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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.

Welcome to VSA Texas

Playback Theatre

Austin Playback Theatre presents
First Tuesday Stories, June 6, 2017
Supporting VSA Texas

Show Story Theme: Creativity and Connection: How do we connect with others through creativity?

Unitarian Universalist Church
4700 Grover Avenue
Austin, Texas 78756

Come share your story or be inspired by the stories of others!

June 6, 2017 - 7 pm Doors, 7:30 pm Show, $7-15 Donation at Door

Tell Stories, Build Community, Support Good Works in Austin

All Austin Playback Theatre donations at this show will go directly to VSA Texas. APT’s mission is to challenge perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities.

Austin Playback Theatre is an improvisational theater in which the troupe elicits impressions and stories from the audience and plays them back.

Austin Playback Theatre is collaborating with the First Unitarian Universalist Church on Grover Street to feature a different nonprofit each month. UU is providing us with space to perform at no charge so that all ticket profits can go directly to helping artists with disabilities in Texas.

Austin Playback Theatre's goal is to help nonprofits in Austin build community and awareness while raising money as well as to build ties among those Austinites who enjoy helping others & creating strong community connections! Come share your stories!

For more information contact Lynn Johnson or call 512-454-9912.

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!

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

Summer Session 1: M-Th, June 19-22
10 am – 2 pm
Your 15 Minutes of Fame w/ Jeannine Chartier

Create you own digital story using a variety of computer animation and slide story programs. Write your story, pick out the actors and backdrops, and bring them to life!

Summer Session 2: M-Th, June 26-29
10 am – 2 pm
My Digital Life w/ Jeannine Chartier

Use digital cameras and computers with a variety of software programs to create your story. Through the process, you will write and revise a story, develop performance skills, utilize personal and/or found images, and learn basics in video editing and audio recording.

About Jeannine Chartier: a multi-media artist and educator with a disability resulting from childhood polio, Jeannine has 25+ years of teaching and currently teaches digital media skills and media literacy in Rhode Island. In 2013 she was awarded an education grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Give Me 5 RI Youth Film Festival.

Register Now! Space is limited. Contact Lynn Johnson or call 512-454-9912 for more information.

Mary Kraemer

Mobile Art presents “Horticulture Art”

Nature based classes with instructor Mary Kraemer: combining growing gardening materials with creative activities by using plants for art materials. A healthy therapeutic set of classes that gets you in contact with nature through July 16, 2017. $10 per class. Sundays, 1-3PM at the AGE Bldg. VSA Texas classroom 101, Entrance at 3707 Home Lane. Must be 18+. Click here to see complete schedule. To register contact Lynn Johnson or call 512-454-9912.

Next Classes:
June 4
Flower Art part 1:

How to dry flowers, use flowers to make prints, for collages, dried flower arrangements, and dried potpourri.

June 11
Flower Art part 2:
How to dry flowers, use flowers to make prints, for collages, dried flower arrangements, and dried potpourri.

June 18
Creating mini-succulents arrangements

Succulents have very shallow roots and can be put into very small containers for the whimsically minded.

June 25
Celebrating Summer Solstice party

We will be making dryer orange slices, flower crowns, gods eyes, and have a mini procession.

Library Live

Call for Musicians with Disabilities
VSA Texas @ Library Live!

VSA Texas has been invited to participate in Austin Public Library's Library Live music series by hosting a quarterly concert series at the Carver Branch featuring musicians with disabilities! This series will provide an accessible venue for both aspiring and established musicians with disabilities. Download the entry form to apply. Contact Eric Clow or call 512-454-9912 for more information. Date & Time TBA.

Open Mic Nap

Next Open Mic

Saturday, June 24, 2017
7:00-8:30 pm
Malvern Books
613 W. 29th Street
Austin, TX 78705

Join VSA Texas and Pen2Paper at our monthly inclusive and acoustic open mic at Malvern Books.

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

Body Shift is a mixed ability dance project

Everyone moves in unique and different ways. Body Shift offers dance classes for anyone to explore movement and the body, and creates a welcoming environment that empowers everyone to fully embrace dancing. Every Body can find enjoyment in contemporary dancing. Come experience an Elements class and learn how you, too, can move creatively in a group or by yourself. We have been doing this for over 10 years, and we are just getting started! Thank You Impact Austin for your support. Visit for more information.

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