2023 VSA Emerging Young Artists Program


The Kennedy Center | July 25, 2023

Less than a month left to apply!

If you know a U.S.-based* visual artist ages 16-25 with disabilities+ encourage them to apply for our 2023-2024 VSA Emerging Young Artist Program before applications close on Friday, August 18.

Fifteen winning artists will each receive a $5,000 award, have one of their submitted pieces travel in a year-long national exhibition, and engage in an all-expenses-paid professional development workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. February 26-29, 2024.

This year we’re asking artists to consider the theme: “Interchange“. Explore the connection of different ideas and pathways to each other. How does your art interact with your disability identity and the world? How are you initiating dialogue with others?

Learn more about the program on our website.

*Artists must reside at least nine months out of the year in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Northern Marianas Islands, Guam, American Samoa, or U.S. Virgin Islands.

+Disability is a broad umbrella that covers a variety of lived experiences. Eligible artists have visible, physical, and/or sensory conditions as well as less visible conditions like anxiety, ADHD, depression, chronic illness/pain, PTSD, OCD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, neurodivergence, and more.

Entry Deadline:  Friday, August 18, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. MT