As we’ve explored this month, creativity is about more than making art and expressing yourself. Creativity has true value, and the ability to think creatively has a lifelong impact on your success.
That’s why I love these organizations that are fostering creativity in children across the country. Read all about them — and if you’re so inclined, consider getting involved or showing them some support. Because we all benefit when children are allowed to explore their creativity.
This awesome nonprofit provides arts education programs to students aged 7-13 throughout Chicago, focused on storytelling, theater and social-emotional skills.
Barrel of Monkeys teaches creative writing in underfunded schools, and each week, its “grownup” actors perform short sketches written by its students. Its tagline: “Celebrating the Power of Children’s Imaginations Since 1993.” Love this concept? Support them here.
Art with Heart uses creativity to support the emotional wellbeing of children affected by hardship. It creates healing, therapeutic books that help teens express themselves, and it offers local programs for local children. Check them out and purchase their books here.
826 encourages the exploration of endless possibility through the power of writing. (Talk about an organization after my own heart!)
It has national chapters that provide under-resourced students with opportunities to explore their creativity and writing, such as tutoring, workshops, the Young Authors’ Book Project and in-school programs.
The coolest part? Its 826NYC location is the storefront for Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co., which sells SUPERPOWERS (for real!), costumes, gifts, toys, posters and more to support the nonprofit. Shop it here!
This awesome place’s mission is to foster the next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and leaders through hands-on, creativity-enhancing exploration. Its goal? “Today’s children become tomorrow’s visionaries.”
Holy moly this looks awesome. CircEsteem provides a unique place for kids from diverse backgrounds to come together and build self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice and performance of circus arts (!!).
It offers after-school programs, HomeWork & CircusWork, and even runs birthday parties and workshops. Support their mission here.
This organization uses the arts to foster peace. Kids Creative offers arts-based, peace education programs through summer camps, after-school programs and workshops.
The vision is that a better, more peaceful future is achievable by teaching youth the creative, critical-thinking and social skills necessary to make peace within themselves and in society. Find out more and support their efforts!
Arts@Large brings students and artists together in experiential, arts-infused learning. It fuses arts and academics through different programs like Cafe@Large (its student-led coffee house), Fill The Gaps (arts education that places artist educators in schools) and more. You can support them here.
This organization pairs professional teaching artists with a classroom teacher to guide students in the process of writing a play. Then, various professional and university theater companies in the area develop and co-produce performances of the students’ plays.
MusicLink provides musical training to promising children in financial need across the country. Children receive lessons, performance opportunities and attend camps for a reduced rate. They also supply musical instruments to children. Learn more!
What an awesome idea (and, an awesome website). Art of Recycle develops, heals and grows community through recycled art.
It teaches people how to create “art with purpose” reusing discarded, unwanted and excess items in order to create generations of artists and crafters who are more environmentally conscious. Support this mission here.
Those are just a few of the organizations devoting to boosting creativity in our children. Do you have any to add? Post them in the comments in below, or join the conversation on Facebook and Instagram.
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