"The arts humanize the curriculum while affirming the interconnectedness of all forms of knowing." -Charles Fowler



“You begin to realize how much there is within these students just waiting to be tapped. Experiences like ArtsBridge do that. They give these children a moment to shine.”

Kathleen Sabine, Principal, Heninger Elementary School, Santa Ana, California

ArtsBridge America Mission Objectives

1. To provide ongoing instruction in the arts for K-12 students in a manner that allows them to explore their own creativity while benefiting from the intrinsic and cross-curricular value of the arts;

2. To provide continuous, capacity building professional support for our nation’s K-12 teachers that affords unique opportunities to integrate the arts into the traditional curricula in ways that address both local classroom needs as well as state and national standards in the arts;

3. To provide school-based service learning opportunities for top university students in the visual and performing arts;

4. To promote and present career pathways in the arts among highly qualified university students; and

5. To conduct and disseminate research on partnerships in the visual and performing arts that informs local educators, policymakers, and the public at large.

Strategies used by ArtsBridge are well aligned with bipartisan educational agendas that value the arts as a fundamental component of the core curriculum in K-12 and that call for no child to be left behind. The education reform principles of ArtsBridge are that our nation’s public schools need arts education as a regular component of a comprehensive curriculum that will lead to student success, and that universities should apply their vast stores of expertise and personnel on behalf of K-12 improvements in teacher support and child learning.

ArtsBridge America Principles

1. The ArtsBridge school/university partnership model supports top undergraduate and graduate students through scholarships, fellowships, and/or course credit, in return for their offering instruction in K-12 classrooms, or undertaking extended arts related projects in healthcare or other community settings. Arts instruction provided by ArtsBridge is linked to national and state K-12 educational standards.

2. ArtsBridge emphasizes hands-on, participatory instruction and involvement. The primary goal is to engage school aged children actively in the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the creation of art, and discovery across disciplines.

3. ArtsBridge responds to local priorities. Participating host schoolteachers, healthcare and community service providers identify their needs and are actively involved in the definition and desired outcomes of their ArtsBridge projects.

4. K-12 classroom ArtsBridge projects are integrated into the school day and bridge to other subjects in the curriculum.

5. ArtsBridge projects offer one-on-one professional support to its hosting teachers, healthcare providers and community service providers. The projects are sustainable; ArtsBridge scholars document their projects so that the host institution can continue to use them after the initial project has ended.

6. ArtsBridge measures the quality and impact of its work through observation reports, host and scholar evaluations, pre-post tests, and other means of measuring cognitive, social and personal development in participating students.

7. ArtsBridge concentrates on low-performing public schools, and works to promote academic preparedness, and access to higher education for all children.


  • Support undergraduate and graduate USU students by providing work-based scholarships, in return for their offering instruction in K-12 classrooms and community organizations.
  • Emphasize hands-on instruction. The primary goal is to involve K-12 pupils directly in the acquisition of arts knowledge and skills, while creating art.
  • Respond to the individual needs of each classroom and our community. School teachers are actively involved in the definition of their ArtsBridge projects, designed based on their classroom needs.
  • Integrate the arts into the school day by “bridging” projects to other subjects in the curriculum.
  • Contribute to the professional development of teachers. As ArtsBridge scholars involve their teachers and document their lesson plans, teachers can continue to link art projects to their curriculum after the initial project has ended.
  • Involve the community in which the program works. Developing better arts education in public schools will build a lasting positive legacy in the community.
  • Document work by completing observation reports along with teacher and scholar evaluations, as means of assessment.
  • Focus efforts on all public schools, and works to promote access to higher education for all children.

"What’s exciting about ArtsBridge is the deep engagement of all involved – art students, faculty mentors, public school teachers and public school children – which results in a more lasting impact."          David Dynak, ArtsBridge Past Director, University of Utah, Salt Lake City