Ends on March 28, 2018

Before you complete this online application, download and read the complete 2018-2019 VSA Arts Connect All--Workshop/Residency Program Request for Contract Proposals in full at http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/requests_for_proposals.cfm 

Contract Description: Implement school or community arts education workshops and/or residencies of 5 or more instructional hours for students with disabilities, ages 3 to 22, pre-kindergarten–grade 12. Serve 75 or more students with disabilities.
Contract Amounts: $3,000–$18,000
Contract Proposal Deadline: March 28, 2018, 11:59 PM EDT
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As the nation’s performing arts center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a goal of providing powerful, culturally relevant educational experiences for all. To this end, the Kennedy Center’s VSA programs extend across the United States to address a variety of disability-related, arts education initiatives in the literary, media, visual, and performing arts (theater, dance, music).

Program Description
The VSA Arts Connect All–Workshop/Residency Program provides arts education experiences of 5 (five) or more instructional hours per student with a disability, pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (ages 3 to 18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). The program may take place in the community, in self-contained special education, and/or inclusive classrooms of one or more schools, across school districts, cities, counties, states, or regions.

The VSA Arts Connect All–Workshop/Residency Program addresses the needs of students with disabilities through the application of sound pedagogical principles, quality curricula, and arts standards-aligned instruction (see the National Core Arts Standards at http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/). The program provides students with disabilities hands-on educational experiences in one or more of the following arts disciplines: performing (theater, dance, music), media, visual, and/or literary arts. Program goals include improving arts education, artistic skills, cultural literacy, academic achievement and intellectual development; enhancing critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.

Scope of Work
To accomplish the above, eligible and qualified contractors are being sought to perform the VSA Arts Connect All–Workshop/Residency Program at the local, state, or regional level to expand the Kennedy Center’s program impact.

All VSA programs have the following core components:
  1. Are arts-based, educational, and involve individuals with disabilities or the disability experience.
  2. Are physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities, or are conducted such that requests for accommodation, effective communication, or physical access shall be fulfilled.
  3. Have clear and articulated learning objectives and intended outcomes.
  4. Address state/national arts education standards.
  5. Measure program impact on participants through assessment and evaluation.
In addition, for the VSA Arts Connect AllWorkshop/Residency Program, core components include:
  1. Engaging and serving students with disabilities, ages 3 to 22, pre-kindergarten through grade 12, in arts learning.
  2. Serving 75 (seventy-five) or more students with disabilities.
  3. Implementing experiential, arts education workshops and/or residencies of 5 (five) or more instructional hours per student in one or more of the following arts disciplines: performing (theater, dance, music), media, visual, and/or literary arts.
  4. Building skills of students with disabilities using standards-aligned instruction in the following areas: (a) Arts learning, (b) Academic learning, (c) Social emotional learning.
  5. Understanding of arts-based subject matter and ability to teach arts concepts to students with disabilities.
  6. Understanding and utilization of current effective teaching practices, strategies, and techniques that facilitate learning for students with disabilities and allow students with disabilities to be fully included in arts programming.
  7. Substantively involving personnel, consultants, and/or advisors with special education expertise in the development and/or delivery of the program.
  8. Contractors implementing visual arts workshops and/or residencies are encourage to submit artwork created by students with disabilities to the call for art and online gallery for the VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities. The 2018-2019 call for art theme will be "Yo soy...Je suis...I am...My Family." The related teacher guide of visual art activities is available at 1.    http://education.kennedy-center.org/pdf/education/vsa/resources/iap_TeacherResourceGuide_YoSoy.pdf (edition 2013).

Contract Proposal Deadline
1.    Proposal Submission Deadline: March 28, 2018, at 11:59 PM EDT.
2.   Notification: Selected recipients will be notified by June 30, 2018.

Please direct questions about the RFP or this form to Stephanie Litvak at 202-416-8847 or sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

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