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A man playing a saxophone on stage. Painting of a hand cupped around a tiny infant. Vibrantly colored painting of geometric renderings of faces. A woman sculpting a bust out of clay. Close-up of a painting of a human eye in shades of black, red and orange. A woman performing in a play on stage. A young boy smiling at a hand puppet. An exuberant group of participants in the Actual Lives program. A young boy participating in the Arts Alive program. Painting with white and blue hair-like strokes on a background of deep turquoise. Man in a wheelchair viewing artwork in a gallery. Blind artist standing in front of his work. Group of women performing with colored scarves. Man speaking into a microphone with open captioning on a large screen behind him. Group of young students playing a musical game with the teacher.

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VSA Texas presents our 8th Annual Holiday Art and Gift Show 2016

VSA Texas presents its 8th annual Holiday Art and Gift Show. Entrance to the show is located on 3707 Home Street, (off 38th & Guadalupe), Room 101, Austin, TX, 78705. The festive holiday art and gift show runs from November 14 to December 23, 2016. Hours are Monday - Saturday, 10am-4pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Meet the Artists Reception: November 26, 2016, 1-4 pm
Meet the Artists Reception: December 10, 2016, 1-4 pm
(same location as Art and Gift Show)

Buy unique gifts and artwork from Texas artists including cards, jewelry, prints, ornaments, fine art, knitted items, CDs, glass, and more. Support artist with disabilities and VSA Texas at the same time. Artists get 70% of sale price and VSA Texas gets 30%. Shop with convenience at this central Austin location.

Learn more by emailing VSA Texas or calling 512-454-9912.

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Benefit at Ten Thousand Villages

Join VSA Texas and Ten Thousand Villages for a celebration of the holiday giving season with holiday cheer and holiday gift shopping!

VSA Texas Holiday Benefit hosted by Ten Thousand Villages
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Ten Thousand Villages (new location)
4803 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78756
512-440-0440

‘Tis the season to support VSA Texas, a not for profit organization whose mission is to challenge perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities. Ten Thousand Villages, will donate between 10-15% of the evening’s sales to support the programs and services of VSA.

The fair trade gift store offers colorful home decor accents, jewelry, musical-instruments, accessories, and other unique gift items. Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair income for artisans in Third World Countries, helping to build sustainability in their communities.

It’s the perfect time to buy all your holiday gifts, so come ready to shop fair trade! For more information please email VSA Texas or call (512) 454-9912. If you can’t make it, consider making a donation.

It's My Story

It’s My Story
Classes for young adults with disabilities ages 16-22. Learn how to tell your story through digital media!

Spring and Summer 2017
FEE: $35 per class Each class will be held at VSA Texas Room 101, 3710 Cedar St, Austin, TX 78705

FIRST CLASS: Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18 from 1-4 pm
Introduction to Digital Storytelling

In this class, students will be introduced to concepts of digital storytelling and receive an overview of different programs available for creating digital stories, including Voki, WordFoto, and ImageChef. Through the course, each student will create a 2-5 minute digital story. See complete class schedules and to register.

Open Mic Nap

Next Open Mic

Sunday, December 18, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Malvern Books
613 West 29th Street
Austin, TX 78705

Join us for our Open Mic. Performers of all types are encouraged to participate.

NEW! Sign up on the list when you arrive to reserve your space. Don't miss out! This monthly event is growing in popularity.

For more information email April Sullivan or call 512-454-9912.

Giving Voice

This summer, Austin design leaders mentored local teen artists with disabilities. AIGA Austin and VSA Texas would love to share the results of their multi-week workshop through a Poster Show that takes you through their creative journey. The original signed posters will hang in the Laura Bush Community Library and will be available to the highest bidder.

The exhibition is on view from
Sept 25, 2016 - January 6, 2017
For Library hours visit www.westbanklibrary.com

Body Shift is a mixed ability dance project

For over 10 years, Forklift Danceworks and VSA Texas have engaged in the world of mixed-ability improvisational dance. Everyone moves in unique and different ways, and Body Shift offers dance classes for anyone to explore movement and the body. Body Shift creates a welcoming environment that empowers everyone to fully embrace dancing in their own unique way promoting the idea every Body can find enjoyment in contemporary dancing. For more about Body Shift go to www.bodyshift.org.



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