A Reason To Survive (ARTS) Mission:
To ignite the power of creativity in youth, inspiring them to overcome obstacles and providing them with the skills needed to become compassionate catalysts for positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world.
ARTS believes all youth need and deserve opportunities to express themselves and 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.
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.