DAVA art education programs foster the development of valuable skills that are critical to achieving success in work and life in the 21st century. These include learning and innovation skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving, as well as life and career skills such as responsibility, respect, self-direction, and leadership. DAVA’s innovative, national award-winning programs are based on the belief that the arts can affect change in society, the environment, and personal achievement while positively impacting youth development.
Founded in 1993, DAVA provides high-quality, after-school programming in the Aurora community and has become an anchor of free arts education for 900 urban kids (ages 3-17) annually. DAVA programs are designed to provide young people with the tools necessary to activate a new vision for community through the arts. Projects encourage youth to develop their imaginations and character, and to step up as future leaders.