Ends on March 28, 2018

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

Contract Description: Provide accessible, professional performing arts experiences with related educational programming for students with disabilities, ages 3 to 22, pre-kindergarten–grade 12. Serve 100 or more students with disabilities. Must be a nonprofit performing arts venue 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 VSA Performing Arts Access for Kids Program fosters the engagement of students with disabilities, pre-kindergarten–grade 12 (ages 3 to 18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Act), in the arts and culture of their community by providing opportunities for students with disabilities to learn through, participate in, attend, and enjoy accessible, professional performances. 

The VSA Performing Arts Access for Kids Programs intentionally includes students with disabilities as audience members for professional performances conducted at a performing arts venue and provides related pre- and/or post-event in-school, community, or in-performing arts venue educational programming. This program provides appropriate accommodations and accessibility services such as: sign language interpreters and captioning; large print, braille and/or audio versions of print materials; audio description; and social stories and sensory/autism friendly environments. The program also ensures that performing arts venue staff, educators, and volunteers are properly prepared and trained, and may provide subsidized tickets or admission fees for students with disabilities and their teachers or aides.

Scope of Work
To accomplish the above, eligible and qualified contractors are being sought to perform the VSA Performing Arts Access for Kids 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 Performing Arts Access for Kids Program, core components include:

1.    Engaging and serving a minimum of 100 (one hundred) students with disabilities, ages 3 to 22.
2.    Providing a minimum of 1 (one) accessible, professional performance in a theater or performing arts venue with an accompanying pre- and/or post-event educational experience, such as an in-school workshop or assembly or a pre- or post-performance discussion. Please note:

a.    Offering students with disabilities multiple opportunities to attend a performance and accompanying educational event or activity over the course of the contract is preferred.

b.  The provision of study guides and/or social stories does not qualify as the accompanying educational component.

3.    Having active and engaged partnerships or relationships with at least one local school or school district serving students with disabilities.
4.    Demonstrating the capacity to engage special education programs and/or specialized schools that serve students with disabilities through an existing partnership.
5.    Demonstrating experience and the capacity to provide accessibility accommodations for students with disabilities.
6.    Providing access training for staff and volunteers.
7.    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.
8.    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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