Ends in 6 days, 22 hours

VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference

Atlanta, GA ∙ August 7-8, 2018 ∙ The Marriott Marquis


What is VSA Intersections?

Through innovative, thought-provoking, and interactive sessions, the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in practice, programs, research, and policy, and to serve as a leading catalyst for change. This conference brings together educators, administrators, researchers, teaching artists, and more to build new skills, transfer knowledge, network, and, ultimately, to help shape best practice—improving educational experiences for students with disabilities learning in and through the arts.


Lead a session at VSA Intersections!

Conference sessions will occur on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 7-8, 2018 and will be selected from this call. Sessions presented at the 2018 VSA Intersections Conference should align with the stated priorities below. 


Content should be relevant to the field of arts and special education and grounded in evidence. Reflecting the breadth of professionals at work in this field, sessions may address issues of practice, policy, or research—but ultimately the focus on all sessions should be on improving access to and the quality of arts learning for students with disabilities. Thus, accepted sessions could focus on:

·        Instructional practice in arts and special education classrooms (i.e.  arts integration in special education classrooms, adaptive arts instruction, etc.)

·        Issues or policies affecting students with disabilities and their arts learning (i.e. the effects of trauma on students with disabilities, cultural responsiveness in special education, etc.), and/or

·        Rigorous research that contributes to the body of literature in the arts and special education. Research should align with the priority areas described in the Kennedy Center’s The Arts and Special Education: A Map for Research.


Sessions should also reflect an understanding of how adult conference-goers learn. VSA Intersections solicits both interactive sessions that provide participants with hands-on learning opportunities and discussion-based or lecture sessions that examine content from a less experiential vantage point. Sessions can be geared toward teachers of school-age students, or can address the needs of administrators who support teaching artists and educators in the classroom. For all sessions:

·        The chosen format should align with the content area,

·        The amount of time allotted should be appropriate to meet the learning goals, and

·        Content should be clearly tailored to the target audience.


Please read these important instructions

Please review all information and instructions prior to completing the online form. It is recommended that you develop your proposal before you start the online submission process. Once your proposal is submitted, you will receive an automated response acknowledging receipt. If you have difficulties with the online system, or do not receive an automated response upon submission, please contact Jenna Gabriel at jgabriel@kennedy-center.org.

All applicants will be notified of their status by March 1, 2018. Accepted presenters must register by the early-bird deadline of July 9, 2017, or risk forfeiting their session time. Please note that VSA Intersections is unable to support requests for travel assistance; accepted presenters are responsible for covering all costs associated with their conference attendance.

Ends on May 1, 2018

Every year the Kennedy Center's Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) conference brings experienced and new professionals together to explore practical methods for implementing accessibility in cultural environments. At LEAD®, we share resources and knowledge, develop best practices, and experience accessibility in action. 

Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in arts administration/management or museum studies programs can apply for a scholarship to attend the LEAD® Conference at a reduced rate of $200. If accepted, student registration would include access to sessions Thursday, August 9 through Saturday, August 11, 2018. Additional fees apply for capacity building workshops as well as the Awards Evening and other special events.

Applications must be received by May 1, 2018. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Kennedy Center Accessibility Office at access@kennedy-center.org or 202-416-8727. 

Ends on December 22, 2017

ED Games Expo

Monday, January 8, 2018

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

 

Invitation and Registration Information for School Classes and Groups to Participate from 10AM to 2PM

 

The John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to invite your school to participate at the 5th Annual ED Games Expo on Monday, January 8, 2018.   Washington DC-area grade, middle, and high schools are welcome to register to bring classrooms of students or groups of up to 30 students. Grade School classes may attend between 10AM and 12 Noon and Middle and High School classes may attend between 12 Noon and 2PM.   

 

The Expo is a hands-on learning event for students to try-out new learning games and technologies while meeting with the developers. The event will feature more than 100 learning games and technologies by more than 70 developers from around the United States.  The games and technologies will be appropriate for students of all ages and will cover areas in STEM, reading and writing, social studies, and social and behavioral development.

 

During the school day Expo, all classes will (1) attend a 45-minute session called “So You Want to Be a Game Developeron the Millennium State at the Kennedy Center, and (2) will also spend one hour playing games and technologies while meeting with the developers. During the visit to the Kennedy Center students will be able to ask the developers questions about gameplay and about a careers as a learning game and technology developer.


All classes or groups that register for the Expo will attend one of the “So You Want to Be A Game Developer” sessions on the Millennium Stage during one of the hours at the Expo, and will be assigned to play or use a specific set of grade level appropriate learning games and technologies during the other hour. The developer of the game will be there to guide students and to interact with students and teachers. 


Please note that from 3PM to 8PM, the event opens to the public, so all DC-students are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian, as are teachers and administrators. Please provide the attached invitation to teachers and parents at your school.


Food/Lunch: The Kennedy Center recommends that students bring a bagged lunch or that there is a plan for purchasing food. Please contact Sirena Dib at sgdib@kennedy-center.org with questions about lunch planning. 

 

Do you know a Citizen Artist? 

The Kennedy Center, a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, honors our 35th President everyday by uplifting ideals from his legacy (service, justice, freedom, courage, and gratitude) that live through the arts. As part of this celebration of legacy, the Kennedy Center launched the “Citizen Artist Fellow Recognition” in 2016, which recognizes emerging artists across the country who utilize their art form for positive impact on communities. The recognized Citizen Artists Fellows will be mentored by Yo-Yo Ma, Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large, among other Kennedy Center artistic partners. Additionally, they will receive national attention for their impact in their local communities and opportunities to showcase their voice and work on stage, through exhibition, and at national convenings.

The recognized Citizen Artist Fellows are a signature component of our annual spring Arts Summit, a national platform for shining a spotlight on stories of Citizen Artists who live up to President Kennedy's ideals. The recognized Citizen Artist Fellows represent the overall diversity of the national audience the Kennedy Center strives to reflect and serve. 

To learn more about characteristics of a great Citizen Artist nominee, please visit our website to see the inaugural cohort of Citizen Artists, who were recognized at the 2017 Arts Summit @ http://www.kennedy-center.org/pages/specialevents/summit



Nominating a Citizen Artist Fellow

Please complete this nomination by December 22, 2017, for an artist, teaching artist, social entrepreneur, or other individual who embodies community connection, impact and at least one of the ideals attributed to the work and life of John F. Kennedy (service, justice, freedom, courage, and gratitude).

Nominees must be available to attend both Arts Summits and the Summer Retreat in order to receive the recognition.

