Ends on March 28, 2018

Before you complete this online application, download and read the complete 2018-2019 Rosemary Kennedy Initiative Request for Contract Proposals in full at http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/requests_for_proposals.cfm 

Contract Description: Implement transition opportunities for youth with disabilities, preferabley individuals with intellectual disabilities, 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 Amounts: $3,000–$15,000
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 Rosemary 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 Work
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.

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 assessments and evaluation.
In addition, for the Rosemary Kennedy Initiative, core components include:

1. Engaging 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:

a.    Integrating 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.
b.    Youth with disabilities train at a studio to develop art and business skills creating and marketing art products for sale.
c.    Youth 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 programming.
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 sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

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