ARTS-Us is a community-based 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1992 by a group of African American artists, and multicultural educators.
Using the experience of the African American culture at its core and collaborating with artist, educators, and communities of other backgrounds and cultures, ARTS-Us offers “edutainment” programs to schools, business and community environments. ARTS-Us offers workshops, cultural performances, art and art resources for educators, students, community business and civic organizations.
The work of ARTS-Us nurtures a supportive and enriched environment for east metro area youth -- particularly for those of African descent – by combining academic, enrichment, cultural, and recreational activities to guide learning and engage youth. The programs provide opportunities for exposure, instruction, mentoring and service learning in a rich range of African Diaspora arts & culture.
The mission of ARTS-Us is to develop young leaders, in and through the arts.
We do this by:
-Providing high quality African Diaspora arts programs for youth to help them develop knowledge and skills in the arts: for appreciation and expression, and for building high academic achievement and community leadership.
-Working with artists and educators to infuse the arts and culture into classroom curricula, and to encourage increased student of color participation and achievement in learning.
-Engaging the broad community to promote and celebrate the growth, achievement and leadership of youth of color -- in and through the arts.