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VSA Arts of Massachusetts to Produce Multimedia Jazz Event

The VSA arts of Massachusetts and Wheelock Family Theatre (WFT), both celebrating their 25th anniversary seasons, have collaborated to present a multimedia, multi-sensory and interactive improvised jazz music event, JazzArtSigns , on March 9, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.

Bostonian Lisa Thorson, a jazz vocalist, actress and music educator, is the creator of JazzArtSigns and has been working with VSA arts of Massachusetts for many years to develop this project. As a wheelchair user, Thorson had been observing disabled people’s inaccessibility to the arts and culture and envisioned events where people with and without disabilities could equally participate in the live concert experience. In 1999, her dream became a reality, with support from VSA arts of Massachusetts’ National Cultural Arts Initiative, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Berklee College of Music’s Faculty Fellowship Program.

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