FLOURISH: Call for Artists

VSA VT, the Flynn Center, and the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired seek artwork that is of high artistic quality, demonstrating originality, imagination, skillful use of materials, and quality of craft.

VSA Vermont, the Flynn Center and the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired invite established and emerging Vermont artists to participate in FLOURISHan exhibition showcasing works of art by Vermont artists with various disabilities to be held at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, April 7 – June 30, 2018.

Flourish will offer participating artists opportunities to be featured in statewide publicitybuild larger audiences for their work, and receive technical assistance in the professional documentation and presentation of their work. The Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center is physically accessible and the exhibition will provide accessible program and communication features coordinated by VSA VT.

Application postmark or email deadline: September 29, 2017

Get more information and download the application packet at www.vsavt.org/flourish

Mentoring Program: Meet a Match!

Meet Sasha and Noah, a mentoring pair from VSA Vermont!

VSA Vermont presents a groundbreaking new mentoring program matching adults with disabilities and youth with disabilities to participate in the arts together. These intergenerational connections foster pairs’ community engagement, creative self-expression, and enjoyment of the arts, while easing the transition of graduation for emerging young adults. The program also includes technical assistance to cultural venues wishing to welcome more people with disabilities.

We’re now looking for mentors and mentees for the 2017-18 program year! For more information, application forms, and additional videos, see the High School Program page.

You can download a supplemental document that is designed to provide highlights of the visual part of the video as well as text of the captioning correlated with the names, titles and organizations of the speakers. It is in large print format. Verbal Description for “Meet a Match” (.DOCX) –>

A young woman at an Aha! painting class reaches into a red bucket.

With a backdrop of a hay bale and a large painted easel pad, a young woman wearing a green t-shirt with stamped horse shoe prints on it reaches into a red bucket, gazing down at the unseen object she is about to take out, while making art at a barn as part of a VSA VT education program.

“VSA Arts theater changed my whole life. Now the door is open. All you have to do is walk in.” Bill Villemaire

Wherever Vermonters are seeking to find their voices or to participate in arts events, VSA Vermont (VSA VT) can help. No matter where you live, no matter your age or ability, we would like to hear from you. VSA VT uses the magic of the arts to engage the capabilities and enhance the confidence of children and adults with disabilities. Let us know how we can make the arts a bridge to new communication and experience for you.


A bulky black and white cow stands on a hillside of red, purple and yellow.

In this award winning painting by Jacob Potwin of Randolph, brilliant colors define a hilly landscape in which a large cow stands at the right hand edge of the painting, gazing at the viewer.

“I support VSA because through art we can all share our dreams and hopes, transcending our differences, no matter where life’s journey has taken us.”Susan Ritz