Since 2007, Young Audiences of CT, as Connecticut’s VSA Affiliate, has raised awareness of the importance of arts accessibility to all. Inclusion teaches us that all means all. The arts invite people to leave familiar territory, to explore new answers and seek new questions.
The arts offer a means of self-expression, communication, and independence. Inclusive arts programs provide students and adults with the opportunity to become lifelong learners, experiencing the joy of discovery and exploration, and the value of each other’s ideas.
- Partners with arts, community, cultural and disability organizations, schools and regional education centers to bring visual and performing arts programs to inclusive populations of children and adults throughout the state
- Convenes professional development conferences and workshops on best practices in inclusion and accessibility
- Provides training in Universal Design For Learning (UDL) for teaching artists, educators and people interested in creating arts programs inclusive of all children and adults
- Conducts inclusive performing and visual arts residencies and workshops led by YAC/VSA teaching artists
- Consults with performing and visual arts venues throughout CT to insure that performances and visual arts exhibitions are accessible and meet ADA standards
- Develops partnerships that create mentoring opportunities for artists with disabilities
- Provides opportunities for artists with disabilities to highlight their visual and performing arts work