ARTS ACCESS SC (formerly VSA South Carolina) is a nonprofit organization that provides children, youth and adults with disabilities quality arts experiences.
ARTS ACCESS SC works to promote quality and accessible art experiences for people with all types of disabilities throughout the state of South Carolina. The organization works with South Carolina artists, educators, arts administrators, health/human and social service professionals to establish inclusive spaces, programs and communities dedicated to the arts and people with disabilities.
Our programs are designed for people with disabilities and foster the attitude that people with disabilities should pursue the arts as a career or recreational pursuit.
ARTS ACCESS SOUTH CAROLINA'S
Mr. LaMondre Pough (Richland County)
Chris Hartwick (Greenville County)
Carolyn D. Johnson (Richland County)
For more than 40 years, the agency has worked to make it possible for every citizen in the state to enjoy and benefit from the arts, including those who do not have a lot of money or live in a large city. The Commission's programs and activities fall into three major domains of public participation and service:
Community Arts Development
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all.
With 52 international affiliates and a network of nationwide affiliates, VSA is providing arts and education programming for youth and adults with disabilities around the world.
Each year, 7 million people of all ages and abilities participate in VSA programs, in every aspect of the arts – from visual arts, performing arts, to the literary arts.
Arts & Education
ARTS ACCESS SOUTH CAROLINA is dedicated to inspiring state-wide students with disabilities through all aspects of the arts (music, dance, theater, painting and more).
Our talented and passionate educators (teaching artists) generously share their knowledge and wisdom with South Carolina students of all ages... empowering them to find their own inner artist... often times leading to lifelong love of the arts and successful careers.
Our Teaching Artists
A truly unique and noteworthy creation of ARTS ACCESS SC is our C.O.T.T.A.G.E. Industries℠ concept... a highly important way for individuals with disabilities to turn the various skills they acquire through our projects into sustainable career opportunities. Several success stories have been achieved throughout our 20 plus years... with more certain to come. Check back for our latest positive stories!
Project R.E.A.L.℠ is a creative, career-exploration collaborative targeting students with disabilities led by ARTS ACCESS SOUTH CAROLINA. Executive Director, Julia Brown, works to bring established regional artists into schools for short-term residencies – during which students, with intellectual and developmental disabilities, experience creative careers. Successful residencies have allowed students with disabilities to explore traditional, coastal-basket weaving, visual arts, theater arts, musical arts, and others.