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Photography by Leigha Cohen is on display at the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women in Trenton. This exhibit is open by appointment only. For more information, please contact VSA/NJ.
Since 2004, Leigha Cohen has had both bipolar disorder and chronic pain including fibromyalgia and migraine headaches. When her health allows, she shoots portraits and commitment ceremonies, although most of her work focuses on capturing landscapes. Leading hospitals such as AtlantiCare and local doctors’ and lawyers’ offices have discovered her talent, purchasing much of her work.
Leigha has shown her photography in both solo and group exhibitions at venues including Gallery 125, The Trenton City Museum, M. Christina Geis Gallery, Staten Island Museum, Mana Fine Arts, and the Toms River Library. She is one of the founding members of Art Cooperative TRACx81 and a recent member of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia. A recipient of multiple competitive grants and awards, Leigha has exhibited artwork at international juried events for artists with disabilities including Artfirst! at Princeton Hospital.
Schools and community organizations are invited to begin planning and scheduling spring and summer programs including curriculum-based artist residencies, professional development trainings, and assembly programs. Please contact VSA New Jersey for more information.
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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework for designing learning environments that meet the needs of all students. In its efforts to share best practices with teachers, teaching artists, and other professionals, VSA New Jersey is offering a new training centered on UDL. Based on recently conducted research into the best strategies for delivering arts education programming to students with profound disabilities and diverse learning styles, this training option will help participants identify and remove barriers from the learning process and deliver universally accessible content and activities. The flexible approach of UDL guides the creation of instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that can be customized and adapted to be universally accessible.
In this training participants will:
• Learn specific strategies that address the challenges inherent in inclusive educational settings and classrooms serving student with diverse learning styles.
• Increase their knowledge of UDL principles and skills for their implementation.
• Enhance their ability to meet needs related to diverse learning styles through innovative methods.
• Explore ways to challenge students appropriately and increase their motivation to learn.
Special Note: This training includes copies of Dauntless Spirit, an original VSA New Jersey guide that details the organization’s research and provides best practices, rubrics, narrative overviews and tips for teachers and practitioners. It also includes a UDL Checklist which details how each of the guidelines for this educational framework can be implemented successfully in the classroom.
Scheduling: This workshop can be scheduled in a variety of formats to meet the needs of your school or community organization. Please contact VSA New Jersey to discuss your specific needs.
VSA New Jersey
presents Self-Portraiture, a new children’s visual art program for students ages 3 to 22 with all types of disabilities. Activities will be centered on enhancing understanding of the elements and principles of the visual arts while participants explore a variety of mediums, improve communication skills, and learn to appreciate and respond to works of art. Throughout the program, students will focus on expressing themselves and conveying their identities and future aspirations. Artwork will be included in a VSA New Jersey exhibit at the conclusion of the program.
This program is offered free of charge.
Eight, one-hour weekly sessions will be held on Saturdays, February 8 to March 29, 2014 in New Brunswick and Morristown.
Please contact VSA/NJ to register by January 20.
VSA New Jersey was among the organizations featured in an article on the arts and people with disabilities in the Winter 2014 issue of People & Families Magazine (pages 16-21).
A 10-week drama program for adults with disabilities will be held at the Highland Park Senior/Youth Center at 220 S. 6th Avenue beginning February 28 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Classes will include drama warm-ups, improvisation, and scene study. Please call (732) 819-0052 to register.
VSA New Jersey and Paper Mill Playhouse are planning a series of workshops for children and adults with all types of disabilities to be held on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Classes will include improvisation,storytelling, music,
movement, and visual art.
Please contact VSA New Jersey for more information.
VSA/NJ is accepting submissions for the 2015 Art Par Excellence statewide touring art exhibition featuring two dimensional artwork by students through age 21 with disabilities. All schools in the state are invited to submit two works. Selected artists will have their works displayed at locations throughout the state. The deadline for submissions is February 2, 2015. Please contact VSA/NJ for guidelines.
Join us for Middlesex County\'s 2015 Traveling Art Show.
August 19- September 11
Middlesex County College Studio Theatre Gallery-
2600 Woodbridge Avenue
Edison, NJ 08818
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00AM-4:00PM
Thursday-9:00AM- 6:30 PM
September 16-October 4
JFK Memorial Library
500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Friday and Saturday 10:00AM-5:00PM
The Unlimited Potential Theater Company, a project of VSA New Jersey, is seeking poems, essays, short stories, and plays by New Jersey residents eighteen years of age and over for its 18th annual Joyce Indik New Jersey Wordsmith Competition. The contest is open to all writers, and submissions by writers with disabilities are especially encouraged. Selected works will be showcased at the New Jersey Readers Theater at Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick in Spring 2016. Please contact VSA/NJ for submission guidelines. The deadline for submissions is September 29, 2015.
The Fall 2015 series of the Parent/Child Workshops in the Arts for Children with Autism will be offered from October 3 to December 5 in New Brunswick. This program provides opportunities for children with autism ages 3 to 21, along with their parents and siblings, to participate in visual arts and music/movement classes that are designed to enhance behavioral, cognitive, and motor skills while introducing them to the beauty and appreciation of the arts. Please contact VSA/NJ for more information.
Statewide Touring Exhibit
Features Artwork by Young People with Disabilities
The 2015 Art Par Excellence Exhibition is sponsored by the Chancy Memorial Foundation and Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation.
Tour Schedule – Admission is FREE and open to the public.
Middlesex County College
College Center, 2600 Woodbridge Ave, Edison, NJ
August 19 – September 11 (Closed on Monday, September 7)
VSA New Jersey announces the 2015 Art Par Excellence exhibit featuring artwork by students with disabilities. This exhibit will tour to Artworks in Trenton, Mason Gross School of the Arts/Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and Middlesex County College in Edison. On a biennial basis, VSA New Jersey issues a call for art and tours an Art Par Excellence exhibit to raise awareness of the talents of people with disabilities, provides students with meaningful engagement in the arts, and supports students in their employment aspirations in the arts. For more information please contact VSA New Jersey at (732) 745-3885 or email@example.com.
VSA/NJ and the Mercer County Office for the Disabled are pleased to announce a theatre program for adults ages 21 and over with disabilities.
Participants are invited to audition
for The Secret Garden on Thursday September 17, 2015 7:00PM-9:00PM at:
715 Kuser Road
The registration deadline for this program is September 11, 2015.
The Unlimited Potential Theater Company, a project of VSA New Jersey, is seeking poems, essays, short stories, and plays by New Jersey residents eighteen years of age and over for its 22nd annual Joyce Indik New Jersey Wordsmith Competition. The contest is open to all writers, and submissions by writers with disabilities are especially encouraged. Selected works will be showcased at the New Jersey Readers Theater in the Spring of 2016. Please contact VSA/NJ for submission guidelines. The deadline for submissions is September 29, 2015.
Call for nominations for the annual Art Achievement Awards. On an annual basis, VSA/NJ honors students with disabilities ages 14 to 21 for outstanding achievement in and dedication to the arts and to educators who develop quality arts programming for students with disabilities. Award recipients become candidates for the NJ Governor’s Awards in Arts Education. Please contact VSA/NJ for application materials and additional details. Submission deadline: January 25, 2016