Eligibility

Citizen Artist Fellows must be 21 years of age and older.The Kennedy Center will recognize one Citizen Artist Fellow from each of five US regions (West Coast/Hawaii/Alaska; Southwest; Midwest; Southeast/Virgin Islands; Northeast). Nominators should select the region in which the nominee primarily works and lives. If the nominee works and lives in different regions, please select the region in which the nominee primarily works. 

Northeast
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

Southeast
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, US Virgin Islands

Midwest
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Southwest
Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

West Coast
Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Nomination Timeline 

  • December 22, 2017: Nominations due
  • January 19, 2018: First Round Review (all nominations reviewed, select nominees notified) 
  • February 9, 2018: Second Round Review (second round nominations reviewed; select nominees notified)
  • March 1, 2018 : Finalists Notified (Kennedy Center 2017/2018 Citizen Artist Fellows notified) 


More Details About the Recognition

Selected Citizen Artist Fellows will...

  • Attend, present, and participate in Kennedy Center’s Annual Arts Summit, April 14-16, 2018, designed to bring thought leaders from the arts and related fields together for conversation and connection

  • Collaborate, share practices, and receive mentorship from Yo-Yo Ma and others at the Summer Retreat 

  • Regularly connect on conference calls with each other and Kennedy Center staff

  • Receive opportunities and information regarding national convenings, grant applications, and other resources from top partners such as Aspen Institute, National Endowment for the Arts, ArtChangeUS, and Citizen University

  • Attend, present, and participate in Kennedy Center’s 2019 Arts Summit. 

All transportation and housing for Arts Summits and Summer Retreat will be provided by Kennedy Center!

Nominees must be available to attend both Arts Summits and the Summer Retreat in order to receive the recognition.
Ends on February 16, 2018
Introduction:

The Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts present “SHIFT: A Festival of American
Orchestras,” a three year festival celebrating North American orchestras. SHIFT will reflect each orchestra’s unique identity and strengths on a national platform through performances, community events, symposia, and more.
Before submitting this proposal form, please download and read the Request for Proposal ("RFP"). The
RFP includes crucial information on project eligibility, selection process, performance and residency
activities, compensation, and more.

About the Award

The LEAD® Award for Emerging Leaders was created in 2008 to acknowledge arts administrators who are motivated by the LEAD® conference to become an advocate for accessibility within their own organizations and communities. These individuals have successfully applied what they learn at the conference to open doors to and shape opportunities that are inclusive of people with disabilities and older adults in the cultural arts.

Criteria

Recipients must have attended a LEAD® conference within the past two years and implemented a new access initiative or project as a direct result of their attendance. These new initiatives can include any efforts to improve accessibility, such as conducting a docent, staff, or volunteer accessibility training; providing materials in alternate formats; interpreting a lecture or performance; reviewing and revising organizational policies; forming an access advisory committee; etc.

Applications for the 2018 Awards for Emerging Leaders must be received by May 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed by committee and applicants may be contacted for an interview.

Eligibility

Employees of the Kennedy Center and individuals contracted to work directly with the Office of VSA & Accessibility at the Kennedy Center are ineligible for LEAD Awards while they are under contract and for one year after termination of their agreement. This shall not include individuals engaged solely to provide expertise as speakers or otherwise in connection with any Kennedy Center events.

VSA Affiliates and VSA Contractor organizations are welcome to apply or be nominated for LEAD awards, however, they must demonstrate that a significant portion of their cultural access work is not funded by the Kennedy Center.

Ends on May 1, 2018

About the Award

The LEAD® Awards for Excellence in Accessibility Leadership are unique in that they recognize a full body of work and concentrate on addressing the needs of the disability community as a whole.

Recipients are selected for having sustained accessibility efforts over a significant period of time, demonstrating either an individual or institutional commitment to the inclusion of all people with disabilities. This pertains to incorporating accessibility into organizational programs, projects, and environments. Other factors considered in selecting award winners are the breadth of impact and how the person or entity has served as a role-model or leader within the cultural arts community and in areas such as business, social service, and government.

Nominations

Individuals who have attended the Kennedy Center's LEAD® Conference within the past four years are eligible to nominate arts organizations or individuals for the LEAD® Awards for Excellence in Accessibility Leadership.

Applications for the 2018 Awards for Excellence must be received by May 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed by committee and applicants may be contacted for an interview.

Eligibility

Employees of the Kennedy Center and individuals contracted to work directly with the Office of VSA & Accessibility at the Kennedy Center are ineligible for LEAD Awards while they are under contract and for one year after termination of their agreement. This shall not include individuals engaged solely to provide expertise as speakers or otherwise in connection with any Kennedy Center events.

VSA Affiliates and VSA Contractor organizations are welcome to apply or be nominated for LEAD awards, however, they must demonstrate that a significant portion of their cultural access work is not funded by the Kennedy Center.


Ends on May 1, 2018

About the Award

The LEAD® Community Asset Award recognizes the achievements of cultural arts administrators or organizations that continually demonstrate success with access initiatives, improving accessibility in their organization, city, state or region.

Criteria

Recipients must be an individual or team on staff at a cultural arts organization, or a cultural arts organization that has demonstrated success improving or providing access for individuals with disabilities for a minimum of 5 years. The body of work will be a comprehensive accessibility initiative that recognizes the diversity within the disability community.

Applications for the 2018 Community Asset Awards must be received by May 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed by committee and applicants may be contacted for an interview.

Eligibility

Employees of the Kennedy Center and individuals contracted to work directly with the Office of VSA & Accessibility at the Kennedy Center are ineligible for LEAD Awards while they are under contract and for one year after termination of their agreement. This shall not include individuals engaged solely to provide expertise as speakers or otherwise in connection with any Kennedy Center events.

VSA Affiliates and VSA Contractor organizations are welcome to apply or be nominated for LEAD awards, however, they must demonstrate that a significant portion of their cultural access work is not funded by the Kennedy Center.

Ends on January 15, 2018$25.00
$25.00

Thank you for your interest in the 2017-2018 WNO Opera Institute at American University! 

Please read the full instructions and program information below, as well as the information on the application form, carefully.

You may save and close your application at any time before submitting.  Once you submit your application, you may no longer make changes.  

The Kennedy Center welcomes all applicants.

All audition and program spaces are wheelchair accessible.

If you have questions about accessibility or accommodations, you may contact the Office of Accessibility directly at (202) 416-8727 (voice) or access@kennedy-center.org.


WNO Education staff is here to assist you.  Detailed instructions and information have been provided to help you prepare a strong application and audition--please read all available materials carefully.  If, after reading the website and this application, you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (202) 416-8846 or operainstitute@kennedy-center.org.

