Ends on January 15, 2017

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.

You are cordially invited to submit presentation proposals for the 2017 VSA Intersections Conference. Sessions will occur Sunday and Monday, August 6 and 7, at the JW Marriott in Austin, TX. Sessions will be selected from this call. Sessions presented at the 2017 VSA Intersections Conference should align with the stated priorities below. 

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The VSA Intersections Conference—in concert with ongoing professional development provided throughout the year—reaches arts educators, special educators, researchers, and administrators across the country. In reflection of the community of practice we support, our resources focus on instruction in arts and special education classrooms, students with disabilities, and rigorous research.  This primary focus on improving instruction is evidenced by our longstanding commitment to soliciting both interactive sessions that demonstrate high-quality instruction by providing participants with hands-on learning opportunities and discussion-based or lecture sessions that equip administrators with the tools to support teaching artists and educators in the classroom.

As an emergent field taking its place alongside the established fields of arts, education, and disability studies, we also affirm the need for quality practice that is grounded in evidence and rigorous evaluation of the programs we support. To this end, we affirm research endeavors in three priority areas, and will prioritize session submissions that reflect these aims: (1) Research into questions of access is exploratory in nature and seeks to establish the boundaries and foundational content of our field; (2) Research into questions of efficacy utilizes rigorous methodologies to test the effectiveness of instructional practices, shaping our understanding of what works and why; and (3) Research into questions of innovation rely on theoretical frameworks to develop and test new practices to improve the educational outcomes of students with disabilities in and through the arts.

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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 April 15, 2017. Accepted presenters must register and pay the registration fee by the early-bird deadline of July 7, 2017, or risk forfeiting their session time.

Ends on April 30, 2017

Thank you for your interest in LEAD® 2017!

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. More information about LEAD® 2017 can be found here

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 $180. If accepted, student registration would include access to sessions Tuesday, August 8 through Thursday, August 10, 2017. Additional fees apply for capacity building workshops as well as the Awards Evening and other special events.

Applications must be received by April 30, 2017. 

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

The Kennedy Center's Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) Certificate of Study is an ongoing program that annually recognizes teachers' participation in professional learning. Teachers who complete the requirements for the 2016-17 Certificate will be invited to the Kennedy Center for a special awards ceremony on Friday, April 28.

The deadline to complete this application is Friday, February 24.

Before completing this application, be sure that you have fulfilled all requirements listed on page 35 in the Kennedy Center's school brochure (http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/d070bdaf). The requirements for the Certificate of Study must be completed within two years. All fields on this form MUST be complete for your application to be considered.

If you are an administrator applying for the Certificate of Study, email Lizzie Morales at EAMorales@kennedy-center.org for specific assignment requirements.

You need the following items to complete this application:

  • Titles, locations, dates, and number of hours for each professional learning option you attended (or are planning to attend) to fulfill the requirements for Part 1 and Part 2.
  • One completed example of documentation using the following PowerPoint template and requirements in this folder: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rcz2hwyuaa0byf9/AADjPHZ0dYWpFaEuzmJp3A-aa?dl=0. NOTE: A Kennedy Center staff member will review your documentation example and provide you with feedback.

If your example of documentation is too large to be uploaded to this application, then send it to EAMorales@kennedy-center.org via Dropbox.

All assignments must be received by February 24.

If you have any questions at any time during this process, then call Lizzie Morales, CETA Program Coordinator, at (202) 416-8842.

To move forward with submitting your application, create an account below and click the "Create Account and Continue" button.

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.

Introduction

The Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts present “SHIFT: A Festival of American
Orchestras,” a three year festival celebrating North American orchestras launching in the spring
of 2017. SHIFT will reect 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.

Ends on January 18, 2017$ 25.00
$ 25.00
Thank you for your interest in the 2017 WNO Opera Institute!

Instructions
  • All applications must be submitted online on or before 11:59 PM (EST) on January 15, 2017.
  • Applicants must schedule a live audition OR submit a video audition.
  • Students auditioning live should schedule an audition by emailing operainstitute@kennedy-center.org with your preferred date and time (morning or afternoon) or calling 202-416-8846. Requests for dates and times will be honored when possible but cannot be guaranteed. Please schedule your audition by January 15, 2017; we recommend scheduling your audition before you submit your application as spaces are limited. Auditions are held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Please schedule your audition as soon as possible as space is limited. Audition times are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; availability on specific audition dates or at specific times cannot be guaranteed.
  • Video auditions must be uploaded as part of this online application by January 15, 2017.
  • You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been submitted.  You may need to whitelist Submittable.com to receive this email.
  • You may save your application at any time and return to it later.
  • 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.
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 are not permitted. Art songs such as those in the 24 Italian Songs and Arias and similar are suggested.  Selections must be memorized.
    • Live Auditions:  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 Sunday, January 22 and Saturday, January 28. Schedule your audition early; availability is limited.
    • 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. Students should confirm that the teacher is willing to provide a reference and that they enter the correct email address for the teacher prior to submitting the application.
        • Students will enter the email address of the person submitting the letter of recommendation into the online application form. Once the application is submitted, the teacher will receive an 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.
      • Survey 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 the survey found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YYYNSS9. 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 it has been received.
    • Required for Live Applicants
      • Schedule an audition online at XXXXXXXX.  If you are not able to use this system, you may also schedule your audition by calling (202) 416-8846 or emailing operainstitute@kennedy-center.org.  We recommend that you schedule your audition prior to submitting your application. Audition slots are limited, so please schedule your audition well in advance of the audition day and no later than January 15, 2017.
      • Bring two copies of your music to the audition. One copy must be in a binder for the accompanist.
    • 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.
    • Optional for All Applicants
      • Résumé (may not exceed one single-sided page)
      • Scholarship Application
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 January 30, 2017, by mail, or turned in at the live audition. Scholarship applications and instructions can be downloaded at http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/wno/operainstitute/ScholarshipRequestForm.pdf. Supporting documentation must be included with the scholarship application form to be considered for financial assistance.

