Thursday, August 30, 2007

Community Art Program Statement of Purpose (recently composed)

Ayuda Community Center’s Mission Statement:

Our mission is to reveal Jesus’ mercy, restoration, and justice in Hunting Park so that families and neighborhoods are transformed. We seek to accomplish this mission through community development efforts, direct services and advocacy. Restoring lives; rebuilding families, redeeming communities.

Community Art Program’s Mission Statement:

Our mission is to seek the transformation of our neighborhood by developing the existing creativity within the community members of Hunting Park and provide a medium through which that creativity can be expressed.

We seek to accomplish this mission by providing the following direct services:

  • art training and mentor relationships for youth
  • art exposure and skill building workshops for adults
  • coordinating the execution of public works of art for the beautification of our neighborhood which are completed as a collaboration of the residents of Hunting Park and specialized artists

Ayuda Community Center is committed to the families in our neighborhood and their prospects for a hopeful future. We are determined to focus on academic success, educational attainment, spiritual development, and overall enrichment for the residents of Hunting Park, young and old alike, to the absolute best of our ability. As we seek to serve the whole person, we believe that artistic expression plays an important role in the development of the whole person. Ayuda believes access to creative expression helps strengthen struggling communities and contributes to the declination of poverty rates, especially in neighborhoods like Hunting Park. The Community Arts Program at Ayuda seeks to “fill the gap” and become part of the city-wide effort in Philadelphia to provide mediums of artistic and cultural expression to all of its residents.

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