During the 2016-17 school year, we expanded our reach to impact a larger footprint of the community, reaching youth and adults across socioeconomic groups from all parts of our city.
Our Annual Report outlines that impact, providing a deep dive into programming outcomes, including numbers served, and results from our post-participation evaluations.
Through our school-based programs, thousands of children built social and emotional skills, while educators gained experience integrating the arts in their classrooms. At our Spark School, Campbell Elementary, we led ongoing professional development for teachers and delivered weekly arts-integrated lessons to each student in and out of school, and 91 percent of teachers say they’ve now learned new arts-based teaching strategies they can use every day.
In our after school programs, which span across 50+ sites, students created art addressing issues like friendship, media literacy, and gentrification through age-appropriate project-based learning activities. As a result, 99 percent of youth said they can now recognize injustice and use art to express their thoughts and feelings.
Our teen students are also learning the value of art in making a social impact. Ninety-six percent of our teens say they now have the tools and language to respond to social justice issues in their community. They put those tools into practice by creating a mural for the local food bank, a film about the effect of immigration (that played on PBS!), and an original performance about the timely issues of sexual harassment and consent.
Through our community programs we engaged elders, toddlers, and families in year-round events and activities in an effort to build community connections and amplify social issues. Highlights included several free Community Art Sundays, seeing the elders in Continuing Creativity share their life stories, and cheering on our adults on the autism spectrum as they developed social skills while making digital media and theatre projects.
We also made impactful strides building our core business practices and company culture to best enact racial equity and inclusion, which launched a refinement of our core values: create community, dream big, stand up, and strive for excellence, as well as an institutionalized practice of ongoing social justice learning for all staff.
To view the full report, visit Our Financials page.