Resident Partner – VSA

VSA- Loudoun's production of 'Cinderella',

VSA- Loudoun’s production of ‘Cinderella’,

Franklin Park Arts Center is honored to be the resident home of VSA Arts of Virginia, Loudoun County. Founded in 1989 by volunteers, led by Alice Power, VSA Arts provides the opportunity for people with disabilities to participate in the performing arts. The first musical play, The Wizard of Oz, was performed in spring of 1991 at the Lucketts Community Center. 18 years, 26 plays and several locations later, VSA Arts of Virginia Loudoun County has moved into a permanent performing venue. In March, 2008, The Old Homeplace opened to sell-out crowds at Franklin Park Arts Center.

The Loudoun chapter of VSA Arts has performed at three international festivals as well as the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. In 2005, the clowning group, Clownin’ Around began performing for the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia’s Annual Buddy Walk at the Government Center of Fairfax County.

The visual art component of VSA Arts of Virginia Loudoun County is called the Da Vinci Art Studio and was founded by Pam Oliver in 2001. Da Vinci artists have displayed and sold numerous pieces of original art and have been invited to show their work throughout Virginia. The Da Vinci Art Studio meets twice weekly in the Lobby/Gallery area of Franklin Park Arts Center.