Our mission is to ignite the power of creativity in youth, inspiring them to overcome obstacles and providing them with the skills needed to become compassionate catalysts for positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world.


At ARTS, we believe that creativity is a powerful tool that can transform the lives of young people and set them up for success. We invest in youth because they are tomorrow’s employers, activists, influencers, parents, and leaders. When young people thrive, the positive effects ripple throughout their families and communities.

ARTS is changing lives through:

  • Arts Education and Creative Skill Building
  • Community Development
  • Support Services for Youth


ARTS comes to life through the energy and enthusiasm of its staff, students, and supporters.


The ARTS Center is a 20,000 square foot space that serves as an anchor institution and hub of community creativity in National City’s emerging arts and culture district.