Our mission is to serve students in under-resourced communities with arts education by paid, professional mentors. We believe arts education is a necessary and critical part of cognitive, emotional, and academic development— and where our curriculum-based US education system often falls short. This most notably impacts students in under-resourced communities who often lack access to arts-based classes.

  • Free lessons by trained, professional artist mentors

  • Emphasis on mental health & social-emotional skills

  • Rigorous tracking of student outcomes | Learn more

Annual Report

ArtSmart is in the second year of a longitudinal study with WRG Institutional Review Board, tracking the long-term impact of ArtSmart and arts education more broadly on our students. This is a unique study for a nonprofit to conduct, and we’re proud to be leading the charge for the industry. The results show a growing correlation between consistent arts education with a mentor and improved mental health, belief in oneself, academic success and college attendance rates.


Partner Schools

Since opening in 2016, ArtSmart has served over 980 students and operated in 33 Title 1 schools across seven US cities.

Professional Mentors

ArtSmart has employed 76 artist mentors, paying over $1.4 million in dependable income.

Music lessons

ArtSmart has provided over 42,000 free music lessons to students across the United States. This equals 30,000 hours of mentorship.

92% of ArtSmart students attend Title 1 Schools.

88% of ArtSmart students identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color.

43% of students identify as LGBTQ+.

Our impact

Creating Purpose and Passion

Students who have access to arts education, especially when delivered one-to-one or in small-group settings, have improved mental health, self-confidence, and academic success, all of which paves the way to a bright and vibrant future.

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Encouraging Academic Excellence

100% of ArtSmart’s 2022 graduating class of 65 students completed high school, and 90% went on to college.

Making Vocal Progress

94% of students say they are happy with the vocal progress they made during the program year.

Improving Mental Health 

83% of students say their music lessons have had a positive impact on their mental health.

Bridging the Lessons Gap 

80% of families in the program say that without ArtSmart, they would not be able to afford private music lessons.

Building Professional Pathways

70% of students say the program impacted their future plans or goals, and over half (52%) of graduating students go on to study the arts at a college or university.

Promoting Creative Development 

x2 The percent of students who strongly agree that they are talented more than doubled from September.

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Katelyn – ArtSmart music student


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Isaias – ArtSmart music student


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Nevontae – ArtSmart student


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