Art in Action is a nonprofit organization dedicated since 1982 to bringing visual arts education to the classroom. Art in Action fosters the educational development and creativity of children across America through innovative visual arts programs and communities. We believe that a quality art education is critical for every student's preparation for success in the 21st century, and we actively assist schools in implementing a comprehensive, standards-based visual art program.
The Art in Action Program enriches the lives of thousands of students each year in public and private schools and after school enrichment programs through an engaging, hands-on curriculum that teaches art history, art appreciation, and art techniques. Through the training and support of educators and volunteers, Art in Action seeks to make visual art an integral part of every student's education.
Art is a visual language that speaks to students of all learning styles, providing them the opportunity to create, problem solve, and think critically — skills essential for success both in the classroom and beyond it. Art education engages students more fully in all aspects of learning and gives them a richer understanding of themselves and the world around them. Art encourages children to become curious, imaginative students and interested, thoughtful people. Read more
Art in Action was founded in 1982 at a time when Proposition 13 was decimating art programs in California. Started by Judy Sleeth, an art history teacher with children in local elementary schools, Art in Action's goal was to reestablish quality art education in the classroom. "I founded Art in Action when my daughter was in kindergarten because I didn't want budget cuts to rob her or her classmates of the very real benefits of a quality art curriculum." The benefits of these engaging lessons quickly spread to other concerned parents and educators whose support and enthusiasm encouraged the development of a comprehensive K-8 program.
In 1999, Art in Action was incorporated as a California 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization in order to expand its curriculum and provide better training and assistance to the teachers and volunteers who bring the program into the classroom. Today many schools, both public and private, teach the Art in Action curriculum. Art in Action continues grow, bringing art education to more communities, more schools, more classrooms, and more children each year.