Engagement with the arts equips students with the life skills necessary to be successful.

We call this phenomenon #UpwardCreativity.

Lórien Academy of the the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  We cultivate upward creativity.

Why Art?

The arts may be the most effective way for low-income students to break out of generational poverty.  Here's how...


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"... unfair access to the arts for our children brings consequences of major importance to our society." 


BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): If you're a low-income student pursuing a bachelor's degree, you're an exception to your cultural norm.  Engagement with the arts naturally break down barriers of fear, insecurity, and low confidence, helping students recognize and believe they are exceptional!



Problem 1: Generational Poverty - If you're born and raised in a low-income community, due to limited access and opportunities, the odds are against you be able to better your economic situation.

Solution 1: Bachelor Degree - In his research on social mobility at The Brookings Institute, Richard Reeves has discovered that low-income students who are able to earn their bachelor's degree have a 67% chance of reaching the middle-class or above.  

Problem 2: Fear, Insecurity, Unfamiliar Territory - On average, only about 25% of graduates from Title I high schools will even attempt a 4-year college by age 26.

Solution 2: THE ARTS! - According to extensive research done by U.C.L.A professor James Catterall, the arts are critical for empowering and equipping low-income students to successfully pursue a bachelor's degree.

His research found that low-income students who both have the access and choose to engage the arts... 

  • Earn better grades in ALL subjects
  • Score higher on standardized tests
  • Are 3x more likely to stay in school
  • Are 2x more likely to attempt a 4-year college
  • Are 3x more likely to earn their bachelor's degree

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The research is clear.  Access to arts engagement is an invaluable resource and can literally change a students life!

It costs about $1200 to put a student on scholarship for our 8-week summer academy, plus the arts enrichment opportunities we provide throughout the school year.

Please consider investing in one of our students with a full scholarship ($100/month), half scholarship ($50/month), or quarter scholarship ($25/month).

Our subscribers receive a quarterly magazine.  Our magazine is insight into the academy - insight into our students.  The stories of our students is why we do what we do.  The impact the arts are having on their lives and the transformation that results is our "return on investment."  

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I'm passionate about making long-term, sustainable impact in the lives of students who, through no fault of their own, were born into circumstances in which they have limited access and opportunities.  I would love nothing more than to talk with you about how creating access to the arts for these students may be the most empowering gift we can give them!  Let's do lunch, or coffee, or phone call, or video chat!  Email, text, call, tweet, message... pick your poison below and we'll get it set-up.  

- Michael Khoe -

Founder & Director