Professional Development for Artists
provides Professional Development for artists in two ways: we train
artists who would like to teach in our programs to use inclusive methods
and adaptive tools, and we also help artists with disabilities who are
interested in furthering their professional goals. For more information contact us, or visit our Resources page.
Long recognized by his Deaf, peers as a sought after storyteller René Pellerin has expanded his repertoire in recent years to attract hearing audiences. His stories blend René's unique sense of humor and commentary about the typical and not-so-typical experiences of people in the Deaf, disability, and typically abled communities, and how these often different cultures sometimes collide with hysterical results.
Artwork created in Can Do Arts
classes taught by Melinda White Bronson has been sold at shows at the
Statehouse, at conferences and at galleries. Becky Cross, an artist whose
work sold at the statehouse and also was used in VSAVT greeting cards,
says: “I liked having my paintings sold. It made me feel pretty good. It
was a good idea.”
Artists who teach in Can Do Arts classes at
senior centers and for area mental health agencies find enormous reward in
the joyful engagement of people taking their classes.
“All my experiences with
VSAVT have been so good. It very quickly becomes a spiral of contacts
and networks. This is the first time “Crazy” has had the structure, the
response and the enthusiastic participation that I’ve wanted for it.
I’ve spent years trying to find the right structure for this project.
VSAVT has been the hub that has brought in other interested
organizations and collaborations. Together we are able to present
ourselves, really, as a community project.”
creator and performer of one-woman show, “Crazy.”
“The participants were receptive, appreciative and
enthusiastic. This was a very satisfying teaching experience for
Bonnie Stearns, clay building at
Springfield Adult Day Services
Deaf-blind storyteller Rene Pellerin in a bright blue shirt against white and red curtains, uses the expressive powers of both American Sign Language and acting to tell a story about the intersection of deaf and hearing cultures.
In this painting by David Bessette, which was sold at an
exhibit at the Vermont statehouse, a brown monkey with a long tail
cavorts through an abstract blue and green landscape. Proceeds of
the sale went to the artist.
“The awareness that not
everybody learns like you, that’s really in my bones now. That was huge
for me. It was an opportunity to work with a new group and to find it
immensely satisfying and challenging. It forced me to not rely so much
on language, to re-invent how I was going to communicate across a wide
range of communication styles. It’s something I can take with me to
other settings, such as my teaching at Community Colleges.”
Gail Marlene Schwartz, theater at Champlain