Mission: There is growing recognition that children who learn to think creatively, problem solve, and work as a team have a greater chance of future success. In the 21st century, many argue that the new basic skill for global competitiveness and individual fulfillment will be creativity. Research has shown that using the arts for learning provides the best way to encourage higher level critical thinking by taking what students hear, see and/or read, and using music, dance, visual art, drama, film making or other arts disciplines to create new learning. Arts Partners' artists bring the "leveraged learning" process to reading, writing, math, science, social studies: all the core subject areas. This "leveraged learning" effect is even more profound in "at-risk" students. Because we believe that creative minds make communities better, Arts Partners is dedicated to providing opportunities for all students from early childhood through high school to learn in the arts and through the arts.
I was fortunate to be on the founding board of Arts Partners and have truly loved the experience and challenge starting a new non-profit. Over the years, so many students have been able to learn a different way from "normal". I only wish Arts Partners had been around when I was in school. I truly needed the kind of learning that is offered through Arts Partners. Wichita is so lucky to have a chapter in our community and we're so, so lucky to have such fabulous leaders that make this organization so important.
I was very impressed when I visited a school and saw the program in action. The quilt display was colorful, creative, and most definately comprise the learning with art. Each child created a design which included percentage of each color. What a wonderful way to teach children to see math fun and every day
As a former teacher / counselor I realize the importance of arts in the schools. This organization helps bridge the gap for those programs that are being lost to budget cuts and funding. This is a well run vital nonprofit and Wichita and surrounding schools are so fortunate to have them as a resource .