Our Mission

To actively support and promote the education of the arts through training, performance, exhibition, publication, and other means possible.

 
. . . the arts have been an inseparable part of the human journey; indeed, we depend on the arts to carry us toward the fullness of our humanity. We value them for themselves, and because we do, we believe knowing and practicing them is fundamental to the healthy development of our children’s minds and spirits. That is why, in any civilization - ours included - the arts are inseparable from the very meaning of the term ‘education.’ We know from long experience that no one can claim to be truly educated who lacks basic knowledge and skills in the arts.
— National Standards for Arts Education
 
I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life, a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.
— Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education
 

The Arts Defined for The Purposes of This Corporation

The arts represent an outlet of human, expression, usually influenced by culture, and driven by human creative impulse.Major constituents of the arts include literature – including poetry, novels and short stories, and epics; performing arts – among them music, dance, and theatre; culinary arts; media arts like photography and film, and visual arts – including drawing, painting, and sculpting.

Some art forms combine a visual element with performance (e.g. film) and the written word (e.g. comics).In its most basic abstract definition, art is a documented expression of a sentient being through or on an accessible medium so that anyone can view, hear or experience it. The act itself of producing an expression can also be referred to as a certain art, or as art in general.

Collins English Dictionary defines 'the arts' as "imaginative, creative, and nonscientific branches of knowledge considered collectively, esp. as studied academically".

The singular term art is defined by the Irish Art Encyclopedia as follows: "Art is created when an artist creates a beautiful object or produces a stimulating experience that is considered by his audience to have artistic merit." The same source states, "Art is a global activity which encompasses a host of disciplines, as evidenced by the range of words and phrases which have been invented to describe its various forms. Examples of such phraseology include fine arts, liberal arts, visual arts, decorative arts, applied arts, design, crafts, performing arts, and so on."