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Mission Statement

Inspiring people of all ages to imagine, learn and create art in a unique and encouraging environment


K12 Gallery & TEJAS inspires 35,000 people of all ages to image, learn and create art in a unique and encouraging environment through 400 on-site visual arts classes and exhibitions and 1,080 off-site classes at 9 urban locations. Led by professional artists, low-income students, youth on probation, prisoners and survivors of violence, achieve equal access to experience the educational and healing quality of the arts. Collaborative public art projects add cultural beauty to the Dayton region through the creation and installation of large scale murals.

Creative individuals often relate that K12 Gallery is a place they finally "fit in." The unique and encouraging environment is a critical component of our success. To inspire people of ages to imagine, learn and create art, programming occurs on-site and in the community. Artist in Residence connects professional artists as instructors at 6 urban schools and 3 court schools to keep the visual arts alive at these locations. Artist in Training provides after school arts training for the serious art studio to aid in the development of professional portfolios and quality pieces for art competitions. Exhibitions highlight the talents of student and professional artists. HAALO, Helping Adolescents Achieve Long-term Objectives collaborates with the Montgomery County Juvenile Courts to partner a probation officer and artist to work alongside youth on probation in a 10-month arts mentorship to produce public art work. Saturday Art Classes provide monthly concentrations for 3 age groups in pottery, painting, mosaics, sculpture and more. Scholastic Art Awards provides recognition to high school students in a 9 county region for excellence in the visual arts. Summer Art Camp offers 7 weeks of visual arts classes for youth and adults combining a weekly off-site field enrichment trip. Vanquish partners with local social service agencies to use the healing quality of arts to reach survivors of violence through journaling and mask-making culminating in an exhibition to raise community awareness.


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