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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.
VSA Michigan promotes creative power in people with disabilities.
VSA Michigan seeks to create an inclusive society where people with disabilities participate in, learn though, excel in, and enjoy the arts.
VSA Michigan- Genesee County is an affiliate of VSA Michigan.
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