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Access to the Arts

VSA Ohio partners with local, state-wide, and national partners to provide high-quality, accessible theater opportunities to individuals with disabilities.

Over the past several years VSAO has partnered with the Phoenix Theater for Children to bring students from the Ohio State School for the Blind and the Ohio School for the Deaf to the Vern Riffe Center in Columbus for live, audio-described and ASL interpreted theater performances.

In 2010 VSA Ohio received a Challenge America Fast-Track Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support accessible theater performances in Sylvania, Elyria, and Columbus, Ohio.

The VSA and Kennedy Center co-produced musical theater production of Nobody’s Perfect, based on the book by Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney, travelled to the Stocker Arts Center at Lorain County Community College in Elyria and The Franciscan Center at Lourdes College in Sylvania. An accessible performance of the world premier of Pierce to the Soul was presented at the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education’s Virtuoso Awards Ceremony in Columbus. The grant supported the attendance and travel to performances by underserved students, accessibility accommodations, educational components, and production costs.

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