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Established by Executive Order No. 17 in 1973, the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities functions as a liaison between the disability community and City Government, and works collaboratively with other agencies to assure that the rights and needs of people with disabilities are included in all City initiatives. The office is responsible for developing City policies concerning people with disabilities, overseeing and assisting in implementation of City compliance with laws recognizing rights of people with disabilities, providing information on disability-related matters and housing referrals, and advises the Department of Buildings on the implementation of Building Code accessibility provisions (Local Law 58).

City of New York Michael R. Bloomberg Mayor

Dear Friends,

New York is the world’s most diverse city and its artistic capital. This combination is no coincidence—our residents’ varied backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences help to inspire and inform the incredible works of art that bring life to our galleries, museums, and theaters. This calendar, a unique collaboration between VSA arts and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), highlights the relationship between our artists’ unique backgrounds and their powerful work.

Since its founding by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith more than three decades ago, VSA arts has helped people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts, and this calendar is a terrific example of the work they have

done for so many people in New York City and far beyond. We commend Dr. Bebe Bernstein, executive director of the VSA arts of New York City affiliate, and all those who have made possible this collection of bold, vibrant, engaging art.

On behalf of the City of New York, we hope that the days in this calendar are filled with success for all those associated with VSA arts and MOPD.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,

Soula Antoniou President VSA arts

Michael R. Bloomberg Mayor

VSA arts is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. VSA arts provides educators, parents, and artists with resources and the tools to support arts programming in schools and communities. VSA arts showcases the accomplishments of artists with disabilities and promotes increased access to the arts for people with disabilities. Each year millions of people participate in VSA arts programs through a nationwide network of affiliates and in 55 countries around the world. VSA arts is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit www.vsarts.org or call 1-800-933-8721.

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