Mission: The Art Expression Inc. mission is to facilitate positive socialization through expressive art activities and provide academic enrichment in an inclusive educational environment.
Results: Who Are We? Art Expression, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that was founded by James and Angela Lowden in 2001 as an expression of their passion for alleviating the social inequalities that exist among children of different abilities. It is a fully inclusive, after-school program that focuses on developing the social skills of children through art in the Pittsburgh area. Mission Statement: "To facilitate positive socialization with children and adolescents through expressive art activities in an inclusive educational environment." Who Do We Serve? Since founding Art Expression, Inc. the organization has served over 5,000 children in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. Some of our partners include: School Districts Allegheny Valley School District Central Greene School District Charleroi School District Chartiers Valley School District Frazier School District Greensburg Salem School District Keystone Oaks School District Laurel Highlands School District Mt. Lebanon School District South Allegheny School District Trinity Area School District Wilkinsburg School District Woodland Hills School District Community Organizations Carnegie Library of Homestead East End United Community Center, Uniontown Homeless Children's Education Fund Military Family Network Operation Military Kids Awards and Recognition 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP) Finalist Art Expression, Inc. was chosen as one of 50 finalists distinguishing the program as one of the top arts- and humanities- based programs in the country. Art Expression, Inc. has received a 2013 NAHYP Award Certificate of Excellence. American Association of School Administrators & American Art Therapy Association 2011 Model Art Therapy Programs in K-12 Schools. Program Goals The goals of Art Expression, Inc. are as follows : Increase self-esteem and creative self-expression as evidenced by participants' ability to express and verbalize their feelings Enhance social skills as evidenced by age-appropriate skills including ability to observe personal space of others, ability to share materials, ability to listen reflectively and comment positively on projects and ideas of other participants Improve problem-solving skills as evidenced by participants’ ability to identify and communicate a problem, develop a solution, seek assistance if needed, and evaluate the outcome Improve frustration tolerance as evidenced by participant ability to apply problem-solving skills Establish independence as evidenced by participants' ability to present themselves in an appropriate manner Provide the social skills and tools necessary to participants to support themselves or others when being bullied Provide a program to participants which supports academic core standards
Target demographics: improve social skills and provide academic enrichment through art in an inclusive educational environment..
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1,000 students.
Geographic areas served: schools, homeless shelters and community organizations
Programs: Creative pARTners, From the HeART, ARTchitecture: Building Bridges, ARTmosphere: Weather, EcoSmART, StART Growing, and ARTS in Motion.