Lisa Abia-Smith, Director of Education and Outreach at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Adjunct Professor in the Arts and Administration Program, has been selected as a presenter for the Therapy in Educational Settings (TIES) Conference. Abia-Smith will participate in the session titled “VSA International Organization on Arts and Disability: Oregon’s Affiliate Re-Emerges at the U of O Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.” This session explores how K-12 art programming is impacted by constricting school budgets. A re-emergent VSA Oregon affiliate can bridge the gap for students with disabilities. Many core curriculum and social skills competencies can be gained by experiencing Art in the Museum, Studio and thru student art displays. Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is an interactive and inquiry based tool for viewing the ambiguities within art. It can be used as an assessment tool in medicine, useful to OT/PT.
Participants will become familiar with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) and its resources for OT/PT and children with disabilities, VSA (Very Special Arts) International, the history of Oregon’s VSA Affiliate – where we’ve been, JSMA’s role in the Re-Emergence of Oregon’s VSA Affiliate – where we are going, and what an active VSA affiliate will mean to educators and students with disabilities.