Ends on March 28, 2018

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

Contract Description: Implement writing for performance classes or workshops for students with disabilities, in middle and high school, grades 6-12, ages 11-22. Provide 5 or more instructional hours per student. Serve 75 or more students with disabilities. Exploring the theme of the disability experience is strongly preferred.
Contract Amounts: $3,000–$18,000
Contract Proposal Deadline: March 28, 2018, 11:59 PM EDT
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February 27, 2018, 3:00-4:00 PM EST.  To register click here
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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 Playwright Discovery Program gives students with disabilities, in middle school and high school (grades 6-12, ages 11-18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), classes or workshops of 5 (five) or more instructional hours per student, the skills to create original scripts for theater, screenplays for film and video, or music theatre. It provides a safe space in which students can explore VSA's strongly preferred theme of the disability experience. The program addresses the learning needs of students through sound pedagogical principles, quality curricula, and arts standards-aligned instruction (see the National Cores Arts Standards at http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/). Experiential educational activities include outcomes related to theater, media arts, writing, literacy, and communication.

The VSA Playwright Discovery Program results in the creation of writing for performance by 1 (one) student or a group of up to 5 (five) students collaborating. 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. Writing created by eligible students participating in the VSA Playwright Discovery Program is to be submitted to the VSA Playwright Discovery Showcase, from which a number of pieces may be selected for presentation in Washington, D.C.

Scope of Work
To accomplish the above, eligible and qualified contractors are being sought to perform the VSA Playwright Discovery 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 Playwright Discovery Program, core components include:
  1. Engaging and serving youth with disabilities in middle school or high school, grades 6-12. 
  2. Serving 75 (seventy-five) or more students with disabilities.
  3. Implementing a hands-on experiential opportunity of 5 (five) or more instructional hours per student. Strong preference given to writing programs that explore the theme of the disability experience.
  4. Understanding of writing for performance (scripts for theater, screenplays for film and video, or music theatre) and an ability to teach concepts to students with disabilities.
  5. Building skills of students with disabilities using standards-aligned instruction in the following areas: (a) Arts learning, (b) Academic learning, (c) Social emotional learning.
  6. Jurying writing for performance generated by the program, under the guidance of the Kennedy Center, and submitting juried pieces to the VSA Playwright Discovery Showcase. For plays and screenplays, using the Ten-Minute Play format is preferred.
  7. Ensuring that all participating teachers and students know about the VSA Playwright Discovery Award Program.
  8. 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.
  9. Substantively involving personnel, consultants, and/or advisors with special education expertise 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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