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Universal Temple of the Arts (UTA) strives to quicken the creative spirit in the individual and foster brotherly love. Through a unique blend of artistic, educational, cultural and civic programs, UTA cultivates the scholastic and social development of underserved youth through exposure to opportunities that are not commonly accessed by this population. All UTA programs are skillfully designed to enhance the artistic and academic performance of our students. Our commitment to excellence is exemplified by utilizing accomplished artist-educators of varied disciplines to nurture the talents of our students.
History: Located in Staten Island?s New Brighton area, UTA was founded in 1967 by Maurice Phillips, Artist/Teacher/Philosopher, and a group of young artists, including the organization?s current Executive/Artistic Director. UTA set out to provide life enrichment programs to Staten Island?s urban, low-socio economic communities. The population that UTA serves is primarily African-Americans and Latinos between the ages of six and twenty-one. The participants who acccess UTA?s services are often from single-parent households with low to moderate income levels. UTA focuses on this population in an effort to help them build strong intellectual and creative foundations upon which their promising futures can be established.
Principal Activities: During UTA?s nearly forty-year history, the organization has upheld our mission by offering a unique blend of artistic, cultural, social and academic programs. These offerings include: art, music, dance, sewing, multicultural studies, computer literacy classes focusing on graphic-design and software programs, entrepreneurial training, conflict resolution, and yoga for youth.