Our Mission is to expand children’s access to high-quality visual arts education.

Zoe 

Age 8

2nd/3rd Grade

“Her name is Aka. And she is such a good writer but she can only write in her town because her parents wouldn’t let her out of her town. So Aka writes so much that she gets lifted into the sky and when she is lifted into the sky and she can see the whole world and what is going on so whenever she wants to see what is going on she can drop down a little and that’s how she can see what is happening and that is how she writes stories about her world and not just her town.

What We Do

We offer free and low-cost curriculum options that:

  • embrace authentic student expression
  • showcase diverse artists and experiences
  • are comprehensive, and easy to implement
  • are aligned to college-and career ready standards
  • are connected to themes and topics commonly taught in literacy, science, social studies, and math curricula.

Why We Do It

There are an increasing number of studies showing the potential for arts in schools to be a force for positive change. 

For example, the government program Turnaround Arts worked to get art in the lowest performing 5% of schools. After three years, they found an average 22.55% increase in math and a 12.62% improvement in reading proficiency. Additionally, there was a marked reduction in behavioral problems and attendance issues. A school in New Orleans reported a 51.32% reduction in overall suspensions, and a 81.13% reduction in in-school suspensions

Yet, paradoxically, the nation’s public schools are on a downward trend in terms of providing students meaningful access to the arts. Some statistics suggest that fewer than half of adults report having participated in arts lessons or classes in school—a decline from about 65% in the 1980s.  

How We Add Value

Too much art education revolves around projects that focus on product and not on process, erasing student individuality. Our curriculum is designed to allow students to tell their own stories and to create highly individual art projects. This creates a more engaging, but also more complex and challenging, environment where students learn to solve their own creative problems rather than copying an example. 

At the same time, our curricula structures content so that the skills students learn can be transferred and support other subject areas by emphasizing opportunities for critical thinking, group discussion, and student presentations. Because we align content to common themes and subjects, we support deeper understanding and engagement around subjects taught in the classroom

What We’ve Been Doing for 5 Years:

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