Happy Thanksgiving from ARTS

A Note of Gratitude

We are thankful for all of the members of the ARTS family!Our Students – who inspire us every day with their creativity, resilience, and tenacity
Our Staff – for their passion, dedication, and unwavering commitment to the students
Our Volunteers – who give so selflessly of their time to bring smiles and joy to our students
Our Donors – who generously contribute to help us achieve our mission and vision
Our Partners – who collaborate to deepen the impact and experiences for our students in a variety of waysAt ARTS we have an attitude of gratitude for all the members of the ARTS family. It’s the PEOPLE that make the magic happen at ARTS – all of us play an integral role in making the “ARTS Experience” so impactful on the students we serve. Thank you for the role you play in transforming the lives of youth through the arts and creativity!

ARTS Center Campus
Saturday December 12th
Come celebrate with us and enjoy:
~ Public art unveiling
~ ARTS Marketplace with one of a kind holiday gifts
~ Free art workshops
~ Delicious food from Guerrero food truck
~ Performances by Art of Elan, ARTS Ensemble, ARTS Rock Band and trancenDANCE

Please consider making a tax-deductible year-end donation today, so we can continue to provide healing, inspiring and empowering arts programs.

Thank you for your gracious support.

Happy Thanksgiving from your ARTS family!

ARTS Development Dept: Open Positions

We are looking to fill the following positions:

Database Specialist – Position Filled
The Database Specialist is an experienced, energetic and talented professional who contributes to A Reason To Survive (ARTS) by utilizing their database management and analysis skills to connect the Program, Operation and Development Departments.

Grants Manager Position Filled
The Grants Manager will research and write public and private grant proposals and reports, take a leadership role in integrating grants into strategic fundraising goals, oversee grant & report submission schedules and manage the grants database.

Individual Gifts Manager
The primary responsibility of the Individual Giving Manager is to develop and implement strategies for solicitation that will grow annual revenue from individuals. Read more

Join the ARTS Family: Become a Muse

What is a Muse?

A Muse is a vital source of inspiration and sustenance for a creative artist.

Become an ARTS Muse Sustaining Member and partner with ARTS to provide youth with therapeutic arts (Heal), arts education (Inspire) and creative life and career preparation (Empower).

Secure, automatic withdrawals from your debit or credit card make it easy to give monthly, quarterly or annually.

Your gift will enable us to provide the following and more:

  • $10/month ($120/annually) supports a week of after school snacks for 300 students!
  • $25/month ($300/annually) supports three Saturday Guest Artist Workshops for middle and high school youth!
  • $50/month ($600/annually) supports 12 field trips for youth attending cultural and educational experiences throughout San Diego County!
  • $100/month ($1,200/annually) provides a 6-month paid apprenticeship for a high school student with a professional artist!
  • $250/month ($3,000/annually) provides 8 Alumni teaching artists positions for a quarter!

We will be honored to recognize you as an ARTS Muse Sustaining Member in t­he ARTS e-newsletter and website, and in the ARTS Annual Report.

For more information, visit our Support ARTS page.

Americans For The Arts: Meet The Arts Education Network Team

Matt D’Arrigo

Founder and CEO, A Reason To Survive | ARTS

Matt D’Arrigo is Founder and CEO of A Reason To Survive | ARTS, a nationally recognized non-profit agency dedicated to changing the life trajectory of youth facing adversity through the arts andcreativity. In addition to national media coverage, D’Arrigo’s work has been the subject of the Academy Award winning documentary “Inocente”, featured in the New York Times bestselling book “Decisive” by Chip and Dan Heath, and profiled in Darius Graham’s book “Being the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the World”. D’Arrigo also speaks, advocates, and advises on arts education, the use of the arts as a prevention and intervention vehicle, the power and importance of creativity, and starting and leading non-profits. D’Arrigo lives in San Diego with his wife, Hulya, and children Tessa and Andrew.

Original Article

Something To Say: Creative Youth Development


Local leaders in the arena of youth and the arts, including Matt D’Arrigo of A Reason To Survive are hosting San Diego’s first Creative Youth Development Summit on February 4.  The theme: Something To Say, highlights the results of a ground-breaking Wallace Foundation Report on the benefits creative youth development programs have on individuals and the community.

The goal of the Summit is to strengthen the availability of creative youth activities in our community’s after-school programs and other informal learning settings.

Along with A Reason To Survive, Summit collaborators include the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, Young Audiences, and Playwrights Project.

Featured speakers include San Diego’s own Denise Montgomery, a MacAurthur Fellowship Winner and co-author of The Wallace Foundation’s Report Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs from Urban Youth and Other Experts, and Bill Strickland, founder of Pittsburgh’s Manchester Bidwell Corporation.

ARTS Featured on The Today Show!

The TODAY SHOW filmed at ARTS and will be featured on Tuesday, December 31!

Click here to watch this very special segment!

To inquire about original or commissioned artwork:

Kyle Bowen: www.artworkbykylebowen.com
Hannah Bowen: www.facebook.com/HannahRoseArts
Tashia Williams: http://tashiawilliams.weebly.com/index.html

To book a musical performance please contact:

Deejay Rich & Diego Rodriguez: https://www.facebook.com/AllWinterLong


Creating The Movement!

ARTS Founder Matt D’Arrigo was honored to be a featured speaker at the TEDx San Diego event on Saturday, December 14th.

Cutting the arts – and arts education – out of schools is one of the truest forms of identity theft.

Watch the Talk here: What’s Next? Art a Force for Change: Matt D’Arrigo at TEDxSanDiego

Join the ARTS movement to ensure that ALL kids have the opportunity, the ability, and the resources needed to engage and to use the power of arts to find their own identities and change their lives for the better.

– Matt D’Arrigo


First Lady Michelle Obama Agrees on the Importance of the Arts for Youth

We applaud the statement of support by First Lady Michelle Obama.

“The arts are especially important for young people. Every day they engage in the arts, they learn to open their imaginations and dream just a little bigger and to strive every day to reach those dreams.”


and help the thousands of other youth overcoming their own challenges through the arts!