Our organization

ARTS by the People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to establish, operate, promote, and conduct educational programs, opportunities, classes, and sessions in the creative arts for the public, especially seniors and youth.

Our goal is to empower individuals through collaborative acts of self-expression.

We believe that self-awareness and communication come forth in shared creative acts and that the arts offer universal benefits for people of all ages and backgrounds. Exposure through a diverse range of creative mediums can reach individuals and build communities of small interest groups or generate intergenerational connections. It is our belief that the arts can also bridge social divisions and strengthen understanding, collaboration and acceptance in communities of diversity and need. Our programs are run by talented teaching artists who are experts in their fields. With public support, we are able to keep our programs free for our participants. We believe that the arts should be available and accessible to all.

We offer over 60 monthly classes and workshops at various locations

including studios, public schools, bookstores, coffee shops, charter schools, drop-in centers, and senior facilities. In 2017, we facilitated art and literary events such as The Platform, a literary open mic, and Spotlight, an artist lecture series designed to shed a light on artists and their creative process. We also published Platform Review, an annual ARTS By The People project to promote opportunities and establish a platform for writers and artists.