Studio in a School has always chosen to work with schools in underserved communities of color. Our artists and educators provide children with the same access to a quality arts education as all other children have. Children as young as age three learn to take materials in their hands and claim agency in the world by creating works of art.
Through our high school and college internship programs, we bring diverse voices to the arts and cultural institutions in many cities. Most museums and cultural organizations (including Studio Institute) have a long way to go. The explicit goals of our internship programs are to provide access to students, with economic need, to step into desired careers and to encourage participating institutions to join in our goals, while ensuring that their staff reflect the communities that they serve.
At this moment of American reckoning, we pledge to advance the above-stated initiatives, while also deeply re-evaluating our strategies for carrying out these missions. To be even a small part of the solution, we must all look inward at our own practices and listen to those calling for an equal place in the world.
Art is a powerful tool for expression, communication, and healing. For millennia, black artists have not only created beauty, but advanced human understanding through their work. If young people take away one thing from making and interacting with art, it should be that their thoughts, their feelings, their challenges, their ideas, their experiences, and their lives matter.
Thomas Cahill and the Studio Institute Team
(Featured image: a persuasive poster created by Kiare, a fifth grade student in the Bronx)