Instructions

  • All applications must be submitted online on or before 11:59 PM (EST) on January 15, 2018.
  • Applicants must schedule a live audition OR submit a video audition.
  • Live auditions can be scheduled at https://operainstitute18.youcanbook.me.  Audition times are limited; scheduling early is recommended.
  • Video auditions must be uploaded as part of this online application by January 15, 2018.
  • You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been submitted.  You may need to whitelist Submittable.com to receive this email.  If you don't receive an email, please check your spam folder.
  • You may save your application at any time and return to it later. However, once you submit your application, you may not make changes.
  • Payment:  The application fee is $25. Payment via credit card, debit card, or PayPal is strongly preferred. If these options are not possible for you, please contact operainstitute@kennedy-center.org to discuss alternative payment options.  We will be happy to work with you.

Application Requirements


APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be high school students ages 15-18 who are currently in grades 9-12 and have experience as classical singers.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Please prepare two art songs; one must be in Italian.
Arias from the standard opera and operetta repertoire, as well as musical theater selections, are not permitted and will not be heard. Art songs such as those in the 24 Italian Songs and Arias and similar are suggested.  
Selections must be memorized.

Live Auditions

Live auditions are preferred for students within driving distance of Washington, DC.  (We understand that occasionally this is not possible; if you live within a four-hour drive of the Kennedy Center and cannot audition live, please contact us. You will be welcome to submit a video audition.)  An accompanist will be provided for live auditions; students may not bring their own accompanist. Students will not be able to rehearse with the accompanist ahead of time, but will be able to briefly discuss tempo and any other markings. Audition dates are Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, February 4. Schedule your audition early; availability is limited.  Live audition spaces are wheelchair accessible.  See https://operainstitute18.youcanbook.me for instructions and to book your audition.

Video Auditions

Students should only submit a video audition if they are not able to attend a live audition. The video must be uploaded as part of this application.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Required for All Applicants

  • Online application form
  • Essay
    • Essays must be one page in length
    • Documents may be uploaded as PDF or Word documents.  Pages files will not be accepted
  • Application fee of $25
  • Letter of recommendation (1) 
    • Letters of recommendation must be received within three days after the application deadline
    • Students are responsible for communicating with their referrer to ensure that the recommendation is received. Prior to submitting the application, students should confirm that the teacher is willing to provide a reference and that they enter the correct email address for the teacher.
    • Students will enter the referrer's email address into the online application form. Once the application is submitted, the teacher will receive an automatically generated email with instructions on how to upload a letter of recommendation. The student should ask the teacher to whitelist Submittable.com to ensure that this email is received.  
    • Letters of reference can be uploaded as PDF or Word documents. Pages files will not be accepted.
    • If your teacher has technical issues submitting a letter, you ore your teacher may contact Submittable's help options through the application site. If this does not work or if your issues are not technical, please contact operainstitute@kennedy-center.org and we will be happy to assist you.
  • Photo The photo does not have to be a professional headshot, although you may use a headshot if you have one. Photos are only used to identify students in review. A photo showing the applicant from the shoulders up is preferred; no hats or sunglasses may be worn.

Required for Live Applicants

Required for Video Applicants

  • Two audition selections as described above, which may be submitted as one video or as two separate videos.
  • Students should announce their name, the name of their selection, and the composer of their selection at the beginning of the video; be dressed for an audition; and have the camera set to show a full-length shot of them for the entirety of their performance.
  • Selections that do not fit requirements (arias, musical theater selections, etc.) will not be reviewed. 

Optional for all applicants

  • Résumé (may not exceed one single-sided page)
  • Scholarship Application (see below)


Scholarship Applications

WNO Opera Institute has partial and full tuition scholarships available for students with financial need. However, all students are encouraged to find additional funding through businesses in their community, their schools, and local music societies.

Scholarship applications are separate from the online application, and must be received by February 5, 2018, by mail, or turned in at the live audition. Scholarship applications and instructions can be downloaded via the link found at http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/wno/operainstitute/admissions.cfm. Supporting documentation must be included with the scholarship application form to be considered for financial assistance.  Contact us with questions at operainstitute@kennedy-center.org with questions.

Students should not wait to hear of their acceptance to the program to submit requests for financial assistance.  Please be sure to submit the application along with full documentation by February 5. 



Questions or Concerns

If you have technical issues with the application, please use Submittable's help options through the application website.  For all other questions or concerns, please contact operainstitute@kennedy-center.org or (202) 416-8846.
Ends on January 17, 2018$6.00
$6.00
Thank you for your interest in the 2017-2018 WNO Young Associates Program! 

Please read the full instructions and program information below, as well as the information on the application form, carefully.

You may save and close your application at any time before submitting.  Once you submit your application, you may no longer make changes.  

The Kennedy Center welcomes all applicants.

All event spaces are wheelchair accessible.

If you have questions about accessibility or accommodations, you may contact the Office of Accessibility directly at (202) 416-8727 (voice) or access@kennedy-center.org.

PROGRAM INFORMATION


Application Deadlines

The application deadline is Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Teacher recommendations must be received by Monday, January 22, 2017, 11:59  p.m. EST.  


Eligibility

This program is open to high school students in the greater Washington, D.C. area who are interested in exploring the professional world of opera.  Whether interested in performing onstage or in the orchestra; designing sets, costumes, or lighting; building and managing the technical components involved in a complicated production; bringing the production and audiences together through public relations and marketing; using art to impact the world around you; or any of the various other aspects that go into making opera and related art forms happen; we welcome you to apply!

Students who have applied to or participated in the WNO Young Associates program previously are welcome--and encouraged--to reapply.


Program Schedule and Attendance Expectations

Accepted students must commit to attending at least 4 of the 6 events.  Attendance at the orientation on February 6 is required.

Students should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each event to check in and be escorted to the event area.

Please check your schedules before applying to ensure that you will be able to meet these requirements.  If you have questions about any potential conflicts, please email akday@kennedy-center.org or call 202-416-8846. 

Tuesday, February 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Orientation
The Kennedy Center
Thursday, February 8, 7-8:30 p.m
WNO Rehearsal Studios in Takoma Park
Tuesday, February 13, 7-8:30 p.m. 
WNO Rehearsal Studios in Takoma Park
Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 
WNO Rehearsal Studios in Takoma Park
Saturday, February 24, 4:30-8:30 p.m. 
The Kennedy Center
Wednesday, February 28, 7-10 p.m. 
The Kennedy Center

Additional optional events may be added throughout the year. 


