A NOTE FROM THE FOUNDER
Thank you for your interest in Lórien Academy of the Arts! If you’ve made it this far, you likely share our belief in the value of art. The data confirms that you’re correct in that belief… even to the extent that a lack of access to art is one of the greatest disadvantages facing youth living in low-income households.
Inequitable access to art is too easily ignored. It’s ignored by most schools. It’s ignored by most of our society. Lórien Academy exists to address and step into this inequity.
At the most basic level, the skill sets that develop most effectively through art education and art experiences are those necessary to survive the future, let alone thrive in it. The World Economy Forum has projected the most in-demand skill sets for 2022. The Top-10 are nearly all related to creativity and adaptability, skills developed far more effectively in the art studio than a math classroom.
Lórien Academy is not a religious organization, but my faith is a part of who I am. And, as a Christian, I trace back to a spiritual level the observable human flourishing that results from arts engagement. The very first thing we learn about God is that he is creative. God is the Original Artist. The first thing we learn about ourselves as humans is that we’re made in God’s image. If true, then to provide access to art for youth is to provide them with the opportunity to step deeper into who they were made to be, being made in the creative image of God.
Access to art should be a basic human right. So, we offer our programming at no financial cost. This means access to art for these youth depends entirely on your generosity. Please consider making a one-time contribution or becoming on an ongoing sustainer of the work. Your support will provide this basic human right of access to art for even more youth, and the world will be better for it… I promise.
Founder & Executive Director
P.S. Still not convinced? The best way to truly understand the quality and effectiveness of our programming is to see it for yourself. Consider getting directly involved as a volunteer!