Help us impact students by creating a forum to navigate life's increasing challenges; to find their voice in dealing with issues like rage, fear or frustration; and channel that energy into self-expression and self-confidence.
From Charles Goforth, Director of Compass Needle:
Developing Artists shows me what I wish I'd gotten more of in my training. To be shown that my artistic raw material is my personal experience precisely because it is mine, because it is true for me and besides it's all I've got. If a young artist can absorb this early on from the challenges of real expression, and can own it through practice, then the techniques they master later will serve their artistry instead of becoming "credentials." Developing Artists insists that every kid stake his or her own artistic claim, by training them as professionals and teaching them to practice accountability to what they believe. What could be more important?
Roberta Casagrande-Kim (Parent of DA Student):
I went today to parents-teachers class and his ELA teacher was enthusiastic about his huge improvements in writing and his new enthusiasm for it (today apparently he asked to write a creative piece and then performed in class.... unheard of!). I really think I have Developing Artists to thank for this!
First Lady, Michelle Obama:
Arts education isn't something we add on after we've achieved other priorities, like raising test scores and getting kids into college. It's actually critical for achieving those priorities in the first place.