Why community?

We believe it is the social dimension of the arts that makes them so powerful and that makes learning resonate.

In a classroom, our teaching artists first strive to build a community of artists, with shared practices, an artistic language, and a code of respect. But the powerful learning happens when students then apply these arts skills beyond classroom walls, to explore geography, culture, ideas and endeavors.

Imagine... ...your students writing a song that speaks with the voices of the neighborhood. Imagine these words come from interviews with local people… that their opinions are displayed in graphs and pie charts… that understanding

...the import of these voices is part of a study of democracy and civics… that your students record their song and create CD covers… that they perform at a neighborhood institution.

Through this art-making experience, your students have just connected to social studies, English language arts, math, and technology. They’ve had a taste of service learning. They’ve gained career-building skills and been exposed to community resources. But beyond arts blueprint and academic goals, your students have just connected their learning to the world outside. They have discovered their creative expression is a contribution to society.