Artscope’s mission is to provide a safe and educational environment for children to explore the arts and to strengthen the ties within the Saint Louis community.
OUR CORE VALUES
Our five core values are woven into all our programming, practiced by Artscope’s professional teaching artists and staff, and modeled for all our young participants.
We understand that creativity is a set of skills that are nurtured with lots of opportunity to practice, and developing these skills is critical to a child’s future success. We value each child’s unique ideas and approach to problem solving.
We seek out diverse staff, students, influences and opportunities. We strive to ensure the children and families in Artscope’s programs reflect the diversity of our surrounding Tower Grove community, and St. Louis City.
We look to the natural environment surrounding us in beautiful Tower Grove Park for inspiration. We strive to repurpose, re-imagine and re-use wherever possible as we make art.
We help each other as we create together. We know that sometimes the best thoughts and ideas are generated through the group thinking, dreaming and making together.
We spend as much time as possible engaged in imaginative play, in a technology-free zone. Free play allows us to move our bodies, relax our minds and think up the most creative ideas!
Artscope is an inclusive community. Artscope does not discriminate in its educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran. Artscope prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.
OUR TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Artscope’s philosophy centers around the development of creative skills in young people. At Artscope we believe that creativity is a skill that can be developed with practice, not a special talent a child either has or doesn’t have.
We believe ALL children are creative, and what they need to express their creativity is an opportunity to practice the creative skills that art-making teaches in a supportive and failure-free environment.
By encouraging children to develop an artistic idea and follow it through to a conclusion, using whatever materials and resources are available, we help them build confidence in their own creative abilities.
We also believe in the power of play and the benefits of immersion in nature. At Artscope, children spend as much time outdoors as the weather allows, exploring their surroundings, inventing new games, and connecting with friends. Artscope is also a technology-free zone a rare space in our modern world.