VSA’s Marian Winters and artist Lora Durquey

VSA’s Marian Winters and artist Lora Durquey

VSA arts of Florida joins in partnership with the West Tampa Center for the Arts

VSA arts of Florida is pleased to announce its new partnership with the West Tampa Center for the Arts, located at 1906 N. Armenia Avenue in Tampa. This combined gallery will provide accessible exhibition and teaching space to showcase art created by artists with disabilities statewide, as well as provide a welcoming space for people with disabilities to take and/or instruct arts classes. As part of the “mainstream”, the Open Door Gallery will truly promote respect, dignity and acceptance for people with disabilities. This space will be ADA compliant both within the facility and programmatically and will be used as a teaching lab for best practices for arts organizations. Exhibitions will change quarterly with corresponding theme-based workshops, including workshops for artists on strategies for successful careers in the arts.

Funding for the Open Door Gallery came from a 2006–2007 challenge grant from the state of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

VSA arts of Florida, founded in 1981, is a member of the international network of VSA arts, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. VSA arts of Florida provides arts, education, and cultural opportunities for and by people with disabilities through a network of program partners in 45 Florida counties. In 2005-2006, VSA arts of Florida programs in inclusive settings directly served 55,000 individuals with disabilities and 150,000 other participants.

For further information, please contact Marian Winters
3500 E. Fletcher Ave., Suite 234, Tampa FL 33613
813–558–5095 (voice)
813–975–6596 (fax)
888–844–ARTS (voice/TTY)
mwinters@tempest.coedu.usf.edu
www.vsafl.org