Call for Academic Papers addressing the Arts and Special Education
VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education
Exemplary Programs and Approaches Professional Papers Series: Volume 4
VSA Intersections is a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking academic papers addressing critical issues of research, practice, and policy in the arts and special education for publication in Volume 4 of the Exemplary Programs and Approaches Professional Papers Series. This series spans a wide spectrum of art forms, age groups, and learner profiles to contribute to the body of literature that informs the emerging field of the arts and special education.

Through the annual VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference and published professional development resources, the Kennedy Center’s Office of VSA and Accessibility aims to achieve ambitious goals that support powerful arts education for students with disabilities. This summer, in collaboration with the Kennedy Center’s Department of Research & Evaluation—and with the support and advice of academics, researchers, and practitioners—The Kennedy Center will publish a 5-year plan for advancing the field through rigorous research around questions of Access and Equity, Instructional Design and Practice Innovation, and Efficacy and Effectiveness.

With that bold agenda in mind, Volume 4 of the Exemplary Programs and Approaches Professional Papers Series will further the offerings of the first three volumes, available at: http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/resources/edu_parents.cfm. Edited and published in collaboration with the Division of Visual and Performing Arts (DARTS) at the Council for Exceptional Children, Volume 4 will further lay the groundwork for the field’s first peer-reviewed journal, slated to debut in 2019.

The deadline for submission is August 15, 2017. Authors will be notified of their status by October 1 and provided with feedback from the editorial team. Final drafts of selected submissions will be due by November 15. The volume will be published in early 2018.

The strongest submissions will:
  • Be written in clear, grammatically correct English, using the academic, third person point of view. Citations will be provided in APA format. Maximum length is 15 pages, inclusive of references, tables, and figures.
  • Include a succinct abstract that makes clear the goal and audience for the paper. The paper itself will support these choices.
  • Address content that sits squarely at the juncture of arts education and special education:
    • Papers must address at least one art form (or art broadly) and describe the arts in an educational context, whether school- or community-based.
    • Papers must also address the specific educational experiences of students with disabilities or educators working with students with disabilities, and successfully integrate the above discussion of the arts with discussion of special education practices, policies or research.
  • Align with one of 3 identified priority areas:
    • Access and Equity addresses questions of fair and impartial distribution of arts learning opportunities for students with disabilities.
    • Instructional Design and Innovation encompasses instructional strategies and curricular approaches in arts learning for students with disabilities.
    • Efficacy, Effectiveness, and Scale-Up builds on innovations in instructional strategies to influence best practice on a large scale.
  • Integrate research where applicable, and provide evidence to support claims made about teachers, students, disability and/or instructional practice.
  • Integrate research where applicable, and provide evidence to support claims made about teachers, students, disability and/or instructional practice:
    • Case studies presented should be analyzed with an eye towards scalability of practice and/or directions for future research,
    • Best practices of exemplar programs should be highlighted and explained in ways that are understandable and replicable, and/or
    • Research studies should be placed in the context of the larger library of literature, with a discussion of where studies build on existing research and where studies lay groundwork for future research.
Our goal is to publish a volume of academic papers that represent the wide scope of players at work in this field today, with an eye towards shaping the practices, policy, and research of tomorrow. In addition to the qualities above, papers will be screened for their relationship to each other and the role they could fill in a collection of diverse works.

For questions, please contact Jenna Gabriel, Manager of Special Education, at JGabriel@Kennedy-Center.org.

The My Tix Community Group Program has been developed to provide access to Kennedy Center performances to those who otherwise may not be able to attend due to limited financial resources. Attendance is coordinated through organizations that provide direct service to the following priority groups: (1) persons with disabilities, (2) pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students, (3) current and/or former members of the armed forces (including veterans with and without disabilities), and (4) senior citizens.

Your school is invited to apply for participation in the Get on the Bus program, a DC School and Community Initiatives project inspired by America’s Promise Alliance.

