Mission & Core Values

MISSION

Upturn Arts is a fun and creative program that teaches children in the New Orleans community to explore and build confidence in themselves as artists. Our mission is to provide “Arts for All”.

Upturn Arts believes that collaboration breeds artistic creativity and, most importantly, confidence in our young artists. Every child in our program has the freedom to express themselves  in a safe, encouraging, and positive environment. We strive to increase the expressive confidence of every child, regardless of artistic talent or ability. We value collaboration over competition, artistic growth over solos, and creating original works over recreating repertoire.


CORE VALUES

Community

Upturn Arts is a creative space for arts education that fosters friendship and community by connecting people through the creation of art.  We value collaboration over competition, artistic growth over solos, and creating original works over recreating repertoire.

Creativity and Fun

Upturn Arts strives to boost the confidence of every child, regardless of artistic talent or ability. We celebrate our young artists’ limitless creativity, and we encourage individual growth and collaboration by integrating silliness, adventure, and positive attitudes in everything we do.

Respect

Upturn Arts recognizes and respects each person’s contribution to our organization.  We model kind and respectful behavior and hold ourselves accountable for the choices we make. We expect all people in the Upturn Arts community to do the same.  In doing so our young artists and their teachers will thrive in a healthy and safe environment.  

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Upturn Arts is a communal space that welcomes individuals and families of all identities and from all circumstances.  We are dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive environment that thrives on mutual respect and communication.   Learning from our mistakes is a process we value and want to cultivate in our students, partners, and ourselves.

Our organization fosters confidence in our young artists by creating opportunities for our students to creatively express their stories, while encouraging their unique artistic talents, abilities, and personal histories. 

Arts for All!