On November 24th, as part of the ongoing celebration of VSA’s 40th Anniversary, VSA-NYC/Marquis Studios hosted the annual VSA-NYC Awards Ceremony.
VSA-NYC/Marquis Studios presented the Arts Advocate Award of the Year to Mr. Clay Aiken for his leadership in co-founding the National Inclusion Project. Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, Founder of VSA, and Bebe Bernstein, Founder of VSA-NYC attended and, along with Marquis Studios Executive Director David Marquis, acknowledged student artists from District 75 schools with certificates of award. Both Tom Schutte, President of Pratt Institute and Kirk Pillow, Interim Provost of Pratt Institute delivered inspiring speeches about the value of arts education.
Executive Director, David Marquis and Director of Special Projects, Barbara Pollard thanked NYC Council Members who used their CASA funding to promote art by students with disabilities.
Will Brightbill accepted a plaque on behalf of Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick. Anna Scaife also attended, representing Council Member Deborah Rose; the councilwoman’s plaque was later presented to Stephanie Layne at 45R during a Marquis Studios African MarketPlace residency. Council Members James Vacca and Rory I. Lancman were also recognized at the Awards Ceremony.
Unable to attend on November 24th, Council Members Vacca and Lancman visited schools in their districts to watch student performances organized by Marquis Studios. Council Member Vacca attended a Circus Extravaganza culminating event at PS 10X@ PS304X and Council Member Lancman attended the event at PS255Q@PS168Q. Director of Special Projects, Barbara Pollard presented plaques to the Council Members and thanked them for their generous support of arts programs for students with disabilities.