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2017 VSA EVENTS:

March 24th - Cool City Fundraiser downtown Flint - contact Emily Hudson for tickets ($25 in advance) or purchase at the Farmer's Market the night of ($30 at the door).

April 23 - Luigi's Restaurant 12-4  $12 for adults and $8 for 12&under All you can eat pizza, salad and soda.

Hoffmans Deli - month of June.
VSA receives a portion of the profit from our specially designed sandwich.

Feb 28, March 1, 2 - MCIC VSA Festival.

May 11 - ECPS VSA Festival.

May 9 - Clio Project Choice Festival.

May 16, 17, 18 - EKLC Festival.

May 25 - EKLC Project Choice Festival at the Cultural Center.




VSA Michigan - Genesee County wins Priority Children Award

VSA Michigan-Genesee County, Proud Recipient
of 2015 Children's Champion Award!

Mass Transportation Authority- Flushing Unveiling

Who We Are

VSA International (formerly Very Special Arts) was founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith as an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. VSA promotes arts, education, and creative expression involving children and adults with disabilities, thereby strengthening the human spirit and improving the quality of life for all. Its programs take place in more than 50 countries around the world and throughout the United States.

In 1977, VSA began increasing opportunities for experiences and training within educational and community programs for individuals with disabilities in Michigan through visual and performing arts. Today VSA Michigan benefits over 70,000 people per year in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and arts and community centers throughout the state.

In addition, the state office provides direct assistance to its affiliates, like Genesee County's, which started in 1991. Through artist residencies in visual and literary arts, creative drama and movement, and music with general education peers, over 15,000 individuals have learned through the arts. They have participated in festivals, attended performances, and exhibited their work and talents.

Hundreds of volunteers, including a core committee, have helped to make this possible throughout the years, especially through the support of Genesee Intermediate School District. VSA Michigan – Genesee County is a non-profit, tax exempt organization and raises its own operational funding. 100% of monies raised goes toward its mission.

Mission

VSA Michigan promotes creative power in people with disabilities.

Vision

VSA Michigan seeks to create an inclusive society where people with disabilities participate in, learn though, excel in, and enjoy the arts.

Guiding Principles

  1. We respect people and focus on their abilities, not their disabilities.
  2. We believe that the arts promote understanding and communication
    among all people.
  3. We believe that the arts in their many forms enhance an individual's humanity.
  4. We believe that the arts are more than a product; they are a process.
  5. Every person deserves access to appropriate learning experiences in the arts.
  6. All artists in schools should be appropriately prepared to include students with disabilities in their instruction.
  7. All children, youth and adults with disabilities should have complete access to community cultural facilities and activities.
  8. All individuals with disabilities who aspire to careers in the arts should have the opportunity to develop skills.

VSA Michigan-Genesee County is an affiliate of VSA Michigan.
VSA Michigan is a member of the international network of VSA, The International Organization on Arts and Disabilities, and an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

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