VSA State Organization for Arts and Disability
VSA is a specialized, non-profit organization that provides artistic programs and activities in various fields. It was established in 1974 by the Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in Washington D.C., USA. It is a member of The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center and provides educational and artistic activities and programs in different fields such as visual arts, music, dance, drama and creative writing for students and artists with disabilities. These programs are realized through participation of the Organization’s affiliates from all American States in addition to (80) countries worldwide.
The Organization aims at presenting achievements of persons with disabilities to the society through their artistic and creative contributions, showcasing their talents and breaking the barriers that prevent them to be included in society through various artistic events like international festivals, exhibitions and educational programs. The Organization considers arts as very important in early education process as they help children to develop their oral and written skills as means of communication that increases their social skills and enables them to develop a strong learning base.
The Society joined the VSA Organization in 1994.