Expanded Arts Access Programs

Expanded Arts Access

Extending the Reach of Arts Education

       The mission of Arts for Learning Massachusetts is to educate, inspire and empower youth through the arts. We believe the arts are an essential component of both formal education and youth development, and students of all identities, backgrounds, and abilities deserve access to the rich educational opportunities inherent in arts learning. Since 1962, we have been collaborating with artists, educators, and community partners to develop programs that harness the many powers of the arts to build skills, bring curriculum vibrantly to life, and introduce youth to new cultures and new means of self-expression. 

       Our donor-supported, Expanded Arts Access programs provide adaptive arts learning to youth in under-resourced schools, hospitals and shelters. Our partners recognize the arts as a crucial component of a holistic education but lack full-time teachers dedicated to arts instruction. The Expanded Arts Access curriculum bridges this gap, the immediacy of the art forms often cut through language barriers and the qualities of play, imagination, and expression engage youth in learning that is energizing and therapeutic. Teaching artists are trained in trauma informed teaching practices, and our residencies focus on educating the whole child, with an emphasis on Social and Emotional Learning.

Custom Arts Learning Residencies

Sequential, participatory and project-based workshops for communities without access to regular in-school arts programming. Artist residencies are highly customizable, varying in length from 3 days to a full year. AFLMA staff work with school partners to design student-centered curriculum. These hands-on workshops build toward a culminating performance event or completed work.

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Expanding Horizons Through Music (EHTM)

Since 2011, EHTM, has used group-music-making activities to teach literacy and Social Emotional Learning skills to preschool students who are experiencing houselessness and extreme poverty. This literacy-through-music residency program helps to close the kindergarten-preparedness with weekly music lessons, family engagement, and classroom teacher professional development.

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Healing Arts For Kids

Launched in 2004, our Healing Arts program has provided therapeutic, humanizing, life-affirming arts residencies, workshops, and performances to students learning in hospital schools and other adaptive learning environments.

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All Expanded Arts Access programs are supported through the generosity of foundations and individual donors. Help us expand arts access in Massachusetts.