ArtsRising is implemented through ArtsZones — areas anchored by schools that are linked integrally to their surrounding neighborhoods and arts resources in the communities and the larger city. ArtsRising has focused on middle schools because it is in these critical years that children fall off track to high school graduation. Research has also proven that learning in and through the arts helps to keep students engaged, improves attendance and helps to foster a love of learning.

Current ArtsZone Hub Schools

What is an ArtsZone?

An ArtsZone is a place where residents commit to the arts as a key tool in keeping youth engaged and successful in and out of school. It is a community where schools consider the arts essential to education and not an optional part of the curriculum. Finally, it is where arts organizations collaborate with neighborhood organizations and schools to increase the role of the arts in the lives of children, youth, families and community. 

The Building Blocks of ArtsZones

Through ArtsZones, ArtsRising engages students, schools and communities in the arts to develop the knowledge and abilities young people need to be successful in school and in life. Four ArtsZones Building Blocks support this work:

  • Arts Integrated Teaching – including learning in the classroom and during out-of-school time for students.
  • Exposure to and Participation in Arts Experiences – for students in school, during out-of-school time and at locations other than the student’s school.
  • Professional Development – activities that build capacity for classroom teachers certified arts teachers and independent and/or organization-based teaching artists.
  • Pathways of Engagement for Families and Neighborhoods – ways for parents and community members to influence policy, advocate for and celebrate the arts and arts education.

ArtsRising guides and monitors the development and implementation providing year round, on-site coordination and technical support.

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Featured Work

Arts Expanding

The Arden Theater Company expands its educational capacity and continues an excellent FREE after-school program for TEENS. Read More.