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VSA Program

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The Arts Center has been awarded a contract to implement the Kennedy Center’s VSA Children's Visual Art Discovery Program, which kicked off in November 2017. Senior Director of Education, Alana Adams, explained that “the Arts Center has had an existing partnership with Kennedy Center through their Kennedy Center Partners-in-Education (KCPIE) program since 1992, and this is just our newest project to implement Kennedy Center educational programs in our community here in Beaufort County.”


This VSA program is provided in 2017-2018 under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Students Served

VSA Students

Through the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina’s VSA Children’s Visual Art Discovery Program, over 100 middle and high school students with disabilities will participate in 12 art lessons to create 5-6 visual arts projects using a variety of media and methods.


Projects will be tied together with the VSA theme “Creating Harmony, Understanding, and Change.”

Schools Served

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Seven school sites will be served through the VSA program:

  • Hilton Head Island High School
  • Hilton Head Island Middle School
  • Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts
  • Bluffton Middle School
  • Bluffton Hight School
  • HE McCracken Middle School
  • May River High School

VSA Program Overview

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The discipline Based Art Education Program will be administered by an Arts Center teaching artist and will include 2D and 3D art production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics, to develop students’ abilities to understand and appreciate art.

  • An arts integrated approach to learning will be used ensuring that state and national standards are being met in both the visual arts and core content areas.
  • Through the theme, 'Creating Harmony, Understanding, and Change,' the projects will focus on building skills not only in the arts and academic learning but in social and emotional learning, as well, as we explore the theme of harmony, understanding, and change.
  • Artwork created through the program will be submitted to the online gallery of the VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities, from which a number of pieces may be selected for a live exhibition in Washington, D.C.
  • An art exhibit and reception will also be presented at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in May 2018, including at least 1 exemplary artwork from each participating student.
  • The Arts Center will also be offering two staff development workshops for teachers next summer during the BCSD Summer Institute, as we teach inclusive methods and adaptive tools to facilitate learning and encourage students with disabilities to be fully included in arts- and project-based programming.

About VSA

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VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all.

The Kennedy Center award allows the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina to provide significantly deeper arts experiences for the special needs students of our county.

This VSA program is provided in 2017-2018 under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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