Adult Education:

New Visions Dance

A two-semester class at the University of Montana serving adults with disabilities and giving UM students the opportunity to learn the basics of teaching creative movement to people with disabilities. This also allows the students to build relationships with people with disabilities and develop their understanding of disability issues.

VSA Choir Program

A two-semester class held at Big Sky High School for adults with disabilities. University students are invited to join as mentors in the program. The program provides choral music experience for participants, opportunities to perform concerts in the community, and to serve as a model in inclusive education practice for music and education students at the University of Montana.

Site Programs:

Montana State Hospital at Warm Springs

VSA Montana, with funding from VSA and the Montana Cultural Trust, annually supports a Radio Theatre project at the Montana State Hospital in November/December. The program culminates with an annual performance of A Christmas Carol for patients and staff at a Christmas Celebration.

Richland Opportunities, Inc, Sidney

Visual arts programs for adults with disabilities.

Custer County Art Center, Miles City

Visual arts programs, workshops, and docent guided exhibits serve children in after school and summer arts programs, adults with disabilities from Eastern Montana Industries and the Eastern Montana Mental Health Center, and additional assistance to better serve children with disabilities in their Artist in Schools and Communities program.

The VSA Artist in Schools and Communities program is underway in Fergus, Judith Basin, Choteau and Meagher counties. Schools wishing to participate may contact the VSA office for information.

Children’s Art Education Programs:

Pre-K-12 arts education program is funded by the Washington Foundation and and an anonymous donation of $5,000.

Kindermusik

Kindermusik program at Child Development Center in Missoula for preschool children on the autism spectrum. A second program will be implemented in Kalispell beginning in October.

Visual Arts Programs

  • A visual arts program for girls with eating disorders in Bozeman.
  • A visual arts program for children in summer and afterschool programs at Eaglemount in Great Falls

Mime Residency Programs, Missoula and Great Falls

Mime Residency program at CS Porter for students in the deaf education program, and for children with autism.

This program is funded through a grant from the Silver Foundation and a VSA School Collaboration grant.

Central Montana Artist in Schools Program

Artist-in-schools and communities, with funding from the Montana Arts Council serves children in inclusive school settings, and adults with disabilities from Snowy Mountain Industries and the Central Montana Mental Health Center. Services provide arts education opportunities in Fergus, Choteau, Meagher and Judith Basin Counties.

Professional Development Services

VSA Montana, in partnership with the Montana Arts Council, provides professional development workshops for teachers and paraprofessionals at the MEA-MFT Conference annually for teaching artists and teachers in additional conference settings.

VSA also provides two day workshops for teachers, para-educators and staff who work with children on the autism spectrum: Learning Strategies to Engage Children with Autism using the Arts. OPI Renewal Units are available for all participants participating in the workshops.