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About Us

Our School of the Arts will open doors and minds to endless possibilities. Our innovative educational programs, initiatives, and collaborative partnerships will engage everyone from stage to classroom, hospitals to senior centers, and community groups to under-served residents.

Goals

  • To Enrich lives of Central Florida residents and strengthen the value of the arts in everyday life by serving as a leading resource destination for renowned arts entertainment programming and arts education programs.
  • To Provide exceptional performing arts programming and educational engagements that inspire and connect individuals to transformative experiences.
  • To Serve culturally and ethnically diverse audiences with a varied array of outstanding national, local, and emerging talent.
  • To Collaborate with arts organizations, other performance venues, school systems, and colleges/universities to help foster innovation and creativity for learners of all ages.
  • To Advocate for the continued support for the arts and arts integrated experiences in educational planning and instruction in the public and private education sectors, public agencies, and community organizations.

Philosophy

Theater, music, and dance as a form of study opens doors, minds, worlds, creativity, and possibilities. It awakens the imagination and keeps hope alive; where anything is possible.

A creative space should be a “safe place” where students can be nurtured and challenged. It is a laboratory of sorts, where students should be encouraged to explore, create, experiment, and take risks without the risk of failing.

The arts have the ability to positively affect the lives of students. Participation in the arts builds self-esteem, integrates and enhances other education while building communication skills such as speaking, interacting, listening, and interpreting. The arts promote problem solving and teach students to work together to achieve a common goal.

The arts help us better understand each other, our place in society, and how we can be better people and actively contribute to the world in which we live.

Our partnership with Florida Hospital allows us to explore the intersection of wellness and the arts. We believe that the arts and especially participating in arts education opens the door to wellness and healing. For those with a challenging diagnosis and for caretakers, the arts offer an outlet and a creative expression that provides hope. For anyone, at any age, and any stage in life, being involved in the performing arts challenges the body, strengthens the mind and stimulates the imagination.