Vsa Arts Inc

aka Vsa Arts   |   Washington, DC   |  http://www.vsarts.org

Mission

Very Special Arts was founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith as an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to help people with disabilities develop learning skills, increase independence and improve quality of life through programs in the arts. The organization is grounded in the beliefs that: art is a universal language expressing the perceptions and sensibilities of society; art is an educational process for developing creative talents and skills that may not be realized through traditional teaching methods; and that nowhere are the educational and rehabilitative benefits of the arts more compelling than for people with disabilities.

Ruling year info

1976

Principal Officer

Mrs. Soula Antoniou

Main address

818 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 600

Washington, DC 20006

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EIN

52-1065313

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Each year more than two million people participate in VSA programs in all 50 states and more than 85 countries worldwide. Very Special Arts' programs, including the ones listed here, are dedicated to helping children, youth, and adults with disabilities improve their learning, employment and life skills through arts-based education. These programs include: (1) Start with the Arts, which uses the arts to assist young children explore themes commonly taught in early childhood classrooms; (2) Young Soloists, recognizing young musicians with disabilities who have exhibited exceptional talent; (3) Arts for Children in Hospitals educates health care professionals of the important role of the arts in communicating with young patients; (4) Young Playwrights, introducing students to writing for the stage; and (5) Arts Festivals, which showcase participants from VSA programs across the US.

Population(s) Served

VSA Arts, Inc.'s (VSA) Affiiate and Education Services delivers programs, training and technical assistance which promotes and supports academic and vocational achievement along with opportunities for lifelong learning in the arts for individuals with disabilities. A sample of the programs conducted during the fiscal year follows: a) provided support for nationwide programming and professional development conducted by unconsolidated state affiliates; b) conducted national and regional meetings focused on developing arts programs and inclusive practice in education; and c) convened the VSA Arts Institute for artists, educators, disability service providers and nonprofit leaders. Attendees participated in hands-on workshops and exchanged ideas on how to employ effective strategies for teaching sudents with disabilities.

Population(s) Served

VSA Arts, Inc.'s (VSA) Public Awareness activities focus on disseminating informtion about the programs of the organization, promoting awareness of the benefit of incorporating arts into the education of people with disabilities and creating greater understanding and appreiation of the importance of arts as a learning strategy. As an example, VSA conducted a program during the fiscal year to recognize the artistic skills of young performing artists and writers through public performances in The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and other leading cultural institutions.

Population(s) Served

VSA Arts, Inc.'s (VSA) Other program activities focus on special projects, events and awards geared toward one or more art forms. For example, VSA partnered with a corporation to a) identify emerging young artists with disabilities, b) award grants to support the artists and c) give an opportunity to the artist to participate in an exhibition.

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Financials

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Vsa Arts Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/05/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Ronald Dozoretz

No Affiliation

Lucy Lehman

David Geanacopoulos

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Jean Smith

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Maha Al-Juffali Ghandour

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Ronald Dozoretz

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Thomas Wheeler

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Judy Woodruff

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Gerald McNichols

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Gerald McNichols

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Soula Antoniou

VSA arts, Inc.