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EVENTS:

Weekend of August 14

Back to the Bricks with 2:00PM Artomotive Hood Live Auction at the Flint Farmers Market.  Artistically decorated car and truck hoods will be displayed in the atrium starting July 11; most will be available for silent auction bids until closing on August 14.

August

Club Create exhibit at Fenton Village Players theater may be viewed during performances of "The Addams Family".

Wednesday, September 2

First VSAMI-GC meeting, 3:15PM at Hoffman's Deli in downtown Flint to sample the "Club Create", Hoffman's
featured October sandwich.

Ongoing:  

Exhibition of dozens of works by VSA Michigan-Genesee County artists at Genesys Integrated Group Practice of Dr. Paul Karr Jr., MD and Dr. Gerald Fulton, MD.  Offices are located at 1096 S. Belsay Rd., Stes. A&B, Burton (south off I-69).  Need a unique gift?  All works are available for purchase!


VSA Michigan - Genesee County wins Priority Children Award

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

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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