Questions or Concerns
Please contact operainstitute@kennedy-center.org or (202) 416-8846 with questions or concerns.



Additional Opportunities

High school students local to the greater DC area are encouraged to check out the WNO Young Associates program, a behind-the-scenes look at how a world-class opera is put together including exclusive conversations with Washington National Opera artists and staff, open to students of various backgrounds and ability levels who want to explore the professional worlds of opera and related fields. Applications have passed for this year, but will be available again in the 2017-2018 season.
www.kennedy-center.org/wnoyoungassociates


The National Symphony Orchestra is sponsoring its NSO Young Associates' Program for high school instrumentalists in grades 11 and 12 in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area who are interested in pursuing a musical career. Up to 20 instrumentalists will be selected to attend rehearsals of the National Symphony Orchestra and take part in seminars with conductors, artists, NSO musicians, and representatives of the arts management field. Through this program, the Young Associates will acquire an appreciation of the wide range of skills, knowledge, and abilities--managerial as well as musical--that are required to put together a performance by a major symphony orchestra. Selection process is by application.
www.kennedy-center.org/youngassociates 


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!
http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/soloists_award.cfm

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, open to musicians of any instrument or genre, has provided opportunities for hundreds of emerging young musicians with disabilities.

Applications for the 2017 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 8, 2017 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. 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 re-apply until they win or age out of the competition.

4.    Be present for the VSA International Young Soloists Events and Performance on May 25, 2017 at 6 p.m. 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 Wednesday May 24-Thursday May 25, 2017 and the performance on May 25, 2017 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 are fine).

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 1-2 years 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 8, 2017 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, open to musicians of any instrument or genre, has provided opportunities for hundreds of emerging young musicians with disabilities.

Applications for the 2017 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 8, 2017 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 8). 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 re-apply until they win or age out of the competition.

4.    Be present for the VSA International Young Soloists Events and Performance on May 25, 2017 at 6 p.m. 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 Wednesday May 24-Thursday May 25, 2017 and the performance on May 25, 2017 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 are fine).

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 1-2 years 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 8, 2017 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.


Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities, in U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students, 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.

Young writers with disabilities are encouraged to submit a ten-minute script of any genre. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students. The competition has three divisions: grades 6-7, grades 8-9, and grades 10-12 (or equivalents). A panel of theater professionals selects division winners.

One winning script is chosen in 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 take participates in the festival from Thursday, April 20 – Saturday, April 22, 2017. 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, February 1, 2017 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 domestic and international applicants. However, all scripts must be submitted in English; scripts 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 scripts 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 script 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 script 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 script must be eligible for the same division (i.e. authors of a Primary Division script 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 Thursday, April 20 – Saturday, April 22, 2017 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 theater 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. Scripts must be submitted in English; scripts submitted in other languages will not be accepted.

3. All entries must be in the Ten-Minute Play format
     a. 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 traditional theater, film, or TV scripts, non-linear scripts, scripts that do not rely on spoken language, and/or scripts that emphasize the use of multimedia, non-traditional technologies/techniques, puppetry and audience participation. Since non-text entries are accepted, scripts 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. Scripts 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 play 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 script (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 February 1, 2017 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.


Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities, in U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students, 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.

Young writers with disabilities are encouraged to submit a ten-minute script of any genre. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students. The competition has three divisions: grades 6-7, grades 8-9, and grades 10-12 (or equivalents). A panel of theater professionals selects division winners.

One winning script is chosen in 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 take participates in the festival from Thursday, April 20 – Saturday, April 22, 2017. 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, February 1, 2017 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 domestic and international applicants. However, all scripts must be submitted in English; scripts 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 scripts 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 script 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 script 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 script must be eligible for the same division (i.e. authors of a Primary Division script 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 Thursday, April 20 – Saturday, April 22, 2017 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 theater 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. Scripts must be submitted in English; scripts submitted in other languages will not be accepted.

3. All entries must be in the Ten-Minute Play format
     a. 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 traditional theater, film, or TV scripts, non-linear scripts, scripts that do not rely on spoken language, and/or scripts that emphasize the use of multimedia, non-traditional technologies/techniques, puppetry and audience participation. Since non-text entries are accepted, scripts 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. Scripts 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 play 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 script (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 February 1, 2017 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.

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 5, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST.

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

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

Ends on December 31, 2016

The Kennedy Center Office of Accessibility is seeking proposals for the 2017 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 2017 conference will be held in Austin, T.X. with capacity building workshops on August 6-7 and the conference on August 8-10. 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.
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 Saturday, December 31, 2016, 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.

 



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.

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 23, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Please visit the NSO Summer Music Institute website for audition details and instructions.

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, four student ensembles will be selected to perform on either March 1 or 2, 2017. 

To be considered, you must complete the online application form and upload supporting materials (video/audio recording) by Monday, December 12, 2016. Ensembles who are selected will be notified by January 23, 2017.

If you have questions about the Kennedy Center’s Music In Our Schools Month Celebration, please contact Cherrelle Morrison at (202)
416-8813 or ckmorrison@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 Wednesday, March 1 or Thursday , March 2, 2017 between 4-7 p.m.  Please indicate which date the group is available for on the nomination form.  Each chosen group will have a 25-minute performance slot on one of the two days.
  • Please know the stage is 24’ x 24’ which usually fits an ensemble or choir size of up to 45 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 31, 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.

DEADLINE: The submission deadline is Friday, December 23, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Please visit the Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell website for audition details and instructions.

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.