VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities
A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program
VSA proudly presents a unique opportunity for student-artists with disabilities from around the world to display their artwork side-by-side in an online exhibition. A selection of artwork from the online entries will be chosen for a live exhibition at the United States Department of Education in Washington D.C.!
2014 Yo Soy...Je Suis...I Am...My Neighborhood
Children with disabilities are encouraged to create a portrait of themselves within the context of their neighborhood. What makes your neighborhood come alive? Interesting neighbors? Varied architecture? A great park or playground? Student-artists are encouraged to illustrate all the important people, places, and landscapes of their local space that shape who they are and who they will be in the future.
Our 2014 competition is now closed. To view our online exhibition of over 700 works by international artists with disabilities ages 3 to 22, please click here.
Our 2015 visual arts competition, Yo Soy...Je Suis...I Am...The Future, will open in Fall 2014. Please check back soon for more information about the application process and to view the 2014-2015 edition of VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities Teacher Resource Guide.
This free, downloadable guide was created to assist educators and parents in exploring the idea of self-portraiture with their students. The guide includes seven lesson plans which apply principles of Universal Design in order to make the plans accessible to students of all abilities.
2013 Yo Soy...Je Suis...I Am...My Family
Student-artists in 2013 illustrate themselves among the people that provide love, support, and encouragement in their lives – their families! Portraying themselves with some of the most important people in their lives gives testament to the idea that family – no matter how big or how small – help shape who we are and provide the foundation for who we will be.
Funding for the VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities is provided by
Mike and Julie Connors and the U.S. Department of Education.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
Education and related artistic programs are also made possible through the generosity of the
National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.
The content of this program may have been developed under a grant from the
U.S. Department of Education and does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the federal government.