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National Arts & Music Programs

Programs that provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in artistic (visual, musical, and performing) activities. Also, includes art and music therapy programs.

Tennessee Arts & Music Programs

Pathfinder Resources

Database of Services: Relevant keywords may include: Arts & Music Programs, as well as, Camps and/or Summer Programs,

Access to the Arts

Access to the Arts works directly with persons with disabilities and arts organizations to assure access to diverse artistic experiences. Access to the Arts develops human and financial resources that allow for the full participation of persons with disabilities in the arts. It provides educational tools to people with disabilities, arts organizations, disability groups, and the general public.

Accessible Arts, Inc

Accessible Arts, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of services to make the arts accessible to people of all abilities. It has a national referral network and serves as a resource center for consultation and evaluation. Services include training workshops, arts demonstrations with students, and technical assistance. Accessible Arts, Inc., also publishes a newsletter semiannually.

Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts

An advocacy non-profit organization which promote inclusive hiring practices and standards, diversity in leadership and balanced portrayals of persons with disabilities and persons of color.

American Federation of Musicians

The American Federation for Musicians is a national membership organization that provides grants to musicians with disabilities through the Lester Petrillo Fund for Disabled Musicians.

Axis Dance Company

The AXIS Dance Company strives for the integration of contemporary dance and disability culture. AXIS provides education/outreach programs“Dance Access” and “Dance Access/KIDS!”which offer events for adults and youths of all abilities, locally and on tour. AXIS also offers professional-level training through classes, summer intensives, internships, and apprenticeships.

Culture! Disability! Talent!

Culture! Disability! Talent! (CDT) CDT is a non-profit, collaborative organization that works to transform disability stereotypes by providing access and opportunities for performers and mediamakers with disabilities. Comprised of disability cultural artists, activists and allies, CDT promotes artistic excellence and diversity by presenting disability cultural events.

Dancing Wheels Company & School

The Dancing Wheels Company & School is an integrated dance company, comprised of professional dancers with and without disabilities. The organization presents master classes, residencies, school assembly programs, workshops, story ballets, and main stage concert performances. In addition, the Dancing Wheels Company & School provides weekly dance classes and summer dance workshops for dancers of all experience levels.

DEAF Media, Inc.

DEAF Media, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advocating for Deaf arts and to developing cultural, educational, and professional opportunities for the Deaf community.

Infinity Dance Theater

Infinity Dance Theater is a non-traditional dance company committed to expanding the boundaries of dance by featuring dancers with and without disabilities. The company aims to inspire people with and without disabilities, encourage their artistic and other professional aspirations, and empower them through the organization's educational and performance programs.

International Center on Deafness and the Arts

The International Center on Deafness and the Arts (ICODA) provides education, training, and artistic opportunities for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing, through participation in and observation of professional artistic endeavors. Opportunities with ICODA include theatre, arts festivals, museums, dance, distance-learning, and children’s programming.

National Arts and Disability Center (NADC)

Promotes the full inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities into all facets of the arts community. The NADC is a leading consultant in the arts and disability community.

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. The NEA provides resources about inclusion and grants to artist with disabilities.

National Institute of Art & Disabilities

The National Institute of Art & Disabilities provides an art program that promotes creativity, independence, dignity, and community integration for people with developmental and other disabilities.

Theater Breaking Through Barriers

Theater Breaking Through Barriers, an integrated company of artists with and without disabilities, has been working for 30 years “to change the image of people with disabilities from that of dependence to independence.” The Theater recently expanded its mission, from advancing the careers of artists with vision loss, to advancing the careers of artists with all disabilities in New York City.

VSA Arts

VSA arts is an international, nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts.

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Other Links and Resources

  • Week of the Young Child
    The National Week of the Young Child focuses public attention on the rights and needs of young children. It is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which is dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education for all young children and their families.

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