VSA North Dakota
(The State Organization on Arts and Disability)

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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.


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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.

Four Guiding Principles

  • Every young person with a disability deserves access to high quality arts learning experiences.
  • All artists in schools and art educators should be prepared to include students with disabilities in their instruction
  • All children, youth and adults with disabilities should have complete access to community cultural facilities and activities.
  • All individuals with disabilities who aspire to careers in the arts should have the opportunity to develop appropriate skills.

VSA Centers

Location

Jamestown

701 3rd St. NW, PO Box 8000
Jamestown, ND 58402
1-800-568-5175

Services

Education
Early Intervention
Assistive Technology
Medically Complex
Therapy
In-Home Supports
Days Supports
Autism Services
Ideation Center
Lekotek
REAL

Location

Bismarck

1929 N Kavaney Dr
Bismarck, ND 58501
701-751-3732

Services

Autism Services
Day Supports
Assistive Technology
In-Home Supports

Location

Grand Forks

2016 S Washington St
Grand Forks, ND 58201
701-757-4200

Services

In-Home Supports
Day Supports
Autism Services
Early Intervention
Assistive Technology
Lekotek

Location

Fargo

4152 30th Ave Suite 102
Fargo, ND 58104
701-364-2663

Services

Day Supports
Assistive Technology
In-Home Supports
Autism Services
Early Intervention
Lekotek

 
Location

Bottineau

Winter Park Rd # 1
Bottineau, ND 58318
701-263-4556

Services

Annie's House