Thursday, December 28, 2006

Outside the Lines gets local nod

VSA arts of Virginia's arts entrepreneurial program Outside the Lines, has been noticed by Richmond Magazine in the Arts & Entertainment, Spotlight section of January 2007 issue. Works by VSAVA Artists Terry Lynn Smith and Krishanna Spencer are also featured with the article.

You can view or download the article by clicking here.

How cool is that?

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Call for Entries: Easter Seals VA EggstravaganzaSM!

Calling All Artists…adult or student…professional or amateur…we want you to be part of the Easter Seals VA EggstravaganzaSM!

Lots of fun, great prizes, super folks… and a fantastic cause!!!

Easter Seals VA has been hosting a fun and successful black-tie adult egg hunt and auction event for the last five years that has raised over $270,000 to support their programs and services for over 45,000 children and adults with disabilities throughout Virginia. We have had different arts related groups participate throughout the course of this project. Due to the popularity of our event, this year we wanted to open the opportunity for even more folks to become involved!

Here is all the info you need to participate:

There are 3 levels of competition – Professional, Amateur and Student. Each level will have a first and second place winner for 2/3 dimensional “eggart”. There will also be an overall winner for Best In Show and Best Expression of the Easter Seals VA Mission. A nominal monetary prize of $35 will be awarded for each and the best in show will win either $100 or two tickets to the Egg event. These eggs are used in the project in many ways - as live or silent auction items themselves; to be paired up with special packages (trips, party packages, artwork, jewelry, sports packages, etc.) in our live auction; or as decorations for the event.

The Egg Art requirements are as follows:
• The piece of art must reflect the Egg theme in some way
• The creation may be 2 or 3 dimensional
• 2 dimensional artwork must but be no larger than “32 x 40”
• 3 dimensional artwork must be able to stand to be displayed on a table
• Easter Seals Virginia reserves the right to deny entry of an egg that is offensive in nature
• The egg entries will become the property of Easter Seals Virginia and will not be returned.

The artists of the eggs that win prizes as well as the eggs that are chosen to accompany the live auction items and those that are auctioned off themselves will be recognized in the event program.

Egg entries may be submitted at Art Works, Inc. (320 Hull Street); February 1-18th.

The Egg judging will take place on Monday, February 19 and winners will be announced at the 4th Friday Reception at Art Works, Inc. on February 23rd at 8:00 p.m. (this event which runs from 7-10 p.m. is open to the public and offers light refreshments and a cash bar). The eggs will remain on display at Art Works Inc. until the Preview Party at William Jeffrey’s Jewelers in March.

The Preview Party event to kick-off the Eggstravaganza SM and to feature the eggs will be held at William Jeffrey’s Jewelers, 9986 Brook Rd., The Creeks at Virginia Centre, on Thursday, March 8th from 6-9 p.m. Entry is free. RSVP to William Jeffrey’s Jewelers, 264-2600, by March 1st so that they can give the caterer an accurate head count.

The Easter Seals Virginia and Century 21 Old Richmond Realty EggstravaganzaSM will be held on Saturday, March 24th from 7-10:30 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Tickets start at $100. To receive an invitation, contact the ESV office at 287-1007.

To Download the submission form, click here.

Outside the Lines deadline approaching!

Just a friendly reminder that the deadline to submit art for the 2007 Outside the Lines show calendar is January 1, 2007.

Outside the Lines is an entrepreneurial arts program of VSA arts of Virginia and is open to artists with disabilities and others with limited arts access, nationwide. Outside the Lines offers opportunities to showcase work for sale while learning how to professionally submit and present art for consideration in juried and curated solo and group visual art exhibitions.

Exhibitions begin February 2007 in 4 different venues in the greater Richmond area.
Arts organizations and human services agencies are welcome to submit group work. Exhibition opportunities are open to all artists (professional or enthusiasts) with disabilties throughout the US regardless of medium.

Deadline: January 1, 2007

Contact Krishanna for guidelines, application and more information at kspencer[@] or by phone;

We look foward to seeing your artwork!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

'Tis the Season!

Please join the VSA arts of Virginia bell choirs in celebrating the season...

Upcoming free performances:

Saturday, December 2 @ 3:00 pm
Winchester Bell Choir Holiday Performance
Goodson Memorial Chapel, Shenandoah University, Winchester

Wednesday, December 6 @ 7:30 pm
Henrico Bell Choir Holiday Performance
Belmont Recreation Center on Hilliard Road, Richmond

Friday, December 8 @ 7:00pm
Lynchburg Bell Choir Holiday Performance
Heritage United Methodist Church
582 Leesville Road, Lynchburg

Sunday, December 10th @4:00pm
Hanover Bell Choir Performance with the Ashland Community Chorus
Hanover Arts and Activities Center, Ashland

Call for Submissions for an International Exhibition

The International Symbol of Access : White outline of a wheelchair user within a blue square.

The Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies at Syracuse University is seeking "images of the access symbol used in different locations and in different times for an international exhibition charting the symbol's global spread and local evolution.
Images could include a photograph, artifact (pin, t-shirt, etc) or document with a variant of the symbol. These would be donated to the program's ISA Archive. Images and artifacts should include the details of its location (e.g. accessible entrance, Hyatt Hotel, Bethesda, USA), the date, and name of photographer or source from which it was taken.

For more information, visit the website.

National Inclusive Schools Week

"National Inclusive Schools Week highlights and celebrates the progress of our nation's schools in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students with disabilities, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, and English language learners. The Week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students, and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children."
VSA arts is an Association Partner of this effort. Please visit the website here to learn more about how you can participate.

Call for Cultural Commentators for Disability Studies Quarterly

Cultural Commentators are authors/scholars who contribute two essays called cultural commentaries per year. DSQ needs eight persons to accept this important contributory role for an appointment period of two years. Cultural Commentaries are concise essays, approximately 600 - 800 words in length, that provide timely and insightful interpretations of current disability issues taking place in the richness and complexity of the social world. It is anticipated there may be opportunities to produce some commentaries as audio and/or video digital documents to be aired on the DSQ website. In lieu of the more traditional book reviews, play reviews, or music reviews, the purpose of Cultural Commentaries in Disability Studies Quarterly is to offer a variety of analyses, interpretations, and critiques of social events and artifacts that engage, illuminate, and critique the cultural ethos of a given activity or social product. Possible examples of Commentaries include (but are certainly not limited
to) analyses of

* Media (Books, Websites, Newpapers, Magazines, Video games, Plays, Movies, Podcasts, Television/Radio) * Political activity (Legislation, Court rulings,
Government policies)
* Corporate or Business activity (New Products, Corporate
* Everyday Life (important mundanities offering insight into disability, social context, and the human condition)

Commentaries should draw upon a variety of scholarly theories and discourses in order to excavate the social problematics, potentials, and possibilities of the most current forms of social activity taking place around the world. Commentaries should be current, poignant, provocative, rich, troubling, humorous, informed, and....perhaps above all....not even remotely suggestive of boredom.
How to Apply: Please send name and contact info along with one sample possible Cultural Commentary (about 600-800 words) to DSQ Assistant Editor Kami Darling at darling@wowway.
Deadline is January 1, 2007.