On behalf of VSA Texas, I cordially invite you to attend a tea honoring the life and inspiration of Haven Street-Allen. The tea will be hosted on November 5, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. at the Vuka on South 1st St. in Austin.
VSA will be announcing the nominees for the first ever VSA Texas Artist of the Year Award named in Haven’s memory. The winner will be announced next year.
Light refreshments will be served, with music provided by Michael Tidmore and the Rollers.
As you probably know, artists are at the heart of VSA. They create through visual arts, storytelling, poetry, music, dance and multimedia. With your support, and other generous people like you, artists with diverse abilities have been able to flourish. That is why I would like to celebrate the Haven Award with you.
By creating this type of arts inspired community, VSA has been able to challenge the public's perceptions of how people contribute to society. Through unique works of art, movement, or clever wordplay, VSA’s artists continue to impress the public. Their imagination, creativity, and skillful devotion to their art shines through. Appropriately enough, this is a celebration of not only Haven Street-Allen, but all the artists who are part of this great organization.
Establishing this award in the Haven's memory, VSA Texas recognizes her dedication, vision, and respect for all. Her leadership and commitment has inspired greater access and support for artists with disabilities.
VSA’s goals are to provide support and training to the public, enhance personal growth, and offer Texans access to art created by people with diverse abilities. These are the aims Haven inspired in others during her time as a board member. Besides being on the VSA board, Haven was a volunteer mediator for the Austin Dispute Resolution Center. She retired in 2012 from St. Edwards University where she was Director of Human Resources. Haven passed away in January 2015.
Artists have it rough. We all know that, but it’s even harder when you have a disability. There is so much to overcome. Fear of rejection and self-doubt are emotions all artists face. Her career in human resources helped Haven appreciate these fundamental insecurities. She understood that more than anything, artists just want the opportunity to show what they can do and be successful at it.
Haven led the way by showing up faithfully to VSA events to support artists and make financial contributions. As a board member she did what needed to be done and inspired others to do the same. VSA Texas is a nonprofit for the arts and the disabled, dependent on grants and donations. Its purpose is to deliver excellent cultural, professional, educational, and public awareness arts services on behalf of disabled communities.
The event on Sunday is free, but there will be opportunities to contribute. “Mystery boxes” will be on sale. Please be as generous as you can. I have included a link to VSA’s donation jar in case you can’t make it November 5 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Should you decide to support VSA at this event, the address is the
Vuka (Event Space)
411 W. Monroe Street
Austin, TX 78704
Join me in honoring Haven Street-Allen, listen to music, view art, share with the artists, and snack on delicious treats. I look forward to seeing you there!
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