Getting to the Art of the Matter
Arts Street empowers underserved students to artistic and vocational greatness
Stella Yu founded Arts Street to engage students in the arts, expression and freedom. It provides the opportunity to learn and create to youth whose school life or home life doesn’t afford them an easel, a box of colored pencils, and the space to get out of their heads and into their hearts. Arts Street is also about job-training and practical experience. The program also teaches perseverance, effort, planning, creativity and critical thinking. Students work together to see large art projects and installations through from conception to completion. They call them Team Jobs, and each is designed like a professional contract, allowing the participants to experience working as a team to meet a client’s goals. All of the programs at Arts Street are designed to engage the artistic heart, and to provide the rational mind with valuable experience. Most importantly though, they prove to kids that you can be an artist and make a living.