VSA North Dakota
(The State Organization on Arts and Disability)
VSA North Dakota and the Anne Carlsen Center
VSA North Dakota is now part of the Anne Carlsen Center REAL (Recreation-Entertainment-Arts-Leisure) Program and, as such, is now offering residencies statewide, not only at Anne Carlsen Center sites and on the Jamestown Campus, but at other locations as well.
Below are some photos from a recent mural residency.
Different students worked on the individual trees and there are now four: Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. Students created a series of large paintings on canvas called “Seasons”.
These beautiful works of art are on the walls at the Anne Carlsen Center in Bismarck.
Teaching artist Kelly shows students how to make paint palettes before they begin working on their murals.
Look at the beautiful series of Seasons “Trees” paintings
Picture of a Spring tree.
The mural being created on the left is a really scary rollercoaster!
This one breathes fire!
Tyler with his Summer tree.
Dragons are awesome!
Joey with his Fall tree.
The Winter tree was done by Tyler, Aden, and staff member Sarah.
Ooey gooey fun! Picture of student working with “slime”
VSA: The International Organization on Arts and Disability was an international, nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts.
In 2012 VSA became an entity within the Kennedy Center Education Department. There are 34 state organizations that are associated with the VSA programs at the Kennedy Center. Through a contract process with the Kennedy Center, each state provides specific programs and projects that are designed to make the arts available to all students, grades K through 12.
Additionally, each state organization may offer additional programs that are funded by grants, donations, and fees for services.
VSA North Dakota arts classes are inclusive. This ensures that students with disabilities, or who are at risk for socio-economic reasons, and students without disabilities participate at the same time and in the same classes.
VSA North Dakota follows the four guiding principles that have been the foundation of all arts activities since Ambassador Smith founded the organization nearly 40 years ago.