A Student’s Progress

"There he was, on a stage, singing a song he knew by heart, and this quiet, introspective 18-year old stood up straight and took a huge step down the path of performing music in public." - Ben Wager, ArtSmart mentor

Born To Teach

"I must have some genetic mutation called 'Born Teacher,' as I’ve always taught one thing or another, and teaching is what keeps my creative juices flowing more than anything else."

Growth Through Adversity

In this article, ArtSmart mentor Stacey Geyer shares how her training to become a yoga instructor helped her through her struggles with anxiety, self-judgement and perfectionism.

When Words Fail, Music Speaks

ArtSmart mentor Liana Gineitis' eyes were opened to the power of music when she started performing in assisted living homes for seniors battling Alzheimer's and Dementia.

Renaissance Woman

Chicago based ArtSmart mentor Caitleen Kahn, is a passionate soprano, arts administrator and communicative performer devoted to facilitating universal access to the arts

The Importance Of Mentorship

"If it hadn’t been for my mentors in music, I wouldn’t be where I am today."

From Rock Singer to Opera Bass

Ben Wager Draws Experience From Contemporary and Classical Music

The Power of One-on-one Mentorship – ArtSmart news

The Power of One-on-one Mentorship

Tom Mulder shares his insight as to why the one-on-one mentor relationship is such a special aspect to the ArtSmart program and how it is changing children’s lives.

Music: A Universal Truth – ArtSmart News

Music: A Universal Truth

Read on to see how ArtSmart mentor Scott Purcell was inspired as a young child to pursue a career in music and how he is sharing that inspiration with the next generation of ArtSmart students.

Michael Fabiano ArtSmart article with OperaWire – Photo by James Weber

OperaWire interview with Michael Fabiano

Read OperaWire's interview with ArtSmart co-founder Michael Fabiano


Find out how ArtSmart has made a difference to our students lives and helped them achieve success.

Katelyn – ArtSmart music student


Find out how ArtSmart helped Katelyn develop her singing skills and how her music lessons benefited her emotionally in other school lessons.

Isaias – ArtSmart music student


Read about how ArtSmart has encouraged Isaias to step out of his comfort zone and discover the power that music has to connect with people.

Nevontae – ArtSmart student


Read about Nevontae's ArtSmart experience and how music has helped develop his self-confidence and find unique learning techniques.

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