have been participating in Body Shift and are ready to begin performing. Click here for full description and schedule.
Featured Charity: VSA Texas
This week’s Featured Charity, VSA Texas, The State Organization on Arts and Disability, is working to create a society where Texans with disabilities can excel in, learn through, & enjoy the arts. Read the full feature on VSA Texas from America's Charities.