top of page

Welcome to

We opened our studio in 2017, with the vision to use fine arts as a vehicle for positive change in our community.  To make the unseen feel visible, to promote dignity and self worth.  We sought to connect humans though shared engagements - and effectively promote upward mobility.  To love and serve others above ourselves.

What We Need & How You Can Help!

Monthly Operating Needs:



Teacher Projects:

 $50 covers the cost of one teacher to attend an Enrichment Experience with Continuing Education credit.



$100 covers one month of private music lessons/mentorship or one semester of one art/theatre class per student. 


Community Projects:    

$2,000 provides one semester long class, complete with art walk for 40 senior residents.
$3,000 covers production costs for a community theater project


Non-Cash donations: 

We are collecting music instruments for repair & distribution to students each Fall.

                We are collecting gift cards to chain retailers (Target, Wal-Mart, Starbucks, AC Moore, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, etc.)

Arts for All is committed to addressing the greatest barriers of success through investment in teachers, students, and our community.

Did You Know…

●        Charlotte-Area youth are experiencing crises of mental health[i] and upward mobility.

●        Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among Americans ages 10-24.[ii]

●        Since 1999, 8,830 children have been exposed to gun violence in NC schools.[iii]

●        Only one in four NC students born into poverty will reach a middle- or upper-income level as adults.[iv]

●        We know that involvement in the arts improves:

o   Individual health

o   Psychological well-being

o   Skills, cultural capital, and creativity[v]


●        At age 13, Louis Armstrong was sent to juvenile detention for shooting a gun. It was there, in 1913, that he was introduced to the coronet, and the rest is history.[vi]

●        People who work in helping professions (teachers, nurses, etc.) are the least likely to engage in self-care, and the most at risk for self harm.

●        According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, about 16% of teachers nationwide are forced to work a second job outside of the school system.  In North Carolina, however, that number is closer to 25%, and leaps to 52% when you include those who work a second job within the school system to make ends meet.

●        According to reports[vii] by the Foundation for the Carolinas, the mental health and upward mobility concerns our local students are facing can and should be addressed through teacher investment and arts education.


[i] Jonathan Scott, “NAVIGATING THE MAZE: An Assessment of Mental Health Resources for Children and Adolescents in Charlotte-Mecklenburg,” Foundation for the Carolinas, 2017.

[ii] Parent Resource Program, The Jason Foundation, 2016.

[iii] John Woodrow Cox, Steven Rich, Allyson Chiu, John Muyskens, and Monica Ulomanu, “More than 215,000 Students have Experienced Gun Violence Since 1999,” The Washington Post, May 25, 2018.

[iv] Jane Stancil, “Report Says Upward Mobility is Worse in NC than in US,” News & Observer, April 6, 2016.

[v] Joshua Guetzkow, “How the Arts Impact Communities: An Introduction to the Literature on Arts Impact Studies.” Taking the Measure of Culture Conference, Princeton University, June 7-8, 2002.

[vi] James Karst, “Our Times: The Louis Armstrong Arrest that no one Knew About,” The Times-Picayune, March 18, 2018.

[vii] Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force, “Leading on Opportunity: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Report,” Foundation for the Carolinas, 2017.


bottom of page