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If you are looking to make a charitable donation to a worthy 501(c)(3) organization before the end of the year, please either click on the "Support Us" link to mail a check or contact Randee Pieper at 810.733.7196 or vsa4all@aol.com to use your credit card.

Bossman Construction completed the base for the MTA's Flushing Your Ride Service Center "Friends" sculpture in early November.  In addition to their timely and very substantial work which was supervised by Nic Pelton, the signage inside the vestibule was generously donated by Matthew Goss. Thank you!!!  It was wonderful working with such a great team!

A big thank you goes out to all of the Club Create families for their donations and support.  The Broadworth family is especially appreciated for giving so much of their time, talents, and other contributions.  CC couldn't do it with out them!  The Swartz Creek Area Art Guild is composed of a wonderful group of people who help keep Club Create alive and have very generously included CC in their fundraiser.  Thanks for everything - it's an honor to work with such a great group.

Many thanks to everyone who took part in this fall's Poinsettia Drive at various Genesee ISD schools.  All proceeds from each building

Also, VSAMI-Genesee County sincerely thanks Hoffman's Deco Deli and especially Heath Hoffman for their featuring the "Club Create" as one of their two Sandwiches of the Month in October. Our Club Create in Swartz Creek came up with the very tasty combo, which enabled Hoffman's to sell over a hundred sandwiches!


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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!

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.


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.

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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