VSA Ohio is a community that connects inspired artists with their passion, service providers with resources, and all citizens with creative opportunities. By bridging arts and disability, our programs and services constantly evolve to provide inclusive environments and accessible opportunities for people with disabilities to celebrate life through the arts.
Founded in 1986, we work hard to advocate for accessibility and equality, advance careers in the creative sector, build community, and improve the academic achievement of Ohio’s students through arts integration.
"This art will challenge your notion of dis/ability. We hope it inspires your own creativity and acts of inclusion."
-Erin Hoppe, executive director
VSA Ohio is a member of the VSA Affiliate Network, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. VSA is an international organization founded by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in 1974.
Watch this video to hear Ambassador Smith talk about the VSA Affiliate Network
Evolution of the VSA name
1974: National Committee - Arts for the Handicapped
1985: Very Special Arts
1999: VSA arts
VSA was long known as Very Special Arts. Words such as "special and "handicapped" do not reflect current language trends in the United States and many other countries. We are now VSA Ohio - The State Organization on Arts and Disability. We encourage everyone to embrace our new identity.
Advocacy VSA Ohio is a proud member of Ohio Citizens for the Arts. Since 1976 Ohio Citizens for the Arts has worked to secure the highest level of funding possible for the Ohio Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts who in turn support artists, arts organizations, communities, and others delivering the arts. Click here for an OCA membership application (PDF).