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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education

Mission: Provides participatory and standards-based arts education for young people, primarily in public schools

Results: Since our founding in 1965, we have seen the undeniable impact the arts have brought to our kids through their astonishing personal growth, joy and pride. In all, over 200,000 of our city's children have participated directly in the arts through our hardworking organization: over 7,000 kids in 2009 alone. We could not be happier to see, to engage and to manage programs that make our kids better use their creative abilities and thinking in all aspects of their lives. Now, and with adulthood in sight.

Target demographics: Our artists-in-residence and afterschool programs are for K-12 students in San Francisco public schools. Our summer camps and musical theater programs are for students 9 to 15.

Programs: Artist-in-residence, primarily elementary and middle school students, 7,000+ annually After-school enrichment programs, ages 5-14, 100-300 annually Summer arts camp, ages 5-14, 400-600 annually Mentorships--Internships/Apprenticeships, high school and college age students Players, musical theatre troupe, ages 9-15, 30-65 annually Visual arts exhibitions, ages 5-18

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

SFArtsEd is a wonderful organization dedicated to keeping art alive in young people. I got involved when I saw my best friends daughter blossom under their musical theater program, and stayed involved once I grew to know more about the artists in residence they programming they provide in our public schools. San Francisco Kids deserve to have art in their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son has been going to the SF Arts Ed summer camp for three years and is beginning his third year as one of the SF Arts Ed Players. This organization has helped him tremendously. They provide great programs that have helped him develop his acting, dancing, and singing capabilities. The work they do with the kids, their dedication, and passion is amazing. My son has learned and developed so much that it is difficult to express my gratitude.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter attended the Broadway Bound over this past summer and now is in the Players program. She loved the summer program and loves the Players program - I could not believe it was my kid who was so poised up on the stage during the Carousel production last summer (2010). While she has been in other theater programs when younger, this program is so much more professional in its vision and expectations for the kids involved. While I don't expect her to go on to pursue the theater when older, the skills she learns here - poise, confidence, working as a team - will help her in any profession. And, hopefully she will develop a lifelong love of live performances.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity All I planned to do was sign my daughter up for summer camp. An arts camp where she would learn visual arts like painting and drawing, do some dancing and singing. But what I received was a daughter who blossomed into a lover of the performing arts. SFArtsEd has nurtured my daughter for 5 years now. She performs on stage. She loves to sing and dance and the self esteem that has grown in here can not be understated. The teachers are professional performaers who have high standards and have encouraged my child to aim high, work toward her personnel best, practice and put the effort into what you love. We can not recommend this organization high!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I everyone understands the impact of performing arts, especially on the lives of kids who have challenges in the social standing, for whatever reason. As my niece said, once she faced her fear, got up on the stage, and sang her song, she knew there was NOTHING SHE COULDN'T DO! What else gives kids that feeling? My daughter loved this camp and has counted the days until her return for the fall session. I am impressed (coming from a theater family) by the extreme professionalism of the staff. I love that they demand such a high level of commitment from the participants. This is what life is all about.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SF ArtsEd is one of the most inspiring arts education programs I have ever seen. The consistent level of performance of very complex content by these kids is astounding. I have literally seen formally shy and reticent children beaming with pride and self-confidence after completing a performance. Having mid-career artists mentor and teach these kids opens a whole new world of exploration and possibility. Kudos!

Board Member

Rating: 5

i have had the honor of being involved with this organization since i first volunteered in 1986. the impact they have on the lives of young people is unparalleled. they create a bridge from the highest quality mid-career artists to the children of SF at every economic level through year long in-school residencies, a phenomenal musical theater troupe, summer camp and after school programs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SFARTSed is providing the highest quality arts education in the city of San Francisco. A model for effective non-profit partnerships within public education!

Former staff

Rating: 5

I first came in contact with San Francisco Arts Education Project when I was born! I have worked with Emily Keeler, my mother, and other wonderful such artists. They do amazing things for the young people of this world. I would not be the same person I am today had it not been for these great people! Not only were they a great organization but they led me to other important job opportunities. One fond memory i have with them is when I discovered for the first time I could sing and I was 9 years old, today I am involved in a professional choir here in LA and it is all thanks to them!!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became aware of San Francisco Arts Education Project more than 15 years ago as a funder supporting non-profits serving Bay Area youth. I immediately valued the organizations model as a connector between the artistic community and children, as well as the depth and breadth of arts and artists the children were given access to. Later as a parent, I saw first hand the invaluable gift of art and its effects on my daughter and the other children in ArtSummer and The Players musical theatre group - the fun, the engagement, hard work, and pride for all they accomplish. SFArtsED is a rare and extraordinary organization that I'm proud to be affiliated with.