Who is City Artworks

Mission

We are a leading visual arts education resource, fostering skill development and self-expression through creative programming, collaborations, and exhibitions.

Core Values

  • Creativity and artistic development
  • Accessible programming
  • Long-term stakeholder engagement
  • Fiscal stewardship
  • Arts advocacy

City ArtWorks is coloring the future of our community through meaningful art experiences.

City ArtWorks engages children in exciting hands-on art experiences. We provide accessible and affordable visual art classes by trained educators and artists, acting on our governing principle that children flourish when given the opportunity to explore their own creativity. City ArtWorks fosters the development of the creative thinker. Exposure to the visual arts can help children develop a deeper understanding of their world and social environment. Arts education directly and positively impacts a child’s higher order thinking skills, problem solving ability, and motivation to learn.

1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution
and that questions can have more than one answer.

3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.

4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving
purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. 
Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.

5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.

6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.

7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.

8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.

9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source
and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.

10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young
what adults believe is important.

SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications.