The Kennedy Center

Rosemary Kennedy Initiatives for Young People with Disabilities

The Office of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts serves youth with disabilities pursuing careers in the arts. Whether arts administration, arts education, or as professional artists, this initiative supports individuals and organizations around the country by providing and investing in innovative approaches to supporting young people with disabilities transitioning into the workforce.

VSA Programs for Young Artists with Disabilities

VSA's signature programs offer multi-faceted, unparalleled opportunities for youth with disabilities who have aspirations in the performing and visual arts.

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National Rosemary Kennedy Initiative Contracts

The National Rosemary Kennedy Initiative are competitive, nationwide contracts for arts organizations to provide transition to work and career development opportunities in creative careers, the arts, arts education, or arts management for youth with disabilities between the ages of 15-22. Rosemary Kennedy Initiative programs include transition opportunities such as internships, apprenticeships, and pre-professional trainings that are designed to enhance the individual’s potential for arts-based employment or creative careers.

Learn more and apply for a contract