ABOUT US


ARTS EXPRESS VALUES: THE 3 E’s and 3 C’s

EDUCATE

We believe in the value of life-long learning through the arts and our responsibility to preserve and pass on the fundamental skills involved in individual artistic expression to future generations.

EMPOWER

Based on empirical data, we believe that arts education enhances student achievement, increases self-esteem and actively empowers students; connecting them with school, their community and life.

ENTERTAIN

We believe that quality entertainment plays a vital role in arts education since performance is the goal for mastery of artistic skill and provides a framework for developing mentors and role models.

CHARACTER

We believe in the transformational power of the arts to build character through healthy lifestyle choices, critical thinking and understanding and, with this in mind, will develop and maintain programs and events with high standards of excellence.

COMMUNITY

We believe that the arts are central to the sustained vitality of our community and therefore explore new ideas and invest in new collaborations and partnerships with artists, businesses, government, educational institutions, churches and other arts organizations.

CULTURE

We believe that the arts are a valuable catalyst for learning about one’s own culture and that of others, thus encouraging civic engagement and bridging racial, cultural, social, economic, religious and generational divides.

Through the power of the arts, Arts Express unites diverse people of all ages, cultural backgrounds and income brackets as cast and crew as well as audience members.Serving over 20,000 annually, Arts Express operationalizes its mission through a performing arts continuum, ranging from the following introductory to advanced programs:

ARTS EXPRESS PROGRAMS

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
(Grades K-9)
 
COMMUNITY THEATRE
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL AND DICKENS FESTIVAL
  • BUILDING careACTOR PRODUCTION
  • ARTS AMERICA SUMMER STOCK
  • LET FREEDOM SING AND SOUNDS OF AMERICA CELEBRATION

 

 

The Arts Express has gained a reputation for the quality of its productions. Excellence is achieved through recruitment and retainment of high caliber production team and cast members, involving professionals and students in a collaborative creative process.  Using Masters Classes, Cast/Crew Mentoring and Administrative Internships, these productions place the student elbow-to-elbow with professionals, providing a learning-feedback platform that connects the arts to the real world. Students work alongside professionals in both the rehearsal room and the administrative offices, learning problem-solving and leadership skills while gaining experience in all aspects of creating, producing, financing and marketing a show.  Eighty-six percent of Arts Express students need financial assistance to participate.  With your support, we strive to reach the under-served, so that EVERYONE can experience the arts’ life-changing potential. 

 

ARTS EXPRESS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gail Kolenda, President

Lendre Kearns, Vice President

Warren Hatcher, Treasurer

Karen Yanes, Secretary

James Barnhart

Melanie Clark

Joyce Dillon

Diane Kephart-Cragg

Gary Lotze

Jennifer Morehead

Jeff Polley

John Spangler

Karen Wiese, Executive Director