Please note that sessions take place at both the Kennedy Center and the WNO Rehearsal Studios located in Takoma Park.  



Fees

Application Fee:  $6.00 (non-refundable)
Program Fee:  $40.00 (includes all events and meals, when provided)
Need-based scholarships are available.  Contact akday@kennedy-center.org with inquiries.



APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS


Students must submit an online application form including three short essay questions, a teacher recommendation, and a $6.00 application fee.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Contact akday@kennedy-center.org with questions or concerns.

Brief Essay Questions

As part of this online application form, students will need to answer the following questions in 750 words or less:
  • What do you hope to gain from participating in the WNO Young Associates program?
  • Describe your thinking about your academic and professional plans for high school and beyond.  Some questions to consider:  What are your long- and short-term personal and professional goals?  What information, skills, and experiences do you need to make progress on meeting these goals?  What questions or decisions are you grappling with in this area? What do you wish you knew more about? It's okay to be undecided; we just want to know where you are now.
  • Describe a time when art (of any genre) has done something powerful--in your own life or in the world around you.
    OR
    If you could turn any book, movie, play, or story into an opera, what would you choose?  What would make it a good opera?


Teacher Recommendation

As prospective members of a pre-professional program preparing students for higher education and beyond, students are expected to be responsible for ensuring that all application materials are submitted completely and in a timely manner.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to communicate with his or her teacher regarding the letter of recommendation procedures and expectations.  

Students will enter the email address of the referring teacher on this application.  Once the application is submitted, the teacher will receive an email with a link to upload a reference letter. Be sure to check with your teacher about his or her preferred email address, and to have the teacher whitelist submittable.com or check his or her spam folder to ensure receipt of the reference letter request.  Teacher recommendations must be received by January 22. 

If possible, the referring teacher should provide the following information in the recommendation:
1. Name, contact information, and relationship to applicant (voice teacher, theater director, etc.)
2. Why this student is a good candidate for the WNO Young Associates program and how he or she will benefit from participation
3. Obstacles and areas of need the student faces in terms of future success, both as a performer and/or in general
4. Any concerns about the student's ability to attend the program or to meet expectations


Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay your non-refundable $6.00 application fee when you submit this application.  Payment via credit or debit card or Paypal is strongly preferred.  If you do not have access to these forms of payment, please contact akday@kennedy-center.org for information about alternate ways to send payment.



Please visit kennedy-center.org/wnoyoungassociates for program information.  


Questions or Concerns

If you have technical issues with the application, please use Submittable's help options through the application website.  For all other questions or concerns, please contact akday@kennedy-center.org or (202) 416-8846 with questions or concerns.

Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., which is live-streamed and archived on the Kennedy Center website. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre including classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and more! Started by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in 1984, the program has provided opportunities for hundreds of emerging young musicians with disabilities.

Applications for the 2018 VSA International Young Soloists Competition will be accepted online. For more information on the competition and for the online application, visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/IYS. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enter the VSA International Young Soloists Competition you must meet all four of the following criteria: 

1.    Be a musician with a disability. As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, and communicating; additionally major life activities include the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.

2.    Be age 14-25. Applicants must not be younger than 14 or older than 25 at the time of the application deadline (February 7, 2018). All members of an ensemble must meet the age requirement in order to be eligible.

3.    Have never won the VSA International Young Soloists Competition. Applicants are welcome to apply every year until they win or age out of the competition.

4.    Be present for the VSA International Young Soloists Events and Performance on May 30, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Washington, D.C. If selected, winners must be present to accept the award.

If selected as a winner, applicants are required to provide proof of age and disability, and must be willing to publicly disclose that they have a disability for all materials and public appearances associated with the VSA International Young Soloist competition.

The VSA International Young Soloists Competition is open to:

·         Soloists (instrumental or vocal)
·         Ensembles* (instrumental or vocal) of two (2) to five (5) members, such as rock bands, chamber ensembles, and choral groups.
·         Musicians of all genres, including—but not limited to-- classical, jazz, hip-hop/rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World.
·         Domestic Applicants: U.S. citizens and legal residents of the U.S.; and International Applicants: non-U.S. citizens, including citizens of other countries living in the U.S. such as those on student visas.

*For ensembles to be eligible, at least one musician must have a disability, and all members must be between the ages of 14-25.


Additional Competition Information

Performance and Attendance Requirement

The VSA International Young Soloists performance will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6 p.m. on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Winners of the competition must be present for the entire event from Tuesday May 29 – Wednesday, May 30, 2018 and the performance on May 30, 2018 at 6 p.m. to accept the award.

Selection Process and Adjudication Criteria

An advisory panel comprised of distinguished international music professionals and educators will assist with the three-tiered selection process.

VSA Affiliates and State Level Young Soloists Competitions

Many VSA affiliate organizations across the United States implement their own Young Soloists Competition programs at the state level. These are run independently and do not preclude applicants from applying or competing at both the state and national level.  If you would like to compete at the national level you MUST submit your application directly through this, the national site (www.kennedy-center.org/IYS).

 

Application Checklist

·         Read our Frequently Asked Questions at www.kennedy-center.org/IYS .

·         Complete the online application form

o   NOTE: to request application materials in a different format, email vsainfo@kennedy-center.org.

 ·         Provide a narrative statement (up to 250 words) in the provided text box or as an audio or video clip. The narrative should include biographical information (i.e. educational background, past solo or ensemble experience, musical goals) and the reasons you feel you or your ensemble should be selected as a VSA International Young Soloist winner.

 ·         Attach media files of three (3) musical selections (audio or video).

o   NOTE: If you have difficulty uploading your media files, email vsainfo@kennedy-center.org.

 Please read the following media file submission guidelines carefully:

o   Before uploading your files, please re-name them in the following format:

-  IYS Submission 1

-  IYS Submission 2

-  IYS Submission 3

o   Where indicated on the application form, please list the title and composer of each submission.

o   Video files are suggested, but not required.

o   Please note that while the quality of your media submissions should be high, it is not necessary to have your audio or video professionally recorded.

o   Each uploaded file should be a recording of one piece only (multiple movements for a piece can be in one file).

o   Each recording should be 10 minutes or less in length.

o   Please upload your most proficient piece into Selection #1.

    • Selected pieces should represent your current musicianship and repertoire. Therefore recordings should be relatively recent (no more than one year old).
    • If chosen, winners will not be permitted to use recorded music in their performance. Therefore, if you will be using accompaniment on your recordings it must be live accompaniment.
    • Applicants may only apply on one instrument. Even if you are talented on multiple instruments, please pick the one on which you feel you are most proficient and send us recordings showcasing that instrument only.
    • The application accepts files in the following formats: Audio (MP3, MP4) and Video (WMV)

·         Application materials should be submitted no later than February 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. We will receive your files the day that you submit them, and you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of submitting your online application; please check your junk mail folder for this email. If you have not received a confirmation email after 24 hours, please contact us directly at vsainfo@kennedy-center.org or 202-416-8898.

Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., which is live-streamed and archived on the Kennedy Center website. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre including classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and more! Started by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in 1984, the program has provided opportunities for hundreds of emerging young musicians with disabilities.

Applications for the 2018 VSA International Young Soloists Competition will be accepted online. For more information on the competition and for the online application, visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/IYSThe application deadline is Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enter the VSA International Young Soloists Competition you must meet all four of the following criteria: 

1.    Be a musician with a disability. As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, and communicating; additionally major life activities include the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.

2.    Be age 14-25. Applicants must not be younger than 14 or older than 25 at the time of the application deadline (February 7, 2018). All members of an ensemble must meet the age requirement in order to be eligible.

3.    Have never won the VSA International Young Soloists Competition. Applicants are welcome to apply every year until they win or age out of the competition.

4.    Be present for the VSA International Young Soloists Events and Performance on May 30, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Washington, D.C. If selected, winners must be present to accept the award.

If selected as a winner, applicants are required to provide proof of age and disability, and must be willing to publicly disclose that they have a disability for all materials and public appearances associated with the VSA International Young Soloist competition.

The VSA International Young Soloists Competition is open to:

·         Soloists (instrumental or vocal)
·         Ensembles* (instrumental or vocal) of two (2) to five (5) members, such as rock bands, chamber ensembles, and choral groups. 
·         Musicians of all genres, including—but not limited to-- classical, jazz, hip-hop/rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World. 
·         Domestic Applicants: U.S. citizens and legal residents of the U.S.; and International Applicants: non-U.S. citizens, including citizens of other countries living in the U.S. such as those on student visas.

*For ensembles to be eligible, at least one musician must have a disability, and all members must be between the ages of 14-25.


Additional Competition Information

Performance and Attendance Requirement

The VSA International Young Soloists performance will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6 p.m. on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Winners of the competition must be present for the entire event from Tuesday May 29 – Wednesday, May 30, 2018 and the performance on May 30, 2018 at 6 p.m. to accept the award.

Selection Process and Adjudication Criteria

An advisory panel comprised of distinguished international music professionals and educators will assist with the three-tiered selection process.

VSA Affiliates and State Level Young Soloists Competitions

Many VSA affiliate organizations across the United States implement their own Young Soloists Competition programs at the state level. These are run independently and do not preclude applicants from applying or competing at both the state and national level.  If you would like to compete at the national level you MUST submit your application directly through this, the national site (www.kennedy-center.org/IYS).

 

Application Checklist

·         Read our Frequently Asked Questions at www.kennedy-center.org/IYS .

·         Complete the online application form

o   NOTE: to request application materials in a different format, email vsainfo@kennedy-center.org.

 ·         Provide a narrative statement (up to 250 words) in the provided text box or as an audio or video clip. The narrative should include biographical information (i.e. educational background, past solo or ensemble experience, musical goals) and the reasons you feel you or your ensemble should be selected as a VSA International Young Soloist winner.

 ·         Attach media files of three (3) musical selections (audio or video).

o   NOTE: If you have difficulty uploading your media files, email vsainfo@kennedy-center.org.

 Please read the following media file submission guidelines carefully:

o   Before uploading your files, please re-name them in the following format:

-  IYS Submission 1

-  IYS Submission 2

-  IYS Submission 3

o   Where indicated on the application form, please list the title and composer of each submission.

o   Video files are suggested, but not required.

o   Please note that while the quality of your media submissions should be high, it is not necessary to have your audio or video professionally recorded.

o   Each uploaded file should be a recording of one piece only (multiple movements for a piece can be in one file).

o   Each recording should be 10 minutes or less in length.

o   Please upload your most proficient piece into Selection #1.

  • Selected pieces should represent your current musicianship and repertoire. Therefore recordings should be relatively recent (no more than one year old).
  • If chosen, winners will not be permitted to use recorded music in their performance. Therefore, if you will be using accompaniment on your recordings it must be live accompaniment.
  • Applicants may only apply on one instrument. Even if you are talented on multiple instruments, please pick the one on which you feel you are most proficient and send us recordings showcasing that instrument only.
  • The application accepts files in the following formats: Audio (MP3, MP4) and Video (WMV)

·         Application materials should be submitted no later than February 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern TimeWe will receive your files the day that you submit them, and you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of submitting your online application; please check your junk mail folder for this email. If you have not received a confirmation email after 24 hours, please contact us directly at vsainfo@kennedy-center.org or 202-416-8898.

Ends on December 24, 2017$30.00
$30.00
Thank you for your interest in Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell! You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted.

Please note: you may save and close your application at any time before submitting. Once you submit your application, you may no longer make changes to your application. This includes attaching files for a video application.

The final submission deadline is Sunday, December 24 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Please visit the Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell website for further audition details and instructions (2018 information coming soon). Your online account will store details regarding your audition date and location selection for your reference.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with submitting your application, please send an email to support@submittable.com and a Submittable representative will be in touch regarding your issue.

Thank you for your interest in The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards! You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted.

Please note: you may save and close your application at any time before submitting. Once you submit your application, you may no longer make changes to your application. This includes attaching essays, videos, or audio files.

The submission deadline is Sunday, December 31st, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Please visit the Kennedy Center website for application information and instructions.

Guidelines for Nominators:
-Nominators must be at least 18 years of age

-Nominators must have been the Nominee’s student; no nominations by peers, parents of students, etc., will be accepted.

-Nominators must no longer be enrolled in the school where the Nominee was their teacher.

-Nominator must provide adequate contact information for us to be able to reach the teacher being nominated.

Guidelines for Nominees:

- Nominees must be legal residents of the United States. Nominees for posthumous awards must have legal residents of the United States

-Nominees must teach or have taught in a K-12 school, or college, or university in the United States.

-Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas are eligible.

 



Ends on January 15, 2018

The Kennedy Center Office of Accessibility is seeking proposals for the 2018 LEAD® conference that:

  • approach accessibility from a customer service and civil rights perspective 
  • provide practical information addressing current trends and challenges in this field
  • actively engage participants through discussion and/or hands-on activities
  • explore accessibility for a variety of cultural arts organizations, including performing arts centers, museums, theaters, state arts agencies, parks, zoos, and arenas
  • target new, mid-career, or seasoned professionals
The 2018 conference will be held in Atlanta, GA. with capacity building workshops on August 7-8 and the conference on August 9-11. Sessions will be selected by and at the sole discretion of the LEAD® content committee under the supervision of the Kennedy Center.  Presenters should be prepared to cover travel and hotel expenses, meal costs, and applicable conference fees.   Presenters may submit more than one proposal.

