Our Mission:Creating art with community; creating community through art.
Our Vision:To make the arts accessible to all, and to empower the artist in everyone we work with, everywhere we go.
We believe innovation and transformation cannot occur without imagination, and that every individual's process of creative self-expression is worthy of support and acknowledgement.
We believe in learning, growing and doing better when we know better. Making and sharing art helps us better understand ourselves, one another, and the communities in which we live, work, study and play.
We believe in fostering safer, braver spaces in which people of all ages, abilities and walks of life can find a creative homeplace, and express themselves joyfully, and without fear of judgement.
to the well-being and stability of our community by providing a working model of a non-institutional community art setting that sustains and improves community mental health and social capital.
opportunities for people from all walks of life to make meaning of their experiences and connect with others through constructive, arts based activities in safe, supportive, non-judgemental environments.
positive Self Identities and BUILDS Self-Esteem through acknowledging and celebrating the uniqueness of every individual and their creative accomplishments, reinforcing the value of their work through positive feedback and public exhibitions.
the lives of community members who feel most marginalized by providing them with opportunities to be defined as creators and artists, and not by the challenges they may regularly face.
relationships between community members and organizations by bringing together people who might not otherwise interact, to talk and make art about what matters to them, and to learn about one another and the worlds in which they live.
community driven action through providing people with opportunities to contribute to and collaborate on group art projects and exhibits that acknowledge, examine and address the issues and themes that impact them and their Communities
community members through highlighting skills and knowledge they already possess and providing manageable ways of transmitting those resources to others through workshops, skill shares and studio mentoring.
income to community members through providing them with opportunities to exhibit and sell their artwork and handicraft to the public.
social equity and inclusivity by making the arts accessible for everyone and providing individuals and families who may not have regular access to arts activities and events with regular and ongoing opportunities to participate for free.
cultural vitality through engaging community members in arts activities and community events that broaden their understanding of what art is, who artists are, and how artists make a difference.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President and Chair - Emily Bruusgaard
Vice-President - Steve Longauer
Secretary - Chuyue Wendy Jing
Treasurer - Anthony Grani
Director - Nicky Patel
Director - Lindsay Ranger
Director - Dave Marlowe
Studio Founder, Executive Director, Non Voting Member - Mary Krohnert