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DAVA is not just an art program, it is an island of creativity within an inner city community. DAVA students are our greatest inspiration, adding to and informing every decision we make. This ensures a sense of ownership in a cutting-edge curriculum built on input from the organization’s vibrant multi-cultural population.
Our on-site programs are designed to flow sequentially, so that students have access to dynamic, year-round arts programming until they graduate from high school.
Family Arts, for ages 3-6, is an inter-generational program designed to increase pre-literacy, creative, and motor skills in a neighborhood where most children do not have access to preschool.
The OASIS Studio provides a drop-in, experimental space for students ages 7-17 after school. The majority of participants come from local elementary schools.
Middle School Job Training programs address key developmental years between the ages of 11–14 through more advanced arts learning and community involvement. High School Junior Staff take part in studio management, exhibit installation, and teaching younger students.
All artwork is shown in DAVA’s dedicated Gallery space, which is used as an educational and outreach tool offering five exhibits per year of student work along with visiting artists to our programs.