Please note: The LEAD® conference does not address professional development for artists with disabilities or arts education.  For resources for artists, please visit the VSA Programs page.  For information on arts in education, please visit the VSA Intersections Conference page. 

For more information,
to request proposal materials in a different format, or to discuss your proposal, please contact the Kennedy Center Office of Accessibility at 202-416-8727 or access@kennedy-center.org.

For more information about LEAD®, please visit
our website.

Please fill out the entire form. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Please complete this form with additional information on your organization and more detailed data estimates for your VSA Program.  This form must be submitted, along with proof of non-commercial status and a W-9, before your initial contract fee payment can be made.  

· If you have been offered more than one VSA Program Contract, you will need to submit a separate VSA Contract Organization and Program Data Form for each contract.

· Save your report as a draft until completed. You can re-enter it at any time by going to https://apply.submit.kennedy-center.org/login Then go to the Saved Drafts tab. Make sure your browser keeps “login” at the end of the address and doesn’t default to “apply.”

· If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org

Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include at least one student with a disability are invited to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance: plays, screenplays, spoken word poetry (for single performer or a group), or music theater. Writers are encouraged to craft short works from their own experiences and observations, create fictional characters and settings, or choose to write metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience.

The piece may be of any genre, and scripts should be in the ten-minute play format. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students that includes at least one student with a disability. The competition has three divisions: Primary (grades 6-7), Junior (grades 8-9), and Senior (grades 10-12) (or equivalents). A panel of performing arts professionals selects the division winners.

One winning piece is chosen in each the Primary and Junior Divisions (grades 6-7 / ages 11-13 and 8-9 / ages 13-15 respectively). Winners will be featured in the press and on the Kennedy Center website.

Selected winners in the Senior Division (grades 10-12 / ages 15-18) will receive exclusive access to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C., and the opportunity to participate in staged readings and workshops alongside the nation's premier collegiate playwrights as well as participate in the festival’s award ceremony. The Playwright Discovery Program winners will participate in the festival from Wednesday, April 11 – Saturday, April 14, 2018. Winners of the Senior Division must be present for the entire event in order to be eligible for the award.

The application deadline is Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enter the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. The competition is open to U.S. and international applicants. However, all pieces must be submitted in English; pieces submitted in other languages will not be accepted.

2. Be a student with a disability or an ensemble that includes a student with a disability. As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, and communicating; additionally major life activities include the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.

3. All pieces must explore the disability experience. See “Submission Rules” for a definition of disability and more information about the disability experience.

4. Authors must be students in U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalent) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students. Students in grades 6-7 (ages 11-13) apply to the Primary Division, students in grades 8-9 (13-15) apply to the Junior Division, and students in grades 10-12 (15-18) apply to the Senior Division.

5. Previous applicants are eligible to reapply in subsequent years until they win or age out of the competition. Any applicant (applying as an individual or with a group) may win once in either the Primary or Junior Division, and once in the Senior Division. This means:
     a. Primary Division winners may submit a new piece for consideration to the Senior Division when of age, but may not apply to the Junior Division.
     b. Junior Division winners may submit a new piece for consideration to the Senior Division.
     c. Senior Division winners are not eligible to reapply to the competition.

6. Co-authorships of up to five students are accepted, but all authors must fulfill eligibility requirements and at least one must be a student with a disability. Co-authors of a piece must be eligible for the same division (i.e. authors of a Primary Division piece must all be enrolled in grades 6-7 or ages 11-13), but do not have to be in the same grade level. The application must include information for all authors.

7. Senior Division winners must be present for the VSA Playwright Discovery Program even from Wednesday, April 11 – Saturday, April 14, 2018 in order to be eligible for the award.

Applicants may be asked to submit proof and/or an affidavit of eligibility if selected as finalists or winners of the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition.

Submission Rules

1.  All entries must explore the disability experience.

What is the definition of disability? A disability could be a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activities, or it could be a physiological disorder affecting one of the body’s systems, or a mental or psychological disorder. The disability may be visible and obvious to see, such as quadriplegia, cataracts, or cerebral palsy, or it may be invisible and less obvious, such as a person who is deaf or has a learning disability.

What is the definition of the disability experience? There is no dictionary definition of disability experience, but here are a variety of ideas to consider:
     a. Having a disability is something that can happen to any person at any time in his or her life. Some examples: a senior citizen develops Alzheimer’s, a young adult with traumatic brain injury due to a car accident, a parent struggling with the onset of Type II Diabetes. Disability takes many forms (as you can see from the very broad definition listed above), and can change during the course of a lifespan. Think of someone you know—yourself, or someone in your family, community, or at school—that experiences a disability. There are probably more people around you living with a disability than you might think.
     b. The disability experience is related to society’s perceptions about people with disabilities or the individual’s experience of disability. It is important to recognize, evaluate, and even challenge those perceptions and acknowledge and respect these experiences. We believe that writing for performance is the perfect vehicle to do just that. Gregg Mozgala, a theater artist with a disability, says,
I believe in the transformative power of theatre. Through the collaborative experience of the artistic process I believe the disabled experience can be more sincerely and accurately reflected on stage, that new communities can be forged, perceptions changed and barriers to understanding and empathy can be shattered.” (www.theapothetae.org/about)
     c. See our Playwriting Resources page (found at www.kennedy-center.org/PDP) for more ideas about the disability experience.

2. Pieces must be submitted in English; piece submitted in other languages will not be accepted.

3. All entries that are scripts must be in the ten-minute play format. A ten-minute play is a play with at least two characters. It is not a scene, skit, or sketch. Structurally, it should have a beginning, middle, and end, just as any good one-act or full-length play. Since we only have ten minutes to bring the story full circle, a dramatic conflict should be posed as quickly as possible. The resolution of that conflict is what plays out across the remaining pages. The true success of a Ten-Minute Play is reliant on the writer’s ability to bring an audience through the same cathartic/entertaining experience that a good one-act or full-length play accomplishes. Ten-minutes means eight or nine pages, but certainly no more than ten pages. READ YOUR PLAY OUT LOUD to see how it times out using standard playwriting format.

