A docent describes a large painting of elongated body parts to VSA VT class members as one class member points to yellow coils that look like intestines.
VSA Vermont (VSA VT) is pleased to help cultural venues throughout Vermont include more people with disabilities and other barriers to participation. Recent examples include our juried Engage exhibition featuring 35 Vermont artists with disabilities that toured the state. Engage included accessibility features that offered visitors and artists with and without disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the arts together in some of Vermont’s finest venues, and helped raise expectations about the excellence of the artwork produced by artists with disabilities. Artists, participating venue staff and volunteers across Vermont received training in sighted guide technique, accessible marketing, audio and verbal description and multi-sensory tours.
“I didn’t have to think let alone worry about logistics of movement which freed my mind and heart to be open to the power of the day. The attitude of accessibility throughout the whole Engage process has been wondrous.”
BOOM VT is VSA VT’s signature musical experience for people with and without disabilities to join together in a crescendo of celebration.
Visit our O.N.E.der Dome in the Hyde Street triangle park to see how a group of UVM students, some neighbors and artists with disabilities transformed an unused city park to a beauty spot treasured by the neighborhood.
VSA VT is a leader statewide in illuminating the talents and creative power of people with disabilities. Through performances, exhibitions, workshops, publication and the ongoing personal commitment of staff, instructors and board members, VSA VT promotes full inclusion through joyful and confident self-expression.
“We received the free passes to the Shelburne Museum and within 20 minutes they were all gone. Three different groups of home care providers and staff worked together to pull off ‘road trips’ that may never have happened. Just to see the enthusiastic teamwork was worth a million bucks! Afterwards, the residents that reported back to me said they had fun and were impressed at how accessible it was to them. All of the residents, as well as the personal care staff for residents, were thrilled at having this opportunity.”
Carol Priestly, Upper Valley Services
VSA VT’s giant Champ green and orange monster puppet made for the Lake Champlain Quadracentennial Parade finds a temporary home at VCAM’s art display during the South End Art Hop. Its text reads “Accept me for what I am.”
“I think the flood gates are open now. Arts organizations as well as the art-loving public are beginning to truly see the value we hold for the community.”VSA VT Engage Artist Gwendolyn Evans
“This shows the community what we can do instead of always focusing on what we can’t.”
VSA VT Engage artist, Bradley McKirryher
“I knew I was coming to an art show but I didn’t realize I would be blown away! Beautiful work. I wish I could have half of it in my home.”
Engage exhibition visitor