What We Do

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What Is ArtistYear?

ArtistYear is dedicated to addressing inequities in Arts Education for K-12 students.

To ensure that every low-income student in America has the opportunity to reap the socio-emotional and academic benefits associated with arts learning, ArtistYear created a National Service Arts Corps.

We develop and support ArtistYear AmeriCorps Fellows – recent higher-education graduates across a ranged of artistic disciplines  – and place them as full-time teaching artists in Title 1 schools to expand and deepen arts education for the underserved.

Once trained, Fellows collaborate with existing teachers to expand arts offerings via:

  • Arts Integration in Academic Subjects
  • Arts Clubs
  • Arts Interventions for At-Risk Youth

Each Fellow serves between 50-250 unduplicated K-12 students providing about 2 hours of arts education per-week, per-student during a typical school year.

This innovative strategy significantly bolsters arts education for low-income youth, with all its attendant benefits, while improving student academic and socio-emotional development, enhancing school climate and capacity, and developing a new generation of Citizen-Artists steeped in national service.

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Our Impact

The ArtistYear Program is designed to yield positive changes for the students, schools/districts, and the ArtistYear AmeriCorps Fellows themselves.


We reach underserved students through art to:

  • Improve school engagement and attachment
  • Explore identity and community
  • Empower civic-engagement
  • Cultivate 21st-century skills (STEAM)
  • Develop youth artistry and skills


Believing all schools deserve to be “arts rich,” our Program aims to:

  • Increase arts equity and access
  • Deepen arts learning
  • Enhance school climate and culture
  • Build capacity and buy-in for sustained and future arts investments

ArtistYear Fellows

Our ArtistYear AmeriCorps Fellows are the change-agents. They develop as:

  • Effective Teaching Artists
  • Productive work-force participants and leaders
  • Engaged Citizen-Artists
  • Active participants in our Democracy

Why The Arts?

Research shows that when children are involved in the arts, they reap substantial social, academic, and personal benefits. For low-income student populations, the positive effects of arts-rich experiences are especially promising.

Arts in school keeps kids in school – particularly at-risk youth.

  • Low-income students with arts education credits are five-times more likely to graduate high school.
  • Low-income students deeply engaged in school arts demonstrate better academic outcomes than students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds who have less arts involvements.
  • English Language Learners with arts education experience accelerated language development.

Arts education gets kids to graduate, supports healthy social and emotional development, and values youth voice and vision.

Bringing students and school communities together through the arts

Why Title I Schools?

Title I schools are those serving high percentages of children from low-income families. Economically disadvantaged students are far less likely to access quality arts instruction when compared to their more affluent peers (National Center for Education Statistics). Inequities in arts education disproportionately effects students of color and English Language Learners who are far more likely to attend mid-high to high-poverty public schools (National Endowment for the Arts, NCES and National Equity Atlas).

ArtistYear believes arts education and its many academic and socio-emotional benefits, is a fundamental right of all children in America, regardless of economic status or zip code.

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What is a Citizen-Artist?

Throughout human history, the arts have yielded proven personal and public benefit, strengthening citizens and communities. As our nation is becoming more diverse, schools are simultaneously growing more segregated. Artists and The Arts have an important role to play in bridging this divide and sparking dialogue, empathy, and progress. A Citizen-Artist is one who contributes to society through the transformative power of art. We believe that art can empower the active youth citizenship necessary for vibrant, compassionate, and collaborative communities.

(McCarthy, K.F., Ondaatje, E.H., Zakaras, L. & Brooks, A. (2004); Government Accountability Office 2016 Report)
The Citizen-Artist Oath