4. Acceptable entries include spoken word poetry, traditional theater scripts, film, or TV scripts, non-linear scripts, writing for performance that does not rely on spoken language, and/or writing that emphasize the use of multimedia, non-traditional technologies/techniques, puppetry and audience participation. Since non-text entries are accepted, pieces may be submitted as video or audio files, in addition to Microsoft Word files.

5. To request application materials in a different format, please call 202-416-8898 or email vsainfo@kennedy-center.org

6. Entries must be original, unproduced, and unpublished at the time of submission. Pieces with previous readings or workshops are acceptable, as long as they were not produced for a paying audience and have not been publicly reviewed.

7. Text entries must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document and video or audio entries must be submitted as MP3, MP4, WMA, or WMV files. All entries should follow these formatting guidelines:

     a. Include a cover sheet listing the title of the piece and the cast list. Do not show your name, address, or any identifying information on the cover or any page of your entry.
     b. Typed in 12 point Times New Roman font.
     c. List page numbers on each page of the piece (not counting the cover sheet)
     d. Set the page layout to portrait (no landscape, please)

8. Authors may submit only one script, whether under his or her name, a pseudonym, or as a co-author.

9. If an entry includes any material that is copyrighted or otherwise owned or controlled by someone other than the authors (including but not limited to, poetry, music and/or lyrics, characters originally created by others in any medium, and/or stories based on real people and/or other people’s lives) the author shall provide proof of written permission to include such material in the script.

Please read the following file submission guidelines carefully:
·         Before uploading your file, please re-name it in the following format:
     -       TITLE OF SCRIPT
·         The application accepts files in the following formats: DOC, DOCX, PDF, MP3, MP4, WMA, or WMV

Application materials should be submitted no later than January 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern TimeWe will receive your application the day that you submit it, and you will receive verification of your submission.

Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include at least one student with a disability are invited to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance: plays, screenplays, spoken word poetry (for single performer or a group), or music theater. Writers are encouraged to craft short works from their own experiences and observations, create fictional characters and settings, or choose to write metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience.

The piece may be of any genre, and scripts should be in the ten-minute play format. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students that includes at least one student with a disability. The competition has three divisions: Primary (grades 6-7), Junior (grades 8-9), and Senior (grades 10-12) (or equivalents). A panel of performing arts professionals selects the division winners.

One winning piece is chosen in each the Primary and Junior Divisions (grades 6-7 / ages 11-13 and 8-9 / ages 13-15 respectively). Winners will be featured in the press and on the Kennedy Center website.

Selected winners in the Senior Division (grades 10-12 / ages 15-18) will receive exclusive access to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C., and the opportunity to participate in staged readings and workshops alongside the nation's premier collegiate playwrights as well as participate in the festival’s award ceremony. The Playwright Discovery Program winners will participate in the festival from Wednesday, April 11 – Saturday, April 14, 2018. Winners of the Senior Division must be present for the entire event in order to be eligible for the award.

The application deadline is Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enter the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. The competition is open to U.S. and international applicants. However, all pieces must be submitted in English; pieces submitted in other languages will not be accepted.

2. Be a student with a disability or an ensemble that includes a student with a disability. As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, and communicating; additionally major life activities include the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.

3. All pieces must explore the disability experience. See “Submission Rules” for a definition of disability and more information about the disability experience.

4. Authors must be students in U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalent) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students. Students in grades 6-7 (ages 11-13) apply to the Primary Division, students in grades 8-9 (13-15) apply to the Junior Division, and students in grades 10-12 (15-18) apply to the Senior Division.

5. Previous applicants are eligible to reapply in subsequent years until they win or age out of the competition. Any applicant (applying as an individual or with a group) may win once in either the Primary or Junior Division, and once in the Senior Division. This means:
     a. Primary Division winners may submit a new piece for consideration to the Senior Division when of age, but may not apply to the Junior Division.
     b. Junior Division winners may submit a new piece for consideration to the Senior Division.
     c. Senior Division winners are not eligible to reapply to the competition.

6. Co-authorships of up to five students are accepted, but all authors must fulfill eligibility requirements and at least one must be a student with a disability. Co-authors of a piece must be eligible for the same division (i.e. authors of a Primary Division piece must all be enrolled in grades 6-7 or ages 11-13), but do not have to be in the same grade level. The application must include information for all authors.

7. Senior Division winners must be present for the VSA Playwright Discovery Program even from Wednesday, April 11 – Saturday, April 14, 2018 in order to be eligible for the award.

Applicants may be asked to submit proof and/or an affidavit of eligibility if selected as finalists or winners of the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition.

Submission Rules

1.  All entries must explore the disability experience.

What is the definition of disability? A disability could be a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activities, or it could be a physiological disorder affecting one of the body’s systems, or a mental or psychological disorder. The disability may be visible and obvious to see, such as quadriplegia, cataracts, or cerebral palsy, or it may be invisible and less obvious, such as a person who is deaf or has a learning disability.

What is the definition of the disability experience? There is no dictionary definition of disability experience, but here are a variety of ideas to consider:
     a. Having a disability is something that can happen to any person at any time in his or her life. Some examples: a senior citizen develops Alzheimer’s, a young adult with traumatic brain injury due to a car accident, a parent struggling with the onset of Type II Diabetes. Disability takes many forms (as you can see from the very broad definition listed above), and can change during the course of a lifespan. Think of someone you know—yourself, or someone in your family, community, or at school—that experiences a disability. There are probably more people around you living with a disability than you might think.
     b. The disability experience is related to society’s perceptions about people with disabilities or the individual’s experience of disability. It is important to recognize, evaluate, and even challenge those perceptions and acknowledge and respect these experiences. We believe that writing for performance is the perfect vehicle to do just that. Gregg Mozgala, a theater artist with a disability, says,
I believe in the transformative power of theatre. Through the collaborative experience of the artistic process I believe the disabled experience can be more sincerely and accurately reflected on stage, that new communities can be forged, perceptions changed and barriers to understanding and empathy can be shattered.” (
www.theapothetae.org/about)
     c. See our Playwriting Resources page (found at 
www.kennedy-center.org/PDP) for more ideas about the disability experience.

2. Pieces must be submitted in English; piece submitted in other languages will not be accepted.

3. All entries that are scripts must be in the ten-minute play format. A ten-minute play is a play with at least two characters. It is not a scene, skit, or sketch. Structurally, it should have a beginning, middle, and end, just as any good one-act or full-length play. Since we only have ten minutes to bring the story full circle, a dramatic conflict should be posed as quickly as possible. The resolution of that conflict is what plays out across the remaining pages. The true success of a Ten-Minute Play is reliant on the writer’s ability to bring an audience through the same cathartic/entertaining experience that a good one-act or full-length play accomplishes. Ten-minutes means eight or nine pages, but certainly no more than ten pages. READ YOUR PLAY OUT LOUD to see how it times out using standard playwriting format.

