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Site of the Day: VSA Arts

By March 16, 2007

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VSA Arts is dedicated to "creating a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts," and if the art your child particularly enjoys is play-writing, they've got a great opportunity: the annual Playwright Discovery Program, which invites middle school and high school students to "take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of playwriting."

Scripts for one-act plays, no more than 40 pages long, may be submitted by individuals with disabilities, individuals without disabilities, or classes or groups working together. The winning script will receive a full production at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and the writer will get a trip to come see it and up to $2,000. Deadline for script submissions is April 13, with applications and rules downloadable from the site.

VSA also honors young soloists and fiction writers, and offers fellowships, education programs, and resources to get young people with disabilities more involved in the arts. Whether you're looking for career options for your child or just some creative inspiration, it's a good place to look.

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