Get on the Bus supports 
attendance of students from Title I schools to attend a Kennedy Center school day performance. The Get on the Bus program can provide support for a group of up to 50 (includes students and chaperones) to attend a Kennedy Center performance inclusive of costs for tickets and bus transportation or for a group of up to 100 (includes students and chaperones) to attend a Kennedy Center performance, inclusive of tickets only. If a group would like to purchase more tickets to serve its entirety, the Kennedy Center will reserve tickets on the group’s behalf and invoice the group for the extra tickets after the performance. 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with support honored on a first-come, first served basis 
and until funding for the program is exhausted. We can only accept one application per school. 

Detailed information about eligible performances may be found in the 2016-2017 Kennedy Center Performances for School Groups brochure. You may also review the performances online by visiting www.kennedy-center.org/schoolbrochureOnce you have completed and submitted the following application, you will receive notification concerning the status of your request within three weeks after your submission. 

For questions pertaining to the Get on the Bus program, please contact Sirena Dib, Program 
Assistant, DC School and Community Initiatives, at (202) 416-8803.
Ends on September 8, 2017$6.00
$6.00
The Kennedy Center Ballet Class Series offers advanced high school ballet students the unique opportunity to participate in master classes presented by teachers from nationally and internationally recognized ballet companies performing this season at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Admission to the series is by audition only.

Applications must be received by Friday, September 8, 2017.


PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Master Classes: The focus of this program is master classes led by teachers from the major ballet companies performing at the Kennedy Center each season.  Finalists attend all ballet master classes; alternates are guaranteed attendance in at least four of the ballet master classes. These classes are typically taught by company members such as ballet masters/mistresses, principal or soloist dancers, company teachers, and, occasionally, artistic directors; instructors are determined by each company.  All classes with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet are taught by Ms. Farrell.

Working Rehearsals (optional): Students will also have the opportunity to attend working rehearsals for performances by select ballet and dance companies at the Kennedy Center.  

Contemporary Dance Master Classes (optional, for an additional fee; limited availability):  In addition to the required ballet master classes, students are invited to attend contemporary dance master classes led by company members from companies performing at the Kennedy Center this season.  These classes are designed for adult intermediate to advanced dancers in the general public; a small, limited number of spaces are reserved for Ballet Class Series students.


APPLICATION INFORMATION

Application Deadline:  
Friday, September 8, 2017

Application Fee:
$6 payable via credit or debit card
While debit and credit card payments are strongly preferred, we are able to accept other payment methods.  Please contact akday@kennedy-center.org as needed.

Additional Information:
Because we receive federal support for our arts education programs, it is important that we gather information about all the people we serve. To that end, applicants are also asked to complete a very brief survey located athttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BCSapp.  Your application will be considered complete once both this application form and the survey have been submitted.  Please note that the information gathered in this survey will not be seen by the audition panelists and will not be a consideration in audition decisions.  Data will only be reviewed in aggregate and will not be associated with an individual applicant other than to confirm that the survey has been received.  Please only complete the survey once.

Audition Date and Location:
  
Saturday, September 16, 2017
The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC  20566

Audition Times:
Audition classes will be scheduled based on the total number of applicants.  Classes will be 75-90 minutes long.  Notifications of audition times will be sent to all applicants after Wednesday, September 13, once all applications have been received and processed.  Applicant preferences for audition times will be honored when possible but are not guaranteed. Students should plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to their scheduled audition time.

Eligibility Requirements
Students should be prepared to show proof of age and grade level at the audition.
  • Male and female advanced students ages 14-18
  • Must be currently enrolled in high school
  • Advanced level with at least five years of ballet training (four years on pointe for female dancers)

SERIES PARTICIPATION

Program participants consist of finalists and alternates.  Finalists attend all ballet master classes.  Alternates are guaranteed to be assigned to at least four master classes, and will be invited to additional classes if space permits.  Both finalists and alternates may attend working rehearsals and request space in contemporary dance master classes.

