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Idaho Parents Unlimited Inc

Arts Education and Culture

VSA Idaho Video

Christopher Huntsman has been selected as one of the 2015 Kennedy Center VSA Playwright Discovery Competition Winners

Idaho Parents Unlimited/VSA Idaho, the State Organization on Arts and Disability is so very proud to announce that Christopher Huntsman has been selected as one of the 2015 Kennedy Center VSA Playwright Discovery Competition Winners!!

"Christopher Huntsman is a recent graduate of Boise High School in Boise, Idaho and is interested in pursuing a program of study in digital filmmaking and video production, game art and design, or media arts and animation. In 2014 he completed a street-art mural painting on display in downtown Boise and participated in VSA Idaho’s Work of Art project with three other local teen artists.

Christopher submitted his script under the superb guidance of teaching artist Sandra Cavanaugh as part of one of IPUL/VSA Idaho's Creative Access Artist in Residence Program residencies held at Boise High School.


The full press release can be viewed here

In Memory of Robert "Bob" Neal, Producer "The Master's Apprentice".
The Master's Apprentice was created to provide awareness of the importance of employment for people with disabilities in a field of their choice.  Idaho Parents Unlimited's VSA Idaho, the State Organization on Arts and Disability received funding for four years to ensure emerging artists were given the opportunity to develop their skills in a unique one to one apprenticeship that culminated in a public artist reception.  Funding was under the State Independent Living Program's Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, and the Master's Apprentice video was included in the Idaho Able to Work program. 
According to the Boise Weekly, "Bob Neal was an artist and a slam poet. He acted in many i48 films, participated in Modern Art, published zines and coloring books and worked with Treasure Valley Community Television where he hosted "Modern Bob's 21st Century Art Show."
Bob was a friend to IPUL for many years. He left the earth on September 28th, 2015, but he also left behind many artistic gifts and wonderful memories. We extend our sincere sympathies to his wonderful wife, Jeanne, and their entire family.

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VSA Idaho Artist in Residence Program

VSA Idaho's Creative Access programs have been placing teaching artists in public schools statewide for residencies in visual, performing and literary arts for 15 years. Residency sites include grades pre-K–12 as well as community centers including IPUL's Creative Access Art Center. Residencies can occur in general or special education classroom and are tailored to meet the needs of students as well as accommodate teaching schedules. Residencies are a minimum of 10 hours and our teaching artists are all experienced in teaching arts with special populations. For more information please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Under a Contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a contract with the State Department of Education, artists provide high quality art programs to hundreds of students with disabilities throughout the state of Idaho.

VSA Idaho, The State Organization on Arts and Disability, provides arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increases access to the arts for all. VSA's mission is empowering and engaging people with disabilities in the creative process through opportunities which are fully inclusive, educational and participatory.

VSA Idaho is member of the VSA Affiliate Network, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. VSA is an international organization founded by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in 1974. 

Further funding for IPUL’s 2014-2015 Creative Access Artist in Residence Program is made possible by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Kennedy Center, and the Idaho State Department of Education.                      

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