Ends on November 20, 2017

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.

Thank you for your interest in the Experiential Education Initiative (EEI) internship program! Please read the following information carefully before submitting the application.

 Eligibility into the EEI internship program is based on the following criteria:

  • Applicants are between the ages of 19 and 30.
  • Applicants have a documented intellectual disability.
  • Applicants are referred through a service provider (such as a transition coordinator, social service agency, etc.),that will provide a job coach and support as needed throughout the internship.
  • Agree to the following dates/expectations of the internship:
    • November 9: Application due
    • November 13-24: Pre-interview tour with service provider
    • November 28: Interview with your service provider
    • December 11: Decision notification
    • January 19: Pre-orientation for all accepted interns
    • January 22: Orientation
    • Internship runs January 22, 2018 – May 5, 2018
      • 20-30 hours onsite, including performances
      • Wednesday afternoon classes

Please upload evidence of your intellectual disability (such as an IEP, a diagnostic assessment, etc.) and a current a resume. Please email any questions or comments to Emily at ecthiell@kennedy-center.org.

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. 

The Certificate of Study, available through the Kennedy Center's Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program, is an ongoing recognition program for teachers who participate in the Kennedy Center's professional learning opportunities. Teachers who complete the requirements in 2017-18 will be invited to a recognition event that includes a reception and performance at the Kennedy Center on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Please complete this "Letter of Intent" form by Friday, November 3, 2017 if you intend to submit an assignment and receive the 2018 Certificate of Study.  

Completion of this form fulfills the Part 1 requirements. 


You will need to create an account below to access the "Letter of Intent" form. 
If you already have an account, please log in below to access the form.  






                                                                 Participate in Professional Learning Workshops/Courses
                                                                        for Graduate Credit and Recertification Points!

GRADUATE CREDIT from TRINITY UNIVERSITY
FEE: $125 per credit hour

Teachers in any school district may register for one, two, or three graduate credits from Trinity University. For each credit, attendance at 10 clock hours of class time and the satisfactory completion of an assignment is required. Graduate credits earned are used for non-degree purposes and are applicable to salary increments and recertification requirements in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Maryland Continuing Professional Development Credits   

Maryland teachers may apply for one or two Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits through the Kennedy Center’s CETA program. Each credit requires attendance at 15 clock hours of workshop/course time during one school year, plus the satisfactory completion of an assignment. (Montgomery County requires that all clock hours take place outside of the duty day.)

Course Title: Using the Arts in Education. Select 15 clock hours of class time in one school year (September–May).

How to apply:

  • Step 1: Complete the Kennedy Center credit application below and submit payment (graduate credit only) to the Kennedy Center by Friday December 1, 2017.

  • Step 2: Complete and submit assignments to the Kennedy Center by Friday, April 6, 2018. Assignment information will be provided once the application has been submitted.

Hours earned for graduate credit through Trinity University or re-certification points/credit earned through participating school districts may also be applied toward the CETA Certificate of Study.

You will need to create an account below to access the credit application. If you already have an account, please log in below to access the form. 

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.

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.

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 November 18, 2017

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.

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