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VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities

Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Children and Youth
with Disabilities to Feature Their Artwork in an Online and Live Exhibit

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - The Office of VSA and Accessibility

Deadline Date:

06/05/19 11:59 PM EDT


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An opportunity is available for USA, Canada, and International preK-12 children with disabilities to display their visual artwork in an online exhibition. Selected artwork featured in the online series will be displayed at a live exhibition located in Washington, DC. Both two-dimensional (preferred) and three-dimensional works are accepted. Art must be an original work that has been completed within the last year and attributable to the artist or artists.

This program invites students with disabilities to share images of their artwork addressing this year's theme: Yo Soy...Je Suis...I Am... My Family. In today's world, families come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colors. Family can mean close relationships with a wide variety of people who provide love, support, and encouragement. They help shape who we are and provide a foundation for who we will be. Applicants should show what comes to mind when they think of what family means to them.

Applicants should use activities from any of the VSA Teacher Resource Guides (see link in Pre-Application, below) to create pieces for the call for art. For a list of suggested activities, see:

Artwork Specifications
- 2-D pieces only: Examples include: painting, drawing (charcoal, pen & ink, graphite/ colored pencil, marker, etc.), oil or chalk pastel, mixed media/collage, photography (digital or darkroom)
- 2-D photographs of 3-D work are accepted.
- Submitted paper-based artwork will be matted and framed by VSA
- Submitted canvases must be canvas board or stretched canvas, and may or may not be framed by VSA

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154524

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All children with disabilities, grades PreK-12 (ages 3 to 18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.), from around the world are eligible to submit artwork to this VSA International Art Program. Group projects are accepted so long as all artists are students with disabilities.

Artwork specifications: Work larger than 18 x 24 inches is not accepted.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by June 5, 2019, 11:59 PM EDT.

Applicants must submit their artwork electronically. By submitting artwork, applicants acknowledge that their artwork may be displayed on an online gallery of artwork and may be selected to be part of the exhibition in Washington, D.C. Applicants must allow enough time to prepare their images to the specifications and finalize the electronic submission process prior to the deadline.

A selection of artwork from the online entries will be chosen for a live exhibition in Washington, D.C.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit your artwork here (click Apply):

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600
Toll-Free: (800) 444-1324

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USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.