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VSA Emerging Young Artists with Disabilities 2021

Deadline: April 28th, 2021

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 programs for artists with disabilities promise to shape the future of the arts. The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program, amplifies the voices of emerging artists with career development and professional empowerment.

About the Program

This call invites artists to consider the intersections and combinations of their creative process and disability identity. In art, the juxtaposition of ideas can blur distinctions or reveal something new. This year’s exhibit theme, Merge, explores uniting paths and asks what we can learn when it all comes together.

Benefits

This national juried exhibition seeks artwork that demonstrates the excellence and important perspectives of artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, residing in the United States.

  • Fifteen artists will share a total of $60,000 in awards, with a grand prize of $20,000.
  • For winning artists, one of the submitted artworks will be selected for a national exhibition.
  • Artists attend professional development activities provided by the Kennedy Center.

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