Dr. Cynthia Watkins, associate professor of education, recently took part in the VSA Arts of Tennessee awards ceremony at Dollywood. The VSA Arts is an international non-profit organization founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith to create opportunities for people with disabilities to learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts. The Tennessee affiliate holds a statewide competition for any vocalist or musician under the age of 25 with any form of disability to compete. The top five contestants are invited to perform several pieces, live, on stage at Dollywood. Watkins is a member of the VSA Arts Tennessee board and assisted with the participants and the presentation of awards at Dollywood.