ArtSmart launched its pilot program at Newark East Side High School in September 2016. Now in our third year, ArtSmart is building on the success of its first two years and has expanded into 10 schools nationwide, serving communities in Newark, Philadelphia, San Francisco and New York City. The first program of its kind, ArtSmart is bringing professionally-taught voice lessons to over 140 students every week, free of charge.
Working with our highly qualified Mentors, these students are receiving a level of music education and mentoring that would not be possible without ArtSmart. Our students have been making strides in musical ability and benefiting from the overall guidance of our Mentors. At the end of each school year, our students participate in a grand end-of-year concert, performing on stage with both peers and professionals. For many of our students, this is their first opportunity of its kind.
After the successful pilot program in Newark, ArtSmart is growing rapidly. We have launched nine additional schools for the 2018-19 school year. We are now a true National program, reaching schools in 4 cities and on both coasts.
We are continuing to expand the program with help from our generous donors. Plans for the 2019-20 school year are underway to increase our locations, number of students, and educational offerings. Our expansion goals include:
Over the long term, ArtSmart has huge goals. We aim to be a driving force of education in the United States for many years to come. For one, we consider ourselves a direct countermeasure to the shrinking arts programs in public schools. Secondly, we are champions of the public performance, believing in the power of live music to bring a community together. Thirdly, we are technocrats, (despite our strong roots in classical tradition) and believe in integrating new technology into proven education techniques.
Just some of our longer-term goals include:
Schools Currently Serviced
Music Lessons Given in 2018-19 (projected)
Schools Serviced through 2019-20 (Projected)
Students Enrolled through 2019-20 (projected)
Music Lessons Given through 2019-20 (projected)
By giving to ArtSmart, not only are you helping to guarantee and expand the program we are currently running, you are also taking a step towards creating an even greater future. With your donation and your voice, together can achieve very real progress towards improving the educational future of our country.