Urban Arts Academy

Mission Statement

Urban Arts brings together youth and families from diverse cultures and backgrounds to develop the gifts of self-expression and community through creative experiences in the arts.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments UAA served 449 students through preschool, After-school, High School , Summer programs and Release days programming. In addition to learning a lot about art, social and racial justice through our Artist of the Month Curriculum, our students, thru pre and post surveys, showed that 90% achieved the follwing outcomes: Top 3 anticipated program outcomes: 1. Increase interest in school, the arts, and life-long learning to create success that bridges other learning areas. 2. Increase personal, social, academic and life-skills to support students in positive, productive living instead of engaging in negative peer influences and juvenile offenses. 3. Decrease non-productive behaviors by increasing behavioral supports for disadvantaged students who are not otherwise being reached and who often experience behavioral problems in traditional classroom settings. In addition, the following are the results of our evaluator's YPQA report: Summary of Scales 4.7 I – Safe Environment 5.0 Emotional Safety 5.0 Healthy Environment 5.0 Emergency Preparedness 4.8 Accommodating Environment 5.0 Nourishment 5.0 II – Supportive Environment 5.0 Warm Welcome 5.0 Session Flow 5.0 Active Engagement 5.0 Skill-Building 5.0 Encouragement 5.0 Reframing Conflict NA III – Interaction - 4.2 Belonging 4.3 Collaboration 5.0 Leadership 3.0 Adult Partners 4.5 IV – Engagement 4.5 Planning 4.0 Choice 5.0 Reflection 4.5
Current Goals Our programs include: Arts Expression Classes with hands-on exploration of art forms including 2D, 3D, mixed-media, sculpture, environmental arts, performance arts and even culinary arts! Arts-Infused Learning with hands-on educational and cultural activities that address core academic content while addressing unique learning styles that are often overlooked in traditional classrooms. Community Building with a focus on cooperative learning, communication and interpersonal skills while addressing social issues through small group and community art activities. At the Urban Arts Academy, your child can develop positive relationships through the Arts, which provide a language that cuts across racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers while enhancing cultural appreciation and awareness.
Community or Constituency Served We primarily serve families from the Bancroft, Bryant, Central and Powderhorn neighborhoods in South Minneapolis, but we often have people coming from other parts of Minneapolis, especially in our summer programs. We serve 3-18 years old in our preschool , After-school, High school and Summer programs.
Geographic Area Served We primarily serve families from the Bancroft, Bryant, Central and Powderhorn neighborhoods in South Minneapolis, but we often have people coming from other parts of Minneapolis, especially in our summer programs.

Reports & Finances

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Our preschool program runs Monday-Friday,"9":00 am to 12:30 pm. Families can choose the combination of 2 days, 3 days, or 5 days, mornings, afternoons, and full days that works best for their schedule. We also offer before care from 7:30 am to 9:00 am, and after-care from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Our preschool is licensed is licensed by DHS and Parent Aware rated. The program offers: guidance of teachers and artists who respect the creativity and diversity of each child; small class sizes in a warm, nurturing environment that puts the needs of the children first; a weekday arts-intensive program for children ages 3-5. We build sculptures, work in clay, speak Spanish, play drums, dance to music, and most of all, have a great deal of fun!:
Summer camps are a weekly themes art summer camp program for children and youth ages 3-14 to explore the arts.:
A primary program at Urban Arts is After School Arts which is an arts based learning program. We also started second year a High School program that meets twice a month on the weekends.:
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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 12/21/2018

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3901 Chicago avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407-2614
Phone: 612-827-1641

General Information

Alternative Name: UAA
EIN: 41-2016187
Principal Staff: Tamar Ghidalia
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 10.83
Number of Volunteers: 100
Number of Clients: About 450
Ruling Year: 2002


Board Chair: Judi Linder
Number of Board Members: 8
Board Meetings with Quorum: 10
Average Member Attendance: 7.8

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