Our Perspective
VSA Ohio is a community that connects inspired artists with their passion, service providers with resources, and all citizens with creative opportunities.
Our mission is to make the arts and arts education more accessible and inclusive for people with any disability and their support networks. At VSA Ohio, creativity transcends disability.

Founded in 1986, we advocate for accessibility and equality, advance careers in the creative sector, build community, and improve the academic achievement of Ohio’s students through arts integration. By bridging arts and disability, our programs and services constantly evolve to promote inclusive spaces and accessible opportunities for people with disabilities to celebrate life through art. 

"This art will challenge your notion of dis/ability. We hope it inspires your own creativity and acts of inclusion." -Erin Hoppe, executive director

Access Statement:
VSA Ohio is committed to providing excellent experiences, engaging the broadest possible audiences, and breaking down barriers to participation. Specific accommodations are listed for each program; requests for other professional services should be made at least two weeks in advance. For all questions, contact Erin Hoppe at 614-241-5325 or ehoppe@vsao.org.

Contact Us:
77 South High Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Download VSA Ohio's 2018 Impact Report (pdf).

Download VSA Ohio's 2014-2015 Annual Report (pdf).


Evolution of the VSA name

1974: National Committee - Arts for the Handicapped

1985: Very Special Arts Ohio

1999: VSA arts Ohio

2010: VSA Ohio

VSA was long known as Very Special Arts. Words such as "special and "handicapped" do not reflect current language trends in the United States and many other countries. We are now VSA Ohio - The State Organization on Arts and Disability. We encourage everyone to embrace our new identity.

*VSA Ohio was a long-time member of the VSA Affiliate Network. VSA is an international organization founded by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in 1974. As of 2019, the Affiliate Network no longer formally exists, though its orginal members are still active in their respective states and many of the national programs still exist through the Office of VSA and Accessibility within the Education Department of The Kennedy Center.

Major Funders

Ohio Department of Education logo, Ohio in large font, separating line, Department of Education

Ohio Arts Council logo, Ohio Arts Council with five "A"s on a circle, forming a wheel of different color

Greater Columbus Arts Council Logo, lower-case "g", "c", line, "a", "c"  Greater Columbus Arts Council
*GCAC Project Grants support the ReelAbilities Film Festival Columbus, Building Access by Design & Arts and Autism Conference, and several artist awards. In 2016, a BOOST grant supported technology upgrades, staff professional development, and development of our 2017 - 2020 Strategic Plan.

The Columbus Foundation Logo, acorn graphic The Columbus Foundation

*Support from The Columbus Foundation comes from the Community Arts Fund, with assistance from the Ingram-White Castle Foundation.

Art Works. National Endowment for the Arts logo with primary color triangles. arts.gov



VSA Ohio is proud to partner with other statewide service organizations. We advocate and take action for more accessible and inclusive arts and arts education opportunities.

OhioDance Logo in black and white with wave lines in capital "O"

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education Logo, lower-case "o", "a", "a", "e" grouped and layered on triangle, circle, square shapes beside Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

Ohio Citizens for the Arts logo