A Reason To Survive (ARTS) is dedicated to providing, supporting, and advocating for arts programs that heal, inspire, and empower youth facing adversity.

Upcoming Events

  1. End of Fall Quarter

    December 11
  2. Holiday Open House

    December 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  3. ARTS Clean-Up Week

    December 14 - December 18
  4. ARTS Center – Limited Hours

    December 18, 2015 - January 3, 2016
  5. Volunteer Orientation

    December 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

ARTS believes all individuals need and deserve opportunities to define who they are in order to live healthy, resilient and fulfilled lives, which in turn creates healthy and vibrant communities.

We believe that the arts and creativity, through guided mentorships, is the most powerful vehicle for youth to discover their creative selves and purpose. Through the arts, our programs build hope, self-confidence, resiliency, 21st century life and work skills; and increase academic scores, leadership and civic engagement.


An evolving and welcoming work of art.


Transforming communities through arts-based projects.


Do what we do and create a movement.

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What We Do

Through a variety of mediums, approaches, and environments, ARTS meets youth “where they are” emotionally, socially, developmentally, and artistically.

We have created a long-term sequential program model based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. We offer 3 core programs, each with unique approaches and outcomes to ensure youth are receiving the support, direction, and opportunities needed to succeed. All programs are taught by professional artists and arts educators. A dedicated social work team supports youth throughout their journey from crisis intervention to college and career counseling.

How We Do It

ARTS reaches the goals of their core programs by offering a variety of services to our students and community.

The ARTS Center Campus is a “3rd Place” dedicated to multidisciplinary arts for students to engage in after school and on weekends. Our Community Revitalization projects engage youth in the transformation of their own communities through arts-based projects. Finally, ARTS Enterprises consist of arts-based businesses employing student apprentices, teaching real world job skills and providing quality products and services to the community.



Therapeutic Arts



Arts Education



Creative Life & Career Preparation

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Community Revitalization

Transforming Communities


ARTS Center Campus

Model in Action


ARTS Enterprises

Real-World Job Skills

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Our Impact

ARTS is helping me to achieve my goals and dreams of being successful as an artist by opening doorways, windows and pathways, making it easy for everything to come together in amazing ways. It’s like living in a book that keeps getting better and better!
Kyle, age 23


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Students Annually
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