Kentucky Center Access Services provides Visual Arts and Hip Hop Dance at the Kentucky School for the Deaf
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 provided four weeks of two hour sessions with middle school students at the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) with visual artist Patricia Ritter working on a mural for the middle school. Patricia Ritter is on the Roster of Teaching Artists of The Kentucky Arts Council, VSA of Kentucky and The TN Arts Commission.
Additionally, AAE provided Hip Hop sessions to elementary school students at the Kentucky School for the Deaf for four sessions over a two week period. Artist Safiyyah Rasool, provided these sessions, she is a gifted dancer and artist/educator who performs and teaches in Kentucky.
The mission of KSD ensures that deaf and hard of hearing children and youth in Kentucky have educational opportunities to develop their potential to become educated, life-long learners and productive citizens. In partnership with families, local school districts, and other service providers, KSD functions as a statewide educational center where: students come first; teaching and learning go hand in hand; students learn and flourish; families are valued; hearing loss is viewed as a difference, not a deficit; experienced staff care; knowledge and experience are shared; an equal opportunity playing field is a given.
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.