Vision

An educational landscape where the arts empower all children to access their full academic, creative, and personal potential.

Mission

To engage children and educators in dynamic, creative, and relevant learning through the arts.

We do this by:

  • Embedding professional teaching artists in public school classrooms to create and demonstrate models of excellence in arts integrated instruction.
  • Increasing the capacity of classroom teachers and teaching artists to deliver arts integrated instruction that builds students’ critical thinking skills, creativity, social emotional intelligence, and joyful engagement in learning.
  • Providing meaningful arts enrichment to families, schools, and community-based programs.
  • Regularly assessing the effectiveness of our programming through ongoing reflection and evaluation that solicits feedback from stakeholders at various levels (i.e. school leaders, teachers, teaching artists, and students).
  • Working in collaboration with local and national organizations to advocate for arts education and broaden the conversation around the definition of student success.

Values

Collaboration: We are a critical collaborator in the arts, culture, and education sectors in order to create greater impact. Collaboration is key to building strong leadership in the field.

Creativity: We value working with imagination and originality of thought and expression. Creativity is crucial across the organization from the classroom to the boardroom.

Sustainability: As a community of lifelong learners, we are committed to the continued evolution of our programming by investing in the development of all our stakeholders. This includes a wide array of deep, ongoing, and lasting learning experiences for our staff, board, teachers, and students. We hold ourselves accountable through a continuous cycle of assessment, reflection, and growth.

Access & Equity: Our commitment to inclusion seeks to provide equitable opportunities for a diverse body of learners, from our classrooms to our board and staff. We work to incorporate the voices that best represent our students and school communities by elevating intersectional perspectives.