Why the funky coffee sleeve?

A sample of coffee sleeves decorated with bright colors

A grid of decorated coffee sleeves, both with brown and white backgrounds, fill this image. At the center is a rainbow of color surrounded by a white paintbrush

For the past few months, VSA Vermont program participants, staff, volunteers, and partners have been contributing to a fun and funky project: unique, one-of-a-kind coffee sleeves. As of December 19th, customers of Shelburne Village Wine and Coffee of Shelburne, Scout Coffee of Winooski, Phoenix Books of Essex, and August First of Burlington will be able to add an extra kick to their morning joe with one of these pieces of handmade art!

If you find yourself here as a result of one of these sleeves, you’re probably wondering, as the label says, why the funky coffee sleeve? To celebrate VSA Vermont’s 30th anniversary, the organization asked participants and partners alike to decorate coffee sleeves in permanent ink. The colorful sleeves were collected at VSA Vermont programs across the state, as well as during volunteer events, meetings, and tabling events. The organization estimates about 1,000 creations completed to date, with no plans of stopping any time soon. “We have received a great response so far from participants of the project, and plan to keep collecting and distributing these works of art over the course of 2017,” said Heidi Swevens, VSA Vermont’s Volunteer Coordinator. “This project blends creative expression with community connection. Joy, laughter, and imagination were poured into the designs, but that is only part of the magic. We’re thrilled that the art will connect with someone in the community as well.”

As VSA Vermont, our mission is to use the magic of the arts, and what better way to celebrate VSA VT’s 30th birthday than by spreading a little magic? “I’m so proud and grateful. So many people have made original art to help us celebrate our 30th anniversary. Now we get to give it away and thank our community for supporting the creative talents of Vermonters with disabilities.”

Want to share the magic yourself? Post a photo of your sleeve by using the hashtag #vsavt !

Individuals may request a verbal description of their coffee sleeve by emailing a photo to info@vsavt.org. Someone from the organization will respond shortly.


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.

“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. For more information, 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)

“I support VSA Arts 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

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.