Some say that art is everywhere. But high quality arts education isn’t in every young person’s life.
Performing Arts Workshop is a more than 50-year-old nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, CA. It all started in the 1950s when Gloria Unti created an electrifying, no-holds-barred creative workshop for gang members, “juvenile delinquents,” and high school dropouts.
We’ve come a long way since our days as a neighborhood project:
- Over 4,000 at-risk students take our creative writing, creative movement, world dance, and theatre arts classes, in school and after school, each year.
- We are one of the few nonprofits in the country awarded multiple federal grants to study our program’s effectiveness as a model for others. Those research projects prove that students who participate in our programs perform better in school, develop critical thinking skills, and are more engaged in learning.
- We are one of the few arts education organizations that play a prominent and leading role in local, regional, and federal advocacy efforts. In March, our staff went to the California State Capitol for a day of lobbying in support of arts education.
Nothing should stand in the way between a child and a well-rounded education. With your help, we can be in schools, community centers, and juvenile detention centers, year after year, no matter what’s happening in D.C. or in closed-door budget talks.
PHOTO: ROBYN NAVARRO