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VSA (Very Special Arts) Mississippi

Creating a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts, VSA arts of Mississippi (VSA MS) is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1978 and is dedicated to promoting and providing arts opportunities for people with disabilities. More than 10,000 people are involved in VSA MS arts education, community arts, and professional development programs each year. VSA MS is an affiliate of VSA arts, an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to promote education and lifelong learning opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities. VSA arts is an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Credit to: Kari Thomas

VSA of Mississippi is helping move us forward by encouraging people with disabilities and helping express themselves through art.

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Established in 2001 with eight students, the VSA Mississippi Community Art Group provides opportunities for all adults with disabilities to participate in art experiences and art making according to their needs and abilities. The group offers professional instruction and guidance to participants while utilizing a variety of techniques including individual and group instruction by the teaching artist, visiting artists, use of instructional books, and tours of museums and galleries to observe masterworks...

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