VSA FREE Community Art-Making Workshop August 3rd

Posted on July 18, 2013

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Join us Saturday, August 3, from 1-3 pm for a free art making workshop for the Minnesota Disability Mural Project. Spectrum ArtWorks artist and Peer Support Specialist, Christi Furnas, is currently collaborating with VSA Minnesota on a very special mural project. What does "Arts Access" mean to you? VSA Minnesota is inviting individuals with and without disabilities to artistically answer this question as a part of the Minnesota Disability Mural Project. Workshops are taking place in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud, days and evenings, through August 31.

Each workshop will provide a variety of supplies and art-making implements to accommodate people with physical and sensory disabilities in barrier-free settings. ASL interpreting is available by contacting VSA Minnesota three working days in advance.

The completed mural of visual art - created on 12"x12" masonite tiles - writing and video will be exhibited in October during Disability Employment Awareness Month at Minneapolis City Center and The Paramount Visual Arts Center in St. Cloud. This is an exciting project and we are looking forward to seeing members of the community participate during the August workshop at Soo Visual Arts Center!

Workshops are listed at and on VSA Minnesota’s Facebook Page Events. Or get the schedule by email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), phone 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883, or VSA Minnesota, 528 Hennepin Ave. #305, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

This project is a replication of a 2011 project directed by Bridget Riversmith with the Arrowhead Alliance of Artists with Disabilities (AAAWD) in Duluth. The original Disability Mural Project in 2000, led by Frances Valesco at the Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley, California, is now displayed at the Ed Roberts Campus in the Ashby BART station in Berkeley.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. VSA Minnesota is a statewide, nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and access the arts.

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