About the Fund
Founded in 2016, ArtSmart’s mission is to serve students in under-resourced communities with arts education by paid, professional mentors. Learn more at artsmart.org
ArtSmart exists to create transformative experiences for young individuals, providing them with opportunities, mentorship, and a supportive community through music education. By doing so, ArtSmart aims to empower youth, enhance their well-being, and provide them with a pathway to academic, economic, and emotional stability.
The Six Tenets of ArtSmart:
Access to Education
- ArtSmart recognizes that education is a crucial factor in breaking the cycle of poverty and providing opportunities for a better future. By offering tuition-free music lessons, ArtSmart ensures that youth in under-resourced communities have access to high-quality arts education that they might otherwise be unable to afford.
Empowerment and Personal Growth
- Music mentorship provided by professional artists empowers youth by developing their artistic talents, boosting their self-confidence, and fostering their personal growth. Through music, young individuals can explore their creativity, express themselves, and develop valuable skills such as discipline, perseverance, and teamwork.
Emotional and Mental Well-being
- Music has the power to heal, uplift, and provide solace. In under-resourced communities where young individuals may face various challenges and adversities, ArtSmart recognizes the importance of emotional and mental well-being. Through music mentorship, ArtSmart creates a supportive environment that helps youth cope with stress, build resilience, and find joy and inspiration.
Mentorship and Role Models
- Professional artists serving as mentors offer guidance, support, and inspiration to young individuals. They become positive role models who share their knowledge, experience, and passion for music, helping to shape the aspirations and values of the youth. These mentorship relationships foster a sense of belonging, trust, and community.
- Numerous studies have shown the positive impact of music education on academic performance. ArtSmart’s focus on music mentorship not only cultivates musical talent but also enhances cognitive abilities, improves focus, and develops critical thinking skills. By providing a pathway to academic success, ArtSmart equips young individuals with the tools they need to excel in their education and future endeavors.
Breaking Barriers and Fostering Diversity
- ArtSmart recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in the arts. By actively engaging youth from under-resourced communities, ArtSmart breaks down barriers that prevent equal access to arts education. By nurturing diverse talent, ArtSmart enriches the arts community and ensures that voices from all backgrounds are represented.
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