DAVA was established in 1993 for the purpose of developing the arts as a positive social force, especially for underserved youth. DAVA's core values of inclusiveness and high-quality arts learning have driven 29 years of youth expression seen as a valuable resource within our community.
DAVA offers a supportive, creative environment for kids ages 3-18 to engage in four core art programs: Family Arts, a pre-school program for ages 3-6 and parents; the Open Studio, a drop-in, experimental space for elementary students after school; middle school Job Training in the Arts & Technology programs with more advanced arts learning and community involvement; and Creative Action by Teens with higher level skill-building designed for high school students. All youth participate in DAVA's Gallery exhibitions, which are open to the entire community. Outreach to underserved organizations and schools is extended through our Traveling Art School.
In 2016, we renovated our building, which now includes a new digital media lab and fully-equipped studios. This transformation created one of the premiere community arts facilities in the region. DAVA programs are offered year round (Monday through Friday), with longer hours during the summer.
What continues to set DAVA apart?
* National award-winning programs developed around the belief that the arts can increase opportunities for urban youth through a combination of arts learning and positive youth development. In 2014, we received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for using engagement in the arts to increase academic achievement, graduation rates and college enrollment.
* Challenging year-round project cycles that annually engage thousands of local youth ages 3 to 18 who use the arts to examine the environment, social change, and their community. Free programs are open to all kids, 48 weeks of the year.
* Cutting-edge curriculum built around issues that are relevant and meaningful to kids in our multi-cultural community. Youth inspire and inform the direction and themes of our work.
* Programs foster the development of valuable skills that are critical to achieving success in work and life in the 21st century.
* Evaluation that demonstrates the successful outcomes of our programs.