1. Each year a select number of outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award. These emerging musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development experiences, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Started by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in 1984, the program, open to musicians of any instrument or genre, has provided opportunities for hundreds of emerging young musicians with disabilities.

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  2. Since 2002, VSA and Volkswagen Group of America have teamed up to recognize and showcase the work of emerging young artists living with disabilities, ages 16-25, who are currently residing in the United States. Every year, hundreds of emerging young artists living with disabilities compete to be included in a curated exhibition, formed around a unique theme, to be displayed in Washington, D.C. and then toured around the nation.

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  3. The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle 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 script writing. Writers may write from their own experience and observations, or create fictional characters and settings.

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ VSA Youth Programs recognize and showcase an inspiring array of young and emerging artists with disabilities. During the summer of 2013, Meridian Hill Pictures documented young people participating in…


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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ VSA Youth Programs recognize and showcase an inspiring array of young and emerging artists with disabilities. During the summer of 2013, Meridian Hill Pictures documented young people participating in VSA's major programs: Emerging Artists, Playwright Discovery, and International Young Soloists. Throughout each of the programs in DC, MHP followed multiple participants, storylines and moments — from rehearsals, gatherings with family and mentors, group discussions, time exploring the Kennedy Center, the performance(s) themselves, and personal reflections that explore each young person’s development as an artist with a disability. MHP edited the material into short vignettes used by the Kennedy Center and VSA to promote the programs to potential future applicants; and also created an inventory of program footage for VSA staff to use for future promotional material and program reflection.

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