Madison’s Youth Arts Center is committed to reflecting the diversity of our community. Involvement, engagement, and participation of underrepresented youth in all aspects of arts education is essential. By providing affordable access and prioritizing our commitment to removing barriers, we expect to double the number of young people currently participating in educational arts programs within five years.
The case studies below highlight how Madison’s Youth Arts Center will increase access to arts education.
BLACK STAR DRUM LINE
Provide youth with opportunities for creative expression through the percussive arts.
Kids from mostly underserved and underrepresented communities; Black, White, Asian, Latino, LGBTQ+ youth, and students with developmental disabilities are all represented.
Our access to programming space is unreliable and not affordable which limits the number of kids we can include.
Our biggest obstacle is access and space. Having a reliable, affordable space to teach allows us to plan and expand our programming and says to our kids that we value what they do with their art.
MUSIC con BRIO
Serve an inclusive, diverse group of students through instrumental music lessons.
Students from 13 different elementary and middle schools in Madison, mostly from underserved neighborhoods on the North and East side. Approximately 30% are kids of color.
Our Emerson program is almost at capacity and because of limited space at Goodman, we are only able to offer one program there. Due to space constraints, we have to cap enrollment and limit the classes we can offer.
In short, having free or very low-cost access to a space like this will help us exponentially expand our offerings and thereby dramatically increase the number and diversity of students we serve.
Madison’s Youth Arts Center’s Board of Directors is made up of members who benefit from white privilege and members who experience systemic racism and oppression. Together, we make this promise:
Madison’s Youth Arts Center (MYAC) stands in solidarity with communities of color and people who suffer racial injustices in our local community and across the country. We share in the anger and grief of historical racial injustices and marginalization. We pledge to do our part to fight for the changes that are so desperately needed. We commit to looking inward and examining our own beliefs and actions. The MYAC Board of Directors promises to invest in diversity as we build the center, and work to abolish the effects of structural racism. We promise to build a thriving hub of discovery and creativity in which youth from all backgrounds experience a true sense of safety, belonging and celebration of identity.