4. Acceptable entries include spoken word poetry, traditional theater scripts, film, or TV scripts, non-linear scripts, writing for performance that does not rely on spoken language, and/or writing that emphasize the use of multimedia, non-traditional technologies/techniques, puppetry and audience participation. Since non-text entries are accepted, pieces may be submitted as video or audio files, in addition to Microsoft Word files.

5. To request application materials in a different format, please call 202-416-8898 or email vsainfo@kennedy-center.org

6. Entries must be original, unproduced, and unpublished at the time of submission. Pieces with previous readings or workshops are acceptable, as long as they were not produced for a paying audience and have not been publicly reviewed.

7. Text entries must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document and video or audio entries must be submitted as MP3, MP4, WMA, or WMV files. All entries should follow these formatting guidelines:

     a. Include a cover sheet listing the title of the piece and the cast list. Do not show your name, address, or any identifying information on the cover or any page of your entry.
     b. Typed in 12 point Times New Roman font.
     c. List page numbers on each page of the piece (not counting the cover sheet)
     d. Set the page layout to portrait (no landscape, please)

8. Authors may submit only one script, whether under his or her name, a pseudonym, or as a co-author.

9. If an entry includes any material that is copyrighted or otherwise owned or controlled by someone other than the authors (including but not limited to, poetry, music and/or lyrics, characters originally created by others in any medium, and/or stories based on real people and/or other people’s lives) the author shall provide proof of written permission to include such material in the script.

Please read the following file submission guidelines carefully:
·         Before uploading your file, please re-name it in the following format:
     -       TITLE OF SCRIPT
·         The application accepts files in the following formats: DOC, DOCX, PDF, MP3, MP4, WMA, or WMV

Application materials should be submitted no later than January 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. We will receive your application the day that you submit it, and you will receive verification of your submission.

Ends on January 8, 2018$6.00
$6.00
Thank you for your interest in the NSO Young Associates' Program. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted.

Please note: you may save and close your application at any time before submitting. Once you submit your application, you may no longer make changes to your application. This includes attaching files.

The submission deadline is Thursday, January 4, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Please visit the NSO Young Associates’ Program website for audition details and instructions.

The Kennedy Center welcomes all applicants.

Questions about accessibility or accommodations? Contact the Office of Accessibility directly at (202) 416-8727 (voice) or access@kennedy-center.org.


Ends on December 22, 2017
You have been forwarded this application because your Music Supervisor has nominated you to be considered to perform on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in celebration of Music In Our Schools Month.

From the nominations received, three student ensembles will be selected to perform on March 20, 2018. 

To be considered, you must complete the online application form and upload supporting materials (video/audio recording) by Thursday, December 21, 2017. Ensembles who are selected will be notified by January 29, 2018.

If you have questions about the Kennedy Center’s Music In Our Schools Month Celebration, please contact Jennifer Bowman at (202)
416-8828 or jmbowman@kennedy-center.org

Guidelines
  • Groups selected to perform must be able to arrange for their own transportation and arrive at the appointed time for sound check and rehearsal. Selected groups will also receive a $500 stipend to assist with the cost of transportation.    
  • Groups must be available either on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 between 4-7 p.m.  Please indicate which date the group is available for on the nomination form.  Each chosen group will have a 15-minute slot on the day of the performance.
  • Please know the stage is 24’ x 24’ which usually fits an ensemble or choir size of up to 30 people. For larger groups, we recommend taping a 24’ x 24’ box during a rehearsal to get a sense of performing in a space that size. 
  • Groups must be able to meet all Kennedy Center requests for information and/or materials in a timely manner.

        Other information:

        For the performance, the Kennedy Center will provide:

  • a 5’ Steinway piano on the stage

  • choral risers, folding chairs, music stands, conductor’s podium

  • limited changing space

  • sound and lighting   


Ends on January 22, 2018$30.00
$30.00
Thank you for your interest in the National Symphony Orchestra National Trustees Summer Music Institute. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted.

The Kennedy Center welcomes all applicants.

Please note: you may save and close your application at any time before submitting. Once you submit your application, you may no longer make changes to your application. This includes attaching files. 

The submission deadline is Monday, January 22, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Please visit the NSO Summer Music Institute website for audition details and instructions. If you need the application fee waived or financial aid for travel and food costs, applicants are required to submit the financial aid form (found on the website) and include a most recent tax return.

Questions about accessibility or accommodations? Contact the Office of Accessibility directly at (202) 416-8727 (voice) or access@kennedy-center.org.

All children with disabilities, grades PreK-12* (ages 3 to 18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.), from around the world are eligible to submit artwork to this VSA International Art Program. Group projects are accepted so long as all artists are students with disabilities.

Only visual art will be accepted.

Art must be an original work that has been completed within the last year and attributable to the artist or artists.

Artwork Specifications
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2-D pieces only. Examples include: painting, drawing  (charcoal, pen & ink, graphite/ colored pencil, marker, etc.), oil or chalk pastel, mixed media/collage, photography (digital or darkroom)
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2-D photographs of 3-D work accepted

Artwork on must be one of the following standard sizes:
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8 in x 10 in (standard for: canvas, photographs)
- 9 in x 12 in (standard for: canvas, construction/drawing paper)
- 11 in x 14 in (standard for: canvas, photographs)
- 12 in x 18 in (standard for: construction/drawing paper)
- 18 in x 24 in (standard for: canvas, construction/drawing paper)

- Submitted paper-based artwork will be matted and framed by VSA
- Submitted canvases must be canvas board or stretched canvas, and may or may not be framed by VSA


Applicants must submit their artwork electronically. By submitting artwork, applicants acknowledge that their artwork may be displayed on an online gallery of artwork and may be selected to be part of the exhibition in Washington, D.C.  Any artwork selected for physical display shall become the property of VSA and the Kennedy Center, and may not be returned to the artist.

No slides or hard copy materials will be accepted for this call for entry. Photographs of three-dimensional works are permitted. Applicants must allow enough time to prepare their images to the specifications and finalize the electronic submission process prior to the midnight (EST) deadline of June 6, 2018.

VSA and the Kennedy Center are not responsible for submissions that are incomplete or that fail to upload.

Art selection will be at the discretion of VSA and based on their evaluation of the artwork submitted.

The artist's guardian agrees to allow VSA the right to use their submission for public relations purposes, including broadcast, print, and electronic media.