Who

We Are

Progressive Arts Alliance offers a different way of looking at the world. We show students and families that they can learn about science, algebra, social studies, and everything – all through the lens of art.

Our Mission

Progressive Arts Alliance brings learning to life through art. Our primary purpose is to use the arts to help children learn, create, imagine, dream, explore, grow, and succeed.

That’s been our mission and purpose since our founding in 2002. Since then, we’ve inspired more than 35,000 students.

Innovative Arts Integration

Our professional artist-educators deepen the learning experience for students and teachers by designing and implementing innovative arts-integrated and arts-based programs.

We inspire students to engage in learning by providing unique and relevant learning experiences using contemporary arts and new media. We nurture creativity through arts education to build critical thinking, creative problem solving, leadership, collaboration, and communication skills.

Progressive Arts Alliance is committed to racial equity and is engaged in work to help dismantle systemic racism and improve the organization for all stakeholders. A racial equity committee of Board and staff members meets regularly and both Board and staff members continue to participate in racial equity trainings and workshops.

At Progressive Arts Alliance, diversity is an integral part of our history, culture, and identity. We strive to create a workplace that reflects the community we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. Creating an inclusive workplace creates a strong organization. We promote and value diversity, so that everyone, from any background, can do their best work.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ and contractors’ differences in age, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other characteristics that make our employees and contractors unique.

The Cleveland Pledge

Progressive Arts Alliance is committed to advancing racial equity and combatting systemic racism as we bring learning to life through art for Cleveland area youth. We understand that we have a unique opportunity to support schools, teachers, and youth and we embrace our responsibility to take a stand against injustice.

In the year ahead, we are committed to:

  • Organizational Diversity through intentional recruitment efforts following a thorough review of internal policies and procedures
  • Staff and Board Support through educational opportunities that increase awareness and help individuals engage as allies
  • Arts-based Programs that allow students to explore issues of racism, equity, and diversity in safe environments with age-appropriate curricula

We look forward to engaging with partners in the community on these initiatives. We invite collaboration as we forge our path ahead in service to a stronger and more equitable community.

Learn more about the Cleveland Pledge