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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.

Welcome to VSA Texas

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.

DanceAbility Teacher Training with Alito Alessi

First Time in the US in over 10 years!!

Registration: $1800 (does not include airfare or housing)
Registration and deposit due February 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 for more information or call Celia at 866-489-8412. Visit 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.

Opening Minds, Opening Doors 2nd Annual Speaker Showcase

Thursday, February 5, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Capital City Event Center, 6700 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX, 78752
(Next to Galaxy Highland Theatre)

Come hear the stories of our newly trained self-advocate speakers from El Paso and Austin at our 2nd annual speaker showcase and luncheon! Space is limited, so please email Eric Clow to RSVP now.

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

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