Art in Action

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Menlo Park, CA, United States


Menlo Park, CA, United States

Art in Action focuses on Children & Youth Education and is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA, United States.

Our mission is to ignite students' thinking and creativity by providing engaging visual arts programs through which they learn art history, appreciation and skills.

Today's News

One of the best ways to teach our children these essential 21st century skills and others, like collaboration, communication and critical thinking, is through the visual arts. Art in Action is dedicated to providing a robust visual arts education to all students and we hope you will help us. We currently impact: 50,000 students and 2,500 teachers and parents in 200 schools.

  • 1 / 3: Why Kids Love Art
  • 2 / 3: Creating A Culture of Art in Schools
  • 3 / 3: Building Communities of Art


There's a ""culture of art"" that is present in Art in Action schools that creates renewed energy -- not just among the students, but also amongst the teachers, parents and administration. Some of the more difficult learners open up and become leaders -- finding a place of pride and accomplishment that bleeds over into the rest of their schoolwork. We know that when you open a child's eyes to art they start to see the world differently. They enjoy learning just a little bit more. Perhaps they ask questions they wouldn't have asked before. That is the power of art. What we do for kids, at the age we do it, is really critical. Students start to self-define themselves as artistic and creative, or not, at some point during elementary school. Just at the time we need them to be broadening their horizons, they often are narrowing them. More than 4 million students across the country have no access to a visual arts education of any kind. Millions more have only cursory offerings. In the new Common Core curricula, art is not addressed directly -- even though the skills that art delivers -- critical thinking, communication, collaboration and, yes, creativity -- are exactly what will be assessed. What we are doing at Art in Action serves a critical need -- we bring art programs where they didn't exist before. We provide a number of ways for schools to deliver a complete art curriculum -- through training teachers, parent volunteers and others, who may have no experience with art but a passion to help provide art to their community. Please join us on this journey back to where it all starts -- with Art.