“For the 20 junior students, first period theater was more than a class or a credit on a transcript. It was a safe place: a place of free expression, of high expectations, a place to be and to better oneself, a place of learning and of hope.” -High School Principal
Now in its 16th year, The Hope Project provides mindful arts education to 9 schools/organizations, reaching over 1,000 students, ages 2-99 years. Diverse populations are served in the program – school children ages 2-18, homeless youth, the elderly, physically and intellectually disabled children, and veterans.
The Hope Project teaching artists, dedicated individuals who are passionate about sharing their artistic gifts, are the lifeblood of the program. Each teaching artist works closely with their students, combining art instruction and art making, while integrating life skills. The goal of The Hope Project is not to create professional artists, but rather to create creative citizens who learn teamwork, compassion, communication, respect for diversity, and problem-solving abilities that are essential to the success of growing communities and businesses.
The Hope Project 2017-2018 community partners include:
The Branch Enrichment Program
Students in grades 1-5 receive theater, music and dance classes.
Brookdale Senior Living Solutions
Senior citizens receive movement and theater classes.
Browning Elementary School
Students in grades K-5 receive dance, music, and theater classes.
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory High School
Students receive music classes.
Generation One Academy
Students age 2-6 receive theater and dance classes.
House of Tiny Treasures
Children ages 18 months-6 years receive creative movement classes.
Small Steps Nurturing Center
Children ages 2-5 years receive creative movement classes.
Smartie Pants Academy Center
Children ages 2-15 years receive creative movement classes.
Vets Resource Center, Drumming Workshop
ππVeterans receive a weekly drumming class.