The Kentucky Center Access Services Arts Access Education (AAE) program is a new initiative to bring artists to schools and classes serving students with disabilities. AAE, is made possible by funding from the WHAS Crusade for Children and CVS Caremark. The AAE program has provided six Hip Hop sessions to middle school students at the Kentucky School for the Blind for the past six weeks, there is one session remaining. Artist Safiyyah Rasool, has provided these sessions, she is a gifted dancer and artist/educator who performs and teaches in Kentucky.
The mission of the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) is to provide comprehensive educational services to all Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired, from birth to age 21. KSB is part of the Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Next Generation Learners, Division of Learning Services.
In addition to the time spent with the students, artists Safiyyah Rasool also taught a session to the Faculty, providing them with a better understanding of how these lessons can benefit the students they serve.
We, at The Kentucky Center, envision a world in which the arts are accessible to all people, and diverse forms of creative activity are respected, nurtured, and appreciated. Through artist residencies, The Kentucky Center brings instrumental music, vocal music, storytelling, dance, drama, and visual art to agencies serving children and adults with disabilities in Kentucky. Through art instruction, participants can learn new skills, expand their horizons and develop a sense of self, well-being and belonging.
The Access Services Program furthers the Center’s mission of service to the Commonwealth by confirming its position as a cultural innovator committed to making the arts available and accessible to the entire community. To learn about how to support the Center’s Access Services program, visit http://www.kentuckycenter.org/SupportUs, or call (502) 562-0159.