This program is designed to provide art workshops to inner-city
schools and community centers that lack the resources to have these
integrated in their regular curriculum. The opportunity to receive arts
education is central to the development and preservation of uniquely
diverse cultures around the world, and there is not better place to
start than home.
When implemented in public schools, art helps raise
self-confidence while creating problem solving skills and communication.
Unlike math and reading, when children create art they are always
successful because there is no right or wrong in art. This gives
students a sense of achievement and success, raising their academic
self-confidence. Art teaches children to build social and
problem-solving skills, and helps them recognize and express their
emotions. Art focuses on transforming internal thoughts into external
images, words or sounds creating a superior way for children to learn to
communicate effectively. Studies show that the cognitive skills and
spatial reasoning that art offers are essential for math. The
communication of art often helps children become more successful in
language classes. When a student becomes involved in an art program, the
drop out rate dramatically decreases. Art is an exciting and fun way
for students to feel more successful in school.
By working with volunteers who donate a few hours of their time,
our program also helps to get people involved and change the way in
which community members, teachers and families see the potential of
youth. Working inside schools and community centers, our workshops give
children a safe place to learn, grow and explore in an environment where
children are treated with care, respect and understanding. Workshops
use the mediums of painting, drawing, montage, sculpture, dance,
singing/rap, theater, music, reading, writing, gardening and any other
practices that allow for creation and self-expression.
We rely on
the donation of art supplies for these programs, since we serve
low-income areas where schools and centers do not have the capacity to
provide art programs or supplies.