our core values... what we stand for.
All of the programs, events, and future facilities operated by ArtsConnex have a strong common foundation, which are the core pillars, or values of our Foundation. These pillars are called the START program principle. The principle helps us create programs, events and facilities that will serve a strong purpose in the community. From time to time, we receive requests to adopt, or merge long standing organizations, community groups, or festivals under our Foundation network. Those programs are also carefully studied to ensure that they fit within our START program principle guidelines.
s | sustainability
Sustainability means that the program is innovative, leading-edge, self-sustainable and can successfully carry out our mission and vision in a clear and effective manner for years to come. Sustainable Programs have a core membership of like-minded individuals passionate about the visual, creative and/or performing arts, and thus maintain a neiche demographic that actively benefits from, and needs a program of its kind.
t | training in the arts
Training in the arts is a key pillar of our operations. Any program of ours strives to provide world-class education in the visual, creative and performing arts through specialized programs, facilities, influential, distinguished and passionate educators and/or leaders with extensive training and/or credentials in their fields. Training in the arts also consists of establishing an expected education of artistic discipline, and an inclusive environment of development in the arts.
a | advocacy for arts education
All of our programs, facilities and events have the primary purpose of advocating the importance of the education in the visual, creative and performing arts in society through community involvement, accessibility, collaborations with other arts organizations and businesses, public awareness campaigns, and any other means available. Programs serve as a means of advocating the importance of visual, creative and performing arts education, especially in schools, the community and post-secondaries. Our message is clear... Arts are not an extra-curricular, but rather a core component of human development and growth.
r | reach for the stars
All our programs, events and facilities strive to create a nurturing environment of development and empowerment, where members can be encouraged to pursue their artistic dreams, visions and goals in a supportive and highly educational environment. ArtsConnex aims to put interest and desire for the arts within reach of everyone in the community, despite of financial situations, age, race, religion, orientation, gender identity, and/or disabilities. The visual, creative and performing arts should be within reach of all people. Ultimately, we strive to inspire the community to pursue their artistic passions.
t | transcend boundaries
Our programs, events and facilities allow aspiring artists to nurture their craft, and transcend their own boundaries, expectations, and goals. Through our Foundation, programs can help artists train not only in their own discipline, but encourage them to pursue inter-disciplinary activities within the arts. We strongly believe in fully immersing in the arts. Taking chances, and trying new ways to express oneself are a key way in which we bring the community together. In a more literal form, transcend boundaries to us, means that the arts are a universal human experience that transcends boundaries, languages, religion, and any other human-created barrier. We advocate the importance of the arts as a means of unifying cultures and people.