CEOs across the country agree that an essential skill desired in the next generation workforce is creativity. In an increasingly demanding visual society, it is clear that building a child’s visual literacy skills is a vital role for the jobs of the future. Art in Action kindles students’ thinking and creativity by providing a comprehensive and engaging program. Our program makes it easy to provide a visual arts education for Kindergarten through 8th-grade students. Our lessons help close the achievement gap by making the skills and the joys of art accessible to all students – students who might not otherwise have access to experiences and opportunities that an arts education provides. Today we reach more than 70,000 students and train nearly 3,000 teachers in 500 schools and organizations nationwide.
As a teacher, Art in Action Founder Judy Sleeth was dismayed to find that her child’s Kindergarten class did not have an art program, so she started writing and teaching her own art lessons to the class. In 1982, she founded Art in Action as a response to a lack of art lessons taught in classrooms and the decimation of art education programs in California schools through Proposition 13. The program grew to area schools through word of mouth as the need for art programs like this continued to grow. In 1999, Art in Action became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has become an invaluable resource for school communities across the country.