A private not-for-profit organization, VSA Florida (VSAFL) conducts art education programs in schools, Department of Juvenile Justice facilities, and community centers; promotes the accomplishments of artists with disabilities through our artist registry, exhibitions, and performances; and increases access to the arts through professional development workshops. VSA Florida is headquartered in the College of Education at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
The mission of VSA Florida is to provide, support and champion arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities. Our vision is to create a world in which the arts are universally accessible.
All of VSA Florida’s programs align with our guiding principles:
Every young person with a disability deserves access to appropriate arts learning experiences.
All artists in schools and art educators should be appropriately prepared to include students and adults with disabilities in their instruction.
All children, youth and adults with disabilities should have complete access to community cultural facilities and activities.
All individuals with disabilities who aspire to careers in the arts should have the opportunity to develop appropriate skills.