TO ENABLE OUR STUDENTS TO CHANGE THEIR LIVES, THEIR COMMUNITIES, AND THE WORLD!
The U.S. Department of Education called arts and music education
"particularly beneficial for students from economically disadvantaged circumstances and those who are at risk of not succeeding in school."
Many Chicago Public School students live in emotionally, physically and spiritually dangerous communities. With over populated classrooms many students are unaware of the opportunities that await them if only they could take control of their own lives.
Through art, The Explorer Program provides high school students, particularly freshmen, from urban minority communites, the opportunity to Explore, Be Inspired and Transform their lives. By bringing to life their creative and artistic abilities, The Explorer Program will introduce them to a world of possibilities and opportunities far outside their window.
Through the student’s creative outlet they are able to express themselves in a positive way, and, through these expressions they will gain control of their own destiny by controlling what happens at school, at home and in their communities.
Of the 1,715 Chicago Public School teachers laid off in the past two years, 159 were in the arts and music departments.
According to Dr. Timothy Knowles the Director of The Urban Education Institute (UEI) at the University of Chicago: 9th grade is the best predictor in determining if a student will finish high-school.