Arts in Action Community Charter Schools

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Executive Director's Message

Welcome to Arts in Action Community Charter Schools! We are a group of educators and families who are committed to empowering our students to become advocates for themselves, our communities, and the world.  
 
We believe that learning is about exploring ideas and places outside of our comfort zone, questioning the world around us, and embarking on a journey of continual growth.  We believe that the arts are a way to communicate, connect, and to express ourselves.
 
Historically, most K-12 students in urban, minority neighborhoods have less access to the arts, to progressive education methods, and to content on global social issues than their white, middle-class counterparts. At Arts in Action, we strive to provide our students with a holistic education that is culturally responsive and based on principles of social justice—one where students develop intellectual, emotional, and artistic skills, while also celebrating strengths, to become a well-rounded student and global citizen.
 
Much of this learning happens in our arts program and social justice curriculum, but it also happens every day in the way our teachers ask students rigorous questions and set-up hands-on investigations of new content, in the way our students challenge themselves to try harder tasks, and in the way we celebrate and support each other. For us, it is critical that students develop a growth mindset so that they can thrive not only as individuals, but also as productive members of society.
 
We strive to prepare future leaders that are going to make a positive difference in our world. We hope you join us!
 
Kalin Balcomb
Executive Director