About Arts4All Florida
A private not-for-profit organization, Arts4All Florida conducts art education programs in schools, Department of Juvenile Justice facilities, and community centers; promotes the accomplishments of artists with disabilities through our artist registry, exhibitions, and performances; and increases access to the arts through professional learning workshops. Arts4All Florida is headquartered in the College of Education at the University of South Florida.
Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles
The mission of Arts4All Florida is to provide, support and champion arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities. Our vision is to create a world in which the arts are universally accessible.
All of Arts4All Florida's programs align with our four guiding principles:
All Floridians with disabilities deserve access to appropriate arts education and cultural experiences.
All artists in schools and art educators should receive appropriate training and support to provide accessible instruction.
All cultural organizations should ensure their events, facilities and activities are completely accessible to Floridians with disabilities.
All individuals with disabilities who aspire to careers in the arts deserve opportunities to develop, strengthen and monetize their skills.
For over 40 years, Arts4All Florida has provided programs that make it possible for people with disabilities to contribute to the social, cultural, and economic life of Florida. Our programs have demonstrated success in increasing artistic skills, fostering creativity, promoting social skills, creating self-confidence, teaching marketable skills, and providing new ways of communication for people with disabilities. In fact, for our most recent program year:
92% of teachers reported the Arts4All Florida art activities helped most or almost all students express themselves in new ways.
96% of teachers said students met the National Core Art Standard of conveying meaning through artistic work.
92% of teachers felt the residency art lessons helped most or almost all students increase their willingness to try new things.