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 research, practice, programs, and policy, and 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, help to shape the best practices-improving educational experiences for students with disabilities learning in and through the arts. 

The DC Educator Scholarship underscores the Kennedy Center’s commitment to increasing access and equity in arts education for students in DC. This opportunity, which provides five (5) DC-based educators or teaching artists with round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and registration expenses to attend the full VSA Intersections conference, is offered exclusively to educators at work in DC schools and the local community. 

The conference itself offers opportunities to attend experiential demonstrations, hands-on workshops, insightful lectures, and invigorating panel sessions to build your capacity to reach students with disabilities in and through the arts. Whether you are based in a special education classroom, support students and teachers as a contracted teaching artist, or work in any setting in between, you are sure to develop skills and forge new connections that will push your practice forward! Additionally, through partnerships with local education agencies, you will receive a letter certifying your completion of 15 professional development hours. 

Applicants will be notified of their status by May 15, 2017. Scholarship recipients must commit to registering for the conference by the early-bird deadline of July 7, 2017. Additionally, recipients must commit to participation in brief impact surveys at the completion and at one semester post-completion. Preference will be given to first-time Intersections attendees and to educators working with the Kennedy Center’s DC School and Community Initiatives. The VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference will be held at the JW Marriott in Austin, TX on August 6th and 7th, 2017.

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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 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.

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 2017 Awards for Emerging Leaders must be received by May 16, 2017. 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 16, 2017

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 2017 Awards for Excellence must be received by May 16, 2017. 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 16, 2017

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 2017 Community Asset Awards must be received by May 16, 2017. 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.

All children with disabilities, grades PreK-12* (or equivalent), from around the world are eligible to submit artwork to this VSA International Art Program. Group projects are accepted so long as all artists are students with disabilities.

Only visual art will be accepted.

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

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

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

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


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

No slides or hard copy materials will be accepted for this call for entry. Photographs of three-dimensional works are permitted. Applicants must allow enough time to prepare their images to the specifications and finalize the electronic submission process prior to the midnight (EST) deadline of June 7, 2017.

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

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

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

*Ages 3 to 18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Thank you for your interest in the NSO Youth Fellowship 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 Friday, May 5, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Please visit the NSO Youth Fellowship Program website for audition details and instructions.

VSA Affiliation is established through the submission and approval of a signed VSA Affiliation Agreement and a completed Organization Profile Form.  VSA Affiliation is subject to review and approval by the Kennedy Center. The Kennedy Center awards VSA Affiliation status at its sole discretion. To better understand your organization and its programming, please complete this 2017 VSA Affiliate Organization Profile Form before March 1, 2017.

Afiliación a VSA se establece a través de la presentación y aprobación de un acuerdo firmado de afiliación y un formulario de perfil de organización completado. Afiliación a VSA está sujeta a revisión y aprobación por el Kennedy Center. El Kennedy Center da Afiliación a VSA a la entera discreción. Para entender mejor su organización y su programación, por favor llene este formulario de perfil de organización de 2017 antes del 1 de marzo de 2017.

L’affiliation à VSA est établie par la présentation et l'approbation d'un accord d’affiliation signé et d’un formulaire de profil d'organisation dûment rempli. L’affiliation à VSA est soumise à l'examen et à l'approbation par le Kennedy Center. Affiliation à VSA est donnée à la discrétion du Kennedy Center. Pour mieux comprendre votre organisation et sa programmation, veuillez remplir ce formulaire de profil d'organisation de 2017 avant le 1 mars 2017.

VSA Affiliation is established through the submission and approval of a signed VSA Affiliation Agreement and a completed Organization Profile Form.  VSA Affiliation is subject to review and approval by the Kennedy Center. The Kennedy Center awards VSA Affiliation status at its sole discretion. To better understand your organization and its programming, please complete this 2017 VSA Affiliate Organization Profile Form before March 1, 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.

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

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

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 7, 2016.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • Save your report as a draft until completed. You can re-enter it at any time by going to https://apply.submit.kennedy-center.org/login Then go to the Saved Drafts tab.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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