"What thoughts are to the individual, art is to the community as a whole. That's where you reflect on who you are, who you hope to be, what you've gone through, and where you hope to go."
Transformative Arts Project is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit created to facilitate empowering art-based programs that amplify the voices and lived experiences of historically marginalized communities while honoring individual and collective stories that emerge through art.
Our Mission: Transformative Arts Projects' (TAP) mission is to empower communities through art; while fostering personal agency and a sense of community, belonging, and social impact through artistic expression and visual storytelling.
Our guiding mission is to use the power of art to empower communities, particularly those historically marginalized. Our goal is to elevate community voices, providing them with a creative platform for self-expression. We seek to foster personal agency, instill a sense of shared community and belonging, and facilitate social impact via artistic methods and visual storytelling. In doing so, we seek to create a platform for their voice to inspire a broader societal understanding and appreciation for their unique perspectives and experiences, thereby dismantling biases and stigmas associated with communities.
Transformative Arts Project envisions a world that celebrates and elevates the voices and experiences of all people through artistic expression.
At the Transformative Arts Project, we hold our core values dear, and they spell out "CARE." Our commitment to Community means fostering inclusivity and collaboration. The letter A represents our dedication to the transformative power of the Arts. We believe in building Resilience and empowering individuals and communities (E). These values guide our mission to create an environment where the unique stories and experiences of all people are celebrated and amplified through artistic expression.
C = Community: Within the Transformative Arts Project, "Community" signifies our commitment to creating inclusive and supportive spaces where individuals from diverse backgrounds come together. We aim to build a strong sense of belonging, collaboration, and shared purpose among all participants and stakeholders.
A = Arts: "Arts" is at the heart of our work, highlighting our dedication to leveraging various forms of creative expression, from visual arts to performing arts. We recognize the power of artistic endeavors to inspire, heal, communicate, and convey the unique stories and experiences of our communities.
R = Resilience: Resilience is a fundamental value within the Transformative Arts Project. We believe in fostering emotional strength, adaptability, and the capacity to bounce back from adversity. Our programs and initiatives aim to empower individuals and communities to overcome challenges and grow stronger through art and self-expression.
E = Empowerment: Empowerment is a central pillar of our mission. We are dedicated to providing individuals with the tools, knowledge, and support they need to take control of their lives, make informed decisions, and become agents of positive change. Through creative expression and community involvement, we promote a sense of self-determination and personal agency.
These core values, specific to the Transformative Arts Project, guide our vision and mission to empower communities through artistic expression and foster a resilient, supportive, and inclusive environment.