Our Future

2020 + Beyond

Our vision is to create a hub for creative youth development in the South Bay region of San Diego, anchored in the values found in our mission: to lift young people to become confident, compassionate, and courageous community builders through the transformative power of creativity.

The next few years will be busy and momentous. As we look ahead in 2020, we’re excited about our programmatic development;
the growth of the ARTS team and family; and making the most of new opportunities and partnerships that come our way.
See below for some of the things in store for ARTS!

  • Our 20th anniversary, and another on it’s heels! 

    In 2021, ARTS will celebrate its 20th anniversary: Twenty years in the organizational life of a nonprofit is a lot of years! In thinking about how we’ll mark the occasion, acknowledge our history and accomplishments, the anniversary year will be a celebration of all the people who have shaped ARTS, contributed to and supported its work, and given so much in the way of time and love along the way. Our 20th anniversary will also be a Year of Youth Voices. How many thousands of lives have been impacted by ARTS over two decades? You’ll have to wait and see – to hear those stories from young folks themselves.

  • The Community of Care Network

    In Fall 2019, ARTS and the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) entered into a partnership to launch our Community of Care Network. The intersection of creativity and care has always been at the heart of the work we do at ARTS — and when we became a Live Well San Diego site, it was a natural fit to engage the County. The network will grow in the years ahead, but we’re excited to build it together with an institutional partner like HHSA. The first phase of this partnership includes the following:

    Care Interns
    ARTS hosts HHSA (Health + Human Services Agency) interns — what we call our “Care Interns” — who collaborate with our Teaching Artists to co-design ARTS After School classes, both the curricula as well as the learning spaces where elementary and middle school age youth gather. Care Interns are university students pursuing degrees programs in fields like social work, counseling, and therapy who have chosen to be at ARTS for one academic year.

    HHSA @ ARTS
    County staff members are on-site at ARTS to: 1) supervise Care Interns; 2) provide direct support services to youth and families; and 3) provide mental / behavioral health training, access to educational opportunities to ARTS team and teaching artists.

    Making Sense of the Data
    HHSA’s Public Health staff is supporting measurement and evaluation of ARTS’ 6 Program Design Practices. As a provider of high quality after-school / out-of-school creative arts programming, it made sense for ARTS to adopt these Practices from the Quality Standards of Expanded Learning from the CA Department of Education. Our intention is to build a framework that enables us to create robust learning experiences and environments, then show our outcomes.

    Here are our 6 Program Design Practices:
    Safe, supportive spaces
    Youth voice + leadership
    Healthy choices + behaviors
    Creative skill-building
    Active + engaged learning
    Equity, access, + inclusion

Help Make Our Visions Realities

These big dreams of ours can have lasting impacts for our youth + community. Please consider donating to fund our visions for the future. On our Give page, you can see how much each of these projects costs, and what you can do to help bring them into fruition.

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