Kennedy Center hosts Summer Conferences on Accessibility in the Arts

The Kennedy Center is pleased to announce two summer conferences focused on the arts, accessibility, and inclusion. The VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference and Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Conference, will take place in Austin, TX this August, presented by the Kennedy Center Office of VSA and Accessibility.

About the VSA Intersections Conference

The VSA Intersections Conference provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in research, practice, programs, and policy, and serve as a leading catalyst for change. VSA Intersections underscores our commitment to equitable access to arts-based and arts-integrated instruction for students with disabilities, and sustains a national community of practice at work in the arts and education fields.

The fifth annual VSA Intersections conference will bring together general and special educators, arts specialists, teaching artists, administrators, policy makers, researchers, and more for two days of rigorous professional development. At VSA Intersections, participants will build new skills, transfer knowledge, network, and, ultimately, help to shape the best practices-improving educational experiences for students with disabilities learning in and through the arts. The professional development provided at VSA Intersections will provide essential tools ready to be implemented in classrooms immediately. Join us for engaging, hands-on sessions and rich conversations with colleagues invested in ensuring all students receive a high-quality arts education!

About the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Conference

For our 17th year, LEAD® warmly welcomes you to the Lone Star State where you will network with professionals dedicated to arts and disability, experience accessibility in action, shape best practices, and find strategies and resources needed to create inclusive arts experiences for people with disabilities of all ages.

At LEAD®, we:

- are new and experienced professionals in the field of cultural arts accessibility;

- respect the exchange of best practices and different approaches, ideas, and opinions;

- believe access to the arts is a civil and human right;

- empower participants to create welcoming, inclusive and accessible arts experiences; and

- focus on problem-solving and developing solutions.

We hope you will join us for experiential workshops, skill-building sessions, and meaningful conversations this year in Austin!

The VSA Intersections Conference will take place August 6–7, 2017. The LEAD® Conference will take place August 6–10, 2017. Both conference take place at the JW Marriott Austin, in Austin, TX. Discounts are available to both conferences if two or more participants from the same organization or school are attending.


VSA Intersections and LEAD® are Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Programs.

Funding for the 2017 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

The content of this program may have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education but does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the federal government.

Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.