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:
$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.
$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
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.