Arts Bridging the Gap
We bring artists, educators and organizations together to create impactful and evidence based arts programs for underserved children and communities in order to improve their quality of life, community safety, as well as student's academic success and future prospects.
We are committed to constant evaluation and research into the effectiveness of our work and effects on our children and their communities. This research and evidence will empower us to permanently shift the inequity of access to arts education and education resources in the United States of America.
Transforming lives and communities
Improving graduation rates
Connecting divided communities
Reducing crime rates
and empowering resilient, skilled young leaders
through system-change based arts programming in underserved areas.
ARTS BRIDGING THE GAP - HONORED TO RECOGNIZED -
GIVING OUR CHILDREN A VOICE.
We are not usually the type to sell our own press but... We are very excited to say we have been officially acknowledged by the California State Assembly, The US House of Reps and the LA City Council for our work with children. As part of the United Chambers of Commerce Inspirational Women's Luncheon our founder Georgia VanCuylenburg was given the chance to speak about the importance of giving our communities a voice, of having everyone know their story and of everyone doing what they can to change that story.
We want to thank the Chamber for this honor and are so grateful for a day to speak on behalf of all of our children.
The most exciting part of this recognition for us is the credibility and possibility this opens up to do more good for our kids. And if you want to hear Georgia talk about why that is so very important you can watch here:
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Our right to make art, eat yummy food and be safe in our community
Arts Bridging the Gap was honored to host a very special event this past Saturday in the home of our founder and Executive Director, Georgia (me :)) For the past two years we have had a summer bbq to bring families together to celebrate love, family and sharing with art and food. This year was no exception. although we added two very meaningful and important elements.
The first was a fun sharing of art and empathy with the children in Uganda from Integrate Bayouth Dreams. Families and guests were invited to add to our oversized postcard to the children as well as make their own individual postcards to the kids. We ended up with a very diverse and colorful poster to send them. We are excited to see it up in their community. The conversations and perspectives the kids have when creating the art continue to amaze us and prove why being to connected with other children living in other parts of the world is an essential way to grow awareness and empathy in our kids.
The other element that was truly the most important part of the day was a sit down question and answer session with two visitors from the Leg Aid Pop Up Clinic. They came to share information, resources and dispel fears around immigration and to ensure that our families know their rights. We were surprised by our families concerns around coming to the event and were sad that so many didn't make it - which is very unlike them. This experience showed us how large of an issue this is for our community and how much fear is stopping them from knowing all the info that would give them some comfort.
The families that did attend spent over an hour and a half asking the guests questions and would have kept going if we didn't bring it to a close.
The most valuable piece of info from the session for the families were:
There is a form you can get (for free) that gives someone you nominate the right to look after your child in your absence. This is not legal guardianship but rather a safety precaution.
You do not have to open your door to anyone who says they are the police. You can ask if they have a warrant. If it is the LAPD they will say LAPD but ICE will just say 'police'. ICE have never been known to actually have warrants. If you do not let them in they will go away. You can also call the LAPD to tell them that ICE is trying to get in to your house.
Do not carry an ID from another country. You should not have any documentation on you that says you were born somewhere other the the USA.
We have plenty of fliers, red cards and information sheets for anyone who would like to learn more. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send them to you.
To read more updates on Arts Bridging the Gap - visit our blog HERE
We involve local communities in all the work we do - art is made to be shared and its power to transform those communities is awe inspiring.
Mindful evaluation of ours, and related programs is the evidence we require to ensure every child has access to the education they deserve.