The mission of VSA Vermont (VSA VT) is to use the magic of the arts to engage the capabilities and enhance the confidence of children and adults with disabilities. We partner with community organizations of all kinds, in all counties of Vermont, to present inclusive arts education programs, professional development workshops, and cultural access services for Vermonters of all ages. Every program is collaborative and supports the goals of our partners, while enriching their skills to provide inclusive programs. We are a member of the VSA Affiliate Network, a program of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
We offer high quality, intensive, arts education, professional development, and cultural access programs. These include:
- Start With The Arts: Preschool Arts-Based Literacy – This program includes arts & literacy activities taught by teaching artists, experiential learning opportunities for childcare providers to create and teach their own lessons, and multi-disciplinary arts experiences matched with high-quality children’s literature for children ages 0-5.
- K-8 Arts Education: The K-8 program serves children in public schools and schools for children with special needs. Within schools, the program integrates into the curriculum, modeling how to enrich all core academics and give students multiple ways to express themselves and learn. VSA VT currently has iterations of this program at Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington, working with English Language Learners.
- Arts to Smarts: In this program, highly reactive and reluctant learners with severe emotional and behavioral challenges grades K-8 increase their engagement and confidence in learning through arts-integration activities. Serving a mix of public and independent schools, Arts to Smarts uses process-based arts that are integrated into students’ daily classroom environment and curriculum.
- High School Arts Education: This program program uses the performing arts to help students in special education services learn the self-advocacy, problem solving, and communication skills crucial to their transition to adulthood. VSA Vermont also runs a new and innovative mentoring program, matching students with disabilities and adults with disabilities to participate in arts-based experiences, while focusing on the transition to adulthood.
- Adult Arts Education: This program provides individuals with cognitive, physical, and other disabilities with the opportunity to explore difference artistic genres, finding their strongest voices for communication and community involvement.