VSA Emerging Young Artists Program A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program
Because many disabilities are invisible, we encourage you to share this opportunity with all students. As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Disability may be physical, mental, learning, or developmental.
Since 2002, VSA and Volkswagen Group of America have teamed up to recognize and showcase the work of emerging young artists living with disabilities, ages 16-25, who are currently residing in the United States. This collaboration creates opportunities for these artists at a critical time when many are making the life-defining choice to pursue arts-based careers. VSA and Volkswagen are committed to sustainability and investing in the future of young artists living with disabilities.
Every year, hundreds of emerging young artists living with disabilities compete to be included in a curated exhibition, formed around a unique theme, to be displayed in Washington, D.C. and then toured around the nation. After a rigorous adjudication process, 15 artists are selected to showcase their work and receive: 1) a $20,000 grand prize, a $10,000 first prize award, a $6,000 second prize award, and 12 $2,000 awards of excellence; 2) 2 days of all-expenses paid professional development workshops in Washington, D.C.; and 3) the opportunity to have their work displayed in an exhibition that opens in Washington, D.C. and tours for one year around the United States.
“The fifteen selected artists receive: a $20,000 grand prize, a $10,000 first prize award, a $6,000 second prize award, and twelve $2,000 awards of excellence. Winners are also awarded an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where they will participate in professional development seminars and attend a reception on Capitol Hill celebrating the artists’ involvement with the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program. The exhibition, The Journey, will open in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian Institution, then tour to venues nationwide. The application is due June 30, 2014