VSA/NJ Seeking Nominations For Outstanding Students And Educators In The Arts

NEW BRUNSWICK — VSA New Jersey (VSA/NJ), a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the creative power of people with disabilities, is accepting applications for the 2012 Arts Achievement Awards. VSA/NJ is part of the international VSA network, part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

The annual VSA/NJ Arts Achievement Awards include the STUDENT ARTS EXCELLENCE AWARDS, presented to students with disabilities who are classified (mainstreamed, inclusion, self-contained classes or activities), 14 – 21 years old, not to exceed twelfth grade level, who show outstanding achievement in and commitment to an art form; and the EDUCATION IN THE ARTS AWARDS presented to outstanding educators and administrators for establishing high quality arts programs for classified students. The awards also recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to arts education for classified students. Award recipients become candidates for the distinguished NJ Governor’s Awards in Arts Education. Application deadline is Jan. 16, 2012.

Funding for VSA/NJ is provided in part by the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission and NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For applications and registration information, contact VSA New Jersey, 703 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, 1-732-745-3885, 1-732-745-3913 (TTY), or info@vsanj.org

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