From June 6—12, 2010, VSA—the international organization on arts and disability—brought together artists, educators, researchers, and policymakers with and without disabilities from around the world for a multicultural celebration of the arts and arts education. The Festival featured visual, performing, literary, and media artists and a guest list that included more than 2,000 participants from all corners of the globe. The 2010 International VSA Festival was the largest arts event featuring artists with disabilities to take place in Washington, D.C., to date.
Performances and exhibitions were showcased at venues throughout Washington, D.C., including multiple stages at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; Atlas Performing Arts Center; The George Washington University Lisner Auditorium; H Street Playhouse; Shakespeare Theatre Company's Harman Hall and Lansburgh Theatre; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Discovery Theater, and International Gallery; Union Station; and the U.S. Department of Education.
The White House Launches Celebration Of 20th Anniversary Of Americans With Disabilities Act at the 2010 International VSA Festival.
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. VSA provides educators, parents, and artists with the resources and tools to support arts programming in schools and communities. VSA showcases the accomplishments of artists with disabilities and promotes increased access to the arts for all people. Each year, 7 million people participate in VSA's programs through a nationwide network of affiliates and in 51 countries around the world. VSA is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more information about VSA, visit www.vsarts.org.