Genesee County Programs
VSA Michigan-Genesee County (VSAMI-GC) offers these exciting programs in the Greater
Flint area. Donation, grant and sponsorship dollars go directly into these opportunities for our participants. We strive to promote the creative power in persons with disabilities through the visual and performing arts by providing the following programs:
artsJAM stands for Jobs And Mentoring through the arts. Young people with disabilities learn to express their creativity through the arts and develop life enhancing and pre-vocational skills as they prepare to enter the workforce. artsJAM's after-school programs' student apprentices work with professional artists with and without disabilities in creative processes to gain production, management and marketing skills. School districts can offer credit towards high school graduation to students completing a required number of hours of study.
The Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) will continue to host students participating in
artsJAM! Flint this spring at Western Michigan University. This event places artsJAM!
Flint students in the company of fellow outstanding Michigan student artists showcasing their works in visual art, performance art, clay, writing, graphics, film, voice, instrumental productions and soloists. The friendships developed in past festivals have grown, offering opportunities to continue to support each other as contemporaries in the upcoming generation of artists.
and Professional Development
To integrate the arts into the general and special education classroom curricula, VSAMI-GC provides professional development for teachers through hands-on learning through the arts for students conducted by trained, professional teaching artists.
Program components include pre-residency planning, educator workshops, collaboration
between teaching artists and classroom teachers using the Michigan Curriculum Framework standards and benchmarks, four or more classroom sessions in one or more arts disciplines; and a culminating event for the school, family and friends.
Availability of residencies is based on funding for a particular year. VSAMI-GC has been
fortunate to partner with the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD), the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, and the Ruth Mott Foundation in the past to provide residencies in GISD programs and local special education classrooms across the county.
In addition, VSA Michigan can provide professional development workshops for developing programs, schools and districts, and artists for an agreed-upon fee, utilizing leading arts educators who utilize best practices and optimal hands-on strategies.
VSAMI-GC offers opportunities for local artists with disabilities to exhibit their work. Participants may submit work to the VSA Michigan Emerging Artist's touring exhibit, a juried show that travels across the state annually, to the VSAMI-GC and Flint Children's Museum exhibit and also for display at various fundraisers throughout the year.
VSAMI-GC has five festivals each year in various locations around the county. Partnerships with Genesee Intermediate School District allow us to provide festival experiences to students in its center-based schools, Elmer Knopf Learning Center,
Special Education Services-South (Early
Childhood Programs and Services), and Marion D. Crouse Instructional Center. GISD
classrooms located in community school districts participate in off-site festivals. Last year, partnerships with Mott Community College's Northern Tier (Clio)and the Flint Cultural Center brought participants from all over the area together for festival experience