The Appalachian Education Initiative is pleased to announce a new partnership with VSA, the international organization on arts and disability. This collaboration will provide AEI with greater access to resources, information and funding for including people with disabilities in the arts. Funding is made possible through the national office of VSA, and is supported in large part by the U.S. Department of Education. AEI will now begin the process of re-establishing VSA programs and services in West Virginia.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with VSA,” said AEI Executive Director Lou Karas. “Their priority areas of Education Programs, Professional Development, Cultural Access and Inclusive Arts Services, and Public Awareness and Outreach are complementary to AEI’s work to support the arts and arts education in West Virginia schools.”
Over the coming year, AEI will form a VSA West Virginia Advisory Committee, conduct several needs assessments, and identify potential partners throughout the state. In addition, AEI will integrate VSA information and resources into its existing programs, resources and services.
For more information about AEI and VSA, contact Karas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-225-0101.