Welcome to  Arts for ALL! 



Thankfully we have a very controllable environment, so here's how we'd like to move forward with private music lessons beginning Monday, June 1st:


1. Adjusting lesson times, so that there is a minimum 15 minute gap between students (or families) to sanitize & refresh - also to minimize contact with others.  You can also continue web-based lessons..


2. Face masks: I and any other RAAFA rep will be wearing a mask for private lessons, with the exception of voice lessons and other activities where we will be able to distance safely in the large front space.  We will continue this precaution until advised by our local health authorities to ease the practice.  Students are not required to wear masks.


3.  If you or your child are symptomatic - please stay home and take care of yourself.  If you have paid ahead for the lesson, you will be refunded or may carry your balance forward.  



We have decided to re-calibrate our summer programming to better serve our community, and respect pandemic guidelines.

We are cancelling summer camps and converting them to weekly FREE classes.  Space will be limited, to maintain reasonable distancing and you can reserve a seat on a weekly basis.  Please share this information with anyone you know that may benefit from a free arts class this summer.

We are located in Cornelius, NC.  We offer private music lessons and art classes, for young and old.
We also have a blooming theatre program, in partnership with local theater venues. Our mission is that believing in the power of the artistic process to build self-worth and develop empathy for our neighbors, Arts for All fosters community growth through foundational arts instruction and service to teachers.  More importantly, we are expanding on those precepts through our Non-Profit Arts 501(c)3 Corporation. 


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.

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

Make Art – Here’s how we’re doing it!

Serving  Teachers:

-Professional Development (Continuing Education Units)

-Enrichment Experiences

-Teacher’s Playwriting Festival – Labor Day Weekend

- Supply Drives

- Support Network

-Private Teacher Training (Certification Program)

Serving Students:

-Art Classes

-Private Lessons

-One-on-one Mentorship & Internships

-Scholarship Fund


Serving our Community-
Summer Public Art Project:

“Senior Art Walk”
Accessible Performances

Service Projects




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.)


Volunteers: We always need help! Please call us for volunteer or internship-for-credit opportunities.


[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.