With data showing that arts learning significantly improves educational outcomes for youth, Arts Corps directly addresses a critical opportunity gap in a region where race is the greatest determining factor in access to arts education. Through Arts Corps, young people develop their creative capacities in imagination, critical thinking and discipline. Trends show that Arts Corps students’ also attend school more often and test better in reading and math. A corps of teaching artists meet students where they are, filling schools and youth-serving organizations in low income communities of color with engaging yearlong classes in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and poetry.
Founded in 2000, Arts Corps now reaches over 2,500 K-12 students each year. 2012 also marks the launch of two major new initiatives: Creative Schools Initiative that builds a whole schools model for middle school arts integration and their Artists in Service AmeriCorps program, bringing artists into the national service movement as called for by President Obama.