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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 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).
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 WorkAll VSA programs have the following core components:
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.
addition, for the VSA Playwright Discovery Program,
- 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 assessment and evaluation.
- Engaging and serving youth with
disabilities in middle school or high
school, grades 6-12.
- Serving 75 (seventy-five) or more students with
- 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.
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.
- Building skills of students with disabilities using standards-aligned instruction in the following areas: (a) Arts learning, (b) Academic learning, (c) Social emotional learning.
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.
that all participating teachers and students know about the VSA Playwright
Discovery Award Program.
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.
- Substantively involving personnel, consultants, and/or
advisors with special education expertise in the development and/or delivery of
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 email@example.com.