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Arts Inclusion

The VSA Kentucky Arts Inclusion Program, in every Congressional District in Kentucky, is the recipient of the National VSA Award for Excellence in Educational Programming, the VSA Award for Partnerships, and the Kentucky Governor's Award in the Arts in the area of Education.

Attention Kentucky Teachers!

Looking for a way for your students to have enriching, fully inclusionary, educational arts experiences that interface with your curriculum and enhances learning?

Twenty-five to thirty $1,250.00 awards will be given out to schools across Kentucky for arts projects that include students of all abilities. This program was designed by VSA Kentucky (in partnership with the Kentucky Dept. of Education) to provide opportunities and experiences in the arts for all children (with and without disabilities) that interface with KCAS and the classroom curriculum in mainstream settings. This is an opportunity for classroom teachers (academic, special education, art teachers/specialists) and artists (in the arts disciplines of dance, drama, music, storytelling, or visual arts) to work together to plan a fully inclusionary arts project for a group as small as 25 children to a larger group. Any project idea that provides experiential, enriching, adaptive experiences in an art form(s) for all students is worthy of our consideration.

This award is also a way that you can bring arts specialists (teaching artists) into your school to work with students. Included on this website is our VSA Kentucky Artists Roster. If you are proposing an artist for your project, we encourage you to use this teaching artist roster, because these artists have already been approved by us for the quality of their artistic work and for their ability to implement UDL for their arts activities to meet the adaptive needs of your students. To insure a meaningful, quality experience, we recommend that your project involve a core group of students who will have repeated or prolonged exposure with the visiting artist(s). We have found that only (1) one-hour class is usually not enough exposure to provide a lasting experience for the students. We recommend at least seven classes of direct contact with the artist and art-form for your core group. You can also include other groups of students that will have a more limited exposure (two to three total classes).

If you wish to propose an artist who is not on our roster, an approval procedure must be followed (See the application, section D, Item 3 for more information).

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2016 Application Form / Guidelines, PART 1

2016 Application Form, PART 2

2016 Application Form, PART 3

Final Report Form

Final Report Form


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