Accepted students are expected to attend all ballet master classes to which they are assigned.  Finalists must commit to participating in all classes in the 2017-2018 season.  Alternates must commit to attending all classes to which they are assigned.  Working rehearsals and contemporary dance master classes are optional.  Please check with your ballet school and other schedules to be sure you will be able to attend classes if selected.

Program Fees:
$90 for Finalists
$45 for Alternates
This fee includes attendance at master classes and working rehearsals.  All payments must be received prior to the first class.
Contemporary dance classes (optional) require an additional fee of $13 per class.
Need-based financial aid may be available.  Please contact akday@kennedy-center.org with any inquiries.

Class Times:
Master classes are held from 4-5:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Students are expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each class in order to check in and be escorted to the class location.

Program Schedule:
The program schedule can be accessed at www.kennedy-center.org/balletseries.  Dates and times are subject to change.

Absence Policy:
Attendance at assigned ballet master classes is required. In the case of an unavoidable absence, notification must be provided 48 hours in advance to allow the space to be offered to an alternate. Absences with less notification will be considered unexcused. Two unexcused absences may result in dismissal from the series. No refunds will be given.

Ends in 3 days, 7 hours

Kennedy Center Internships : Program Description

The Kennedy Center Internship Program is a holistic and rigorous professional development program designed to elevate the next generation of leaders in the arts, cultural, and non-profit fields. Kennedy Center Interns spend a significant amount of their time at the Kennedy Center in individual placements, gaining valuable work experience and technical skills in their chosen field. Additionally, Kennedy Center interns spend 5-10 hours each week participating in the various components of the Kennedy Center Internships curriculum in order to increase leadership potential and fluency in the non-profit and cultural sectors.

The Kennedy Center Internships: Placement

Each intern works in a specific placement that aligns with their academic and professional interests, under the supervision of a supervisor or team of supervisors in that department. Interns and supervisors work together to create goals and objectives that align with the projects in each internship, and will guide the intern through their time at the Kennedy Center. 

The Kennedy Center Internships:  Curriculum

Participation in the Kennedy Center Internships curriculum is required, and includes the following:

  • KC Class- Offered Wednesday afternoons for 2 hours, KC Classes are taught by Senior Leadership at the Kennedy Center. Interns participate in group discussion and case study analysis, complete readings, and collaborate on presentations with their fellow interns. The KC Class curriculum builds on the specific skills interns learn in their placements to begin to prepare the interns for leadership in the field.  Interns are required to attend KC Class every Wednesday. Up to 2 unexcused absences will be allowed. KC Class topics will include Strategic Planning; Gap Analyses; Components of Non-Profit Programming, Fundraising, and Budget; Community Engagement; and Measurement. KC Class will culminate in groups presenting a Final Project. 
  • Look-Ins- Offered once a week on varying days, Look-Ins are hosted by directors and managers from the many different departments at the Kennedy Center. Schedule permitting, interns are required to attend a select number of Look-Ins.  

  • Professional Development Workshops- Workshops address critical skills that will help interns compete in today's selective job market. Current Professional Develop Workshops include interview skills, utilizing personal digital branding, networking and resume workshops, workplace habits and listening styles. Schedule permitting, interns are required to attend Professional Development Workshops.

Are You Eligible for the Kennedy Center Internships?

Our program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students to experience a fast-paced, nationally-recognized performing arts institution,  and develop as leaders in their fields. Applicants must be a sophomore, junior or senior in an undergraduate program, have obtained their undergraduate degree within one year of the time of application, or be currently enrolled in a master's program. International applicants are encouraged to apply; however, the Kennedy Center does not sponsor visas. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will be asked to provide proof of visa at the time of application.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • 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.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • 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.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • 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.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • 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.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • 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.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • 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.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • 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.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • 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.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • 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.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.