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Description: Implement transition opportunities for youth with disabilities, preferabley individuals with intellectual
ages 15 to 22, in creative careers, arts, arts education, or arts management internships, or pre-professional training programs of 40 or more hours. Serve
5 or more students with disabilities. Must be an arts
organization, whose primary mission is cultural, to apply.
Contract Proposal Deadline: March 28, 2018, 11:59 PM EDT
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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).
Kennedy Initiative provides transition to work and career development opportunities
in creative careers, the arts, arts education, or arts management for youth
with disabilities, preferably the inclusion of individuals with
intellectual disabilities, ages 15-22. The program includes such transition
opportunities as internships and pre-professional trainings
that are designed to enhance the individual’s potential for arts-based
employment or creative careers. Program participants receive instruction and hands-on
activities in which they develop critical creative career and arts employment
skills, acquire real world experience, and have the opportunity to interact
with peers and professionals in an employment setting.
In the Rosemary Kennedy Initiative, arts organizations establish or demonstrate active partnerships with schools, school
districts, and/or disability service organizations to identify and support youth throughout the transition opportunity. Initiative programs have clear participant
recruitment strategies, defined skill development/learning objectives and
outcomes, and provides 40 or more combined instructional experiential hours per
intern, trainee, or transitioning youth. The
program may be conducted at the local, state,
or regional level.
Scope of WorkAll VSA programs have the following core components:
To accomplish the above,
eligible and qualified contractors are being sought to perform the Rosemary Kennedy Initiative at the local, state, or regional level to
expand the Kennedy Center’s program impact.
addition, for the Rosemary Kennedy Initiative,
- Are arts-based, educational, and involve individuals
with disabilities or the disability experience.
- 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.
- Have clear and articulated learning objectives and
- Address state/national arts education standards.
- Measure program impact on participants through assessments and evaluation.
and serving youth with disabilities, ages 15 to 22, who demonstrate an interest
in an arts-based or creative career.
2. Serving 5 (five) or
more youth with disabilities. Preference given to transition opportunities
that are inclusive of youth with intellectual disabilities.
3. Providing 40 (forty) or more combined instructional and experiential hours per youth with a disability.
4. Implementing instructional and educational experiences that develop professional skills and capacities. Some examples are:
a. Resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, auditioning, portfolio development, and networking;
b. Opportunities or workshops that offer discussion and exchange of ideas with established artists, arts and arts management professionals, or other professionals in arts-based careers;
c. Classes, lectures, or opportunities to learn about arts management strategies, or the "business of the business."
5. Implementing on-the-job work experiences in at least 1 of 2 (one of two) components below:
a. Arts administration/management: Duties
that support and assist in the contracting organization’s mission and work.
b. Artistic or creative career training:
Training and/or professionally-led studio time, classes or workshops in the creative
career or arts discipline of the contracting organization.
6. Demonstrating the capacity to engage youth with
disabilities by having an active partnership between the arts organization
(whose primary mission is cultural, such as but not limited to, a theater,
museum, or arts council) and schools, school districts, and/or service
organizations serving youth with disabilities. Taking many forms, examples of
internships and pre-professional training may include, but
are not limited to:
youth with disabilities into an existing internship program at a cultural venue
where each individual has a work placement and all interns go through the same professional
development instruction together as a cohort.
with disabilities train at a studio to develop art and business
skills creating and marketing art
products for sale.
with disabilities train with a performing arts company to hone artistic and
business skills through structured instruction, auditions, and performances.
7. Understanding and utilization of current effective teaching practices, strategies and techniques that facilitate learning for transition age (15-22 years) students with
disabilities and allow students with disabilities to be fully included in arts
8. Substantively involving personnel,
consultants, and/or advisors with special education expertise and credentials in the
development and/or delivery of the program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.