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VSA Florida is Making a Difference

 Young girl working on a arts/crafts project VSA Residency student.

VSA Florida continues to provide, support, and champion arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities. A private not-for-profit organization, VSAFL conducts art education programs in schools, Department of Juvenile Justice facilities, and community centers; promotes the accomplishments of artists with disabilities through our artist registry, exhibitions, and performances; and increases access to the arts through professional development workshops.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of VSA and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), VSA Florida had three exciting events planned. First, we partnered with VSA arts of Nigeria to share curriculum, develop an online and in-person exhibition, and host a family day on Saturday June 6th. Attending families created art inspired by fabric, view the exhibition, participate in African drumming and dance, and meet Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe, Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Atlanta. Read more about the VSA Arts of Nigeria visit.

In addition, this July we hosted the second year of our "Animation Gets Real" summer camp, designed for teens with Autism to get skills in story boarding, animation and iPad music creation. Finally, October 16th is our VSA Florida's "A New Definition of Dance" event where world famous dancers of all abilities will perform and challenge your perceptions of disability and dance.

VSA Florida is a member of the VSA Affiliate Network (a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.) and is headquartered at the David C. Anchin Center in the College of Education at the University of South Florida.

For more information visit VSA Florida: The State Organization on Arts and Disability.

Contact: Jennifer Sabo at jsabo@usf.edu