As a result of A4L programming, children have the opportunity to grow up with the arts in different venues and times in their lives. At the core of A4L’s programming is the engagement of children in the creative art making process, be it via dance, music, theatre, creative writing, design, animation, or visual art. A4L strives to meet children where they are at, partnering with the community to reach children in schools, preschools, and afterschool programs.
A4L’s programs create the habits of mind needed for success in school and life.
Through deep engagement in the arts and the creative process, children develop essential skills including creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills, as well as social emotional skills.
We work to:
- Improve developmental outcomes for children and youth through the arts at all stages and ages so they can thrive
- Remove any barriers that prevent children from having access to hands-on arts learning
- Build a foundation where all children in the community can grow up with the arts
- Democratize the arts so that every student can feel that the arts are for them
Children and youth served
Arts classes provided
Amazing Teaching Artists
working to make it possible
Years of programming
High school internships
in the arts provided
“We have a student that is extremely shy. She was quiet and reluctant to participate in activities that involve body movement or speaking to the rest of the group. She has become comfortable with herself, where she no longer needs encouragement to join these activities.”
“I’ve come out of my shell and allowed myself to take chances. This program is something that I feel will help me in the future. This program has not only helped me academically, but outside of this, I now have friends and supporters that encourage me and help me find my way.”
“Just as my other experiences with Arts for Learning, I have emerged a better artist with so many improved workforce skills after completing this internship program. I am especially grateful to have had this outlet for creative collaboration during such a difficult time in the world. I am so thankful to have been part of this amazing experience with such talented people and incredible teachers. I love A4L, and couldn’t imagine where I would be without them.”
“I wanted to let you know that Olivia has benefited greatly from her work with Arts for Learning, especially last summer’s internship. Spending hours per week putting together her work for the Art Show helped her to focus on developing a unique design style. This year she has been rewarded by these efforts with a Scholastic Arts & Writing Gold Key Award and she was chosen to receive a full summer pre-college scholarship as part of the Young Designer Scholarship Fund by The de la Cruz Collection. Additionally, her design work was selected by OUTshine LBGTQ Film Festival through a contest at her school.”