How we started
Global Arts was initially inspired by a social and musical movement that began over 40 years ago in the country of Venezuela.
This movement, El Sistema, was started by an unbelievably nurturing and talented man, Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu, whose mission it was to empower underserved children in Venezuela by giving them instruments and providing a space to build and cultivate a community. Fast forward over four decades, and this movement has swept the world – reaching small towns and villages to large metropolises in major countries, with the sole mission of helping to support youth through music.
Where are we now?
Global Arts has a similar mission, but strives to take it one step further by providing the same developmental and nurturing environment for both students and educators. We have seen the impact that music programs can have on the lives of children, but we aspire to take the students’ success to another level by focusing on the development of educators and creating a holistic environment for children, teachers, and families. Through Global Arts, we support youth in being young leaders in today’s world so that they may truly affect change in their communities.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement
Global Arts uses music education to actively engage students and educators in conversations about race, power, identity, and intersectionality with the goal of developing practical tools for combatting the socioeconomic forces that challenge their communities. We respect and value people from every walk of life and we do not discriminate based on race, sex, class, ableism, nativism, ageism, religion, body type, or any other form of oppression. This is reflected in our staff hiring and student recruitment practices as well as our conduct with people and organizations with whom we interact.