VSA Minnesota to hold 2 discussions in SMAC region on Dec. 13

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Taking place in Marshall, MN and Windom, MN


The staff of VSA Minnesota , the state organization on arts and disability, invites you to join them for a cup of coffee, a chocolate chip cookie or two and some conversation on how people with disabilities engage with the arts community in your area.

Craig Dunn and Jon Skaalen are interested in hearing from people with all types of disabilities. People who are blind or deaf, people who live with mental illness or a developmental disability and people who have physical disabilities or other disabilities brought on by medical conditions. Craig and Jon hope to discuss: What you are doing in the arts and  what barriers you might be experiencing that are keeping you from doing what you would like in the arts. They would also love to hear from people who work in arts settings who have questions about how to serve people with disabilities more effectively through their arts presentation or program.

Jon will share information about and distribute applications for VSA Minnesota’s Emerging Artist Grant Program for artists with disabilities.  The program, with a deadline in early 2017, provides six grants of $2,000 for chosen artists to create new work in the coming year. Craig will talk about plans for hopes to increase the participation of people with disabilities; both as self-employed artists and as employees in organizational settings.

Please join the VSA Minnesota by taking part in discussion with some light refreshments at either one of these locations:

  • December 13, 2-3:30 pm at Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, 114 N. 3rd St, Marshall, MN.
  • December 13, 6-7:30 pm at Cottonwood County Historical Museum, 812 4th Ave, Windom, MN.

Two very important final notes:  If you plan to attend, let the VSA Minnesota know so they bring enough cookies! Even more importantly, if you need a sign language interpreter to participate in the gathering, they must hear from you no later than end of the day Friday, December 9th , so they can arrange for an interpreter to be present.

RSVP’s and requests for an interpreter should be sent to Craig Dunn at or make a quick call to 800-801-3883. More information about VSA Minnesota can be found at


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