- Christian Leon
*** Reimagining Normal Blog By Ivonne Chand O'Neal, PhD. Muse Research ***
Our Mission at Art=Opportunity is to ensure that all children have access to learn in, with and through the arts. Our own research of CSUSM college students identifies social equity factors that play into college preparedness and success. We recognize that there are significant social inequality in our society and understand there is much work to be done to create a equal playing field for all children.
The Black Lives Matter movement is a movement that we not only believe in, but stand for. Social equity in arts education starts with social equity in society.
Check out these Black Lives Matter resources!!
Don't miss out on the amazing work featured on our website by Jake Northington where he uses photo books to address the social justice issue that Black people face on a daily basis.
To further our knowledge and understanding of racisim and discrimination in the arts and culture sector we commited to the #ArtsGoBlack Pledge as part of our commitment we attended webinar trainings and viewed more critically the ways in which we can further support communities and artist of color through our organization. We have amended our mission statement, policies, and diversity within our organaization to reflect and support the communities that we serve. Here is our Pledge .
The following poem was written by Keiana a high school student from the transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project. We always say that art gives students a voice to tell their stories and Keiana's poem is the perfect example of that. The poem not only brings to life the feelings, thoughts and experiences that Keiana has experienced firsthand, but also brings to life what many people in the Black Community have firsthand experienced themselves.
Our Mission at Art=Opportunity is to ensure that all children have access to learn in, with and through the arts. Our own research of CSUSM college students identifies social equity factors that play into college preparedness and success. We recognize that there is significant social inequality in our society and understand there is much work to be done to create an equal playing field for all children. Our nonprofit organization works at creating an equal playing field for students by educating teachers/future teachers, parents, and school administrators about the importance of arts education for all students. We do this by providing various resources to the public throughout the year such as access to open source research that supports arts education, creative youth development as well as college and career pathways for youth engaged in the arts, literacy residencies, boot camps and workshops on arts integration, and more.
To learn more about our movement, explore our website, use our tools, follow us on social media and stay connected through our upcoming events!
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