VSA’s International Persons’ With Disabilities Day A Big Success

By Kim Johnson, Director of Arts Access –

Logan Blade with Tammy Vice

On December 3, I had the pleasure of attending VSA Tennessee’s International Persons with Disabilities Day. Held at the Sumner County Convention and Visitors Center, it featured the power of art through music, dance and an art exhibit.

With a turn out of over 50 people, the event was a big success. It included performances by Logan Blade, VSA Tennessee’s 2014 Young Soloist winner; Movement Connection dancers; and the VSA/Blair Dulcimer Choir.

The exhibit also showcased ceramics created through a VSA TN project led by Kathy Plourde with Project 22 and supported by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

VSA Tennessee provides opportunities for young people with disabilities to participate in and express themselves through arts and arts education. In partnership with and in support of young artists, parents and educators, VSA works to ensure there are resources, tools and opportunities for arts programming in schools and communities statewide. For more information, visit

I would like to thank Lori Kissinger, VSA Tennessee Executive Director, for inviting me to the event to see firsthand how the arts are an important part of the VSA students.