of Music and the Arts
ELPC’s Arts Education Outreach Program
Founded in 1999 to bring arts to children and youth in our community, Hope Academy of Music and the Arts is an outreach program that offers a safe place where young people of diverse ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds can further their personal and artistic growth through the study and performance of theater, music, and dance.
Hope Academy impacts the lives of more than 350 children and their families a year, giving students the opportunity to discover hidden skills and talents, and build self-esteem in a supportive, caring environment. The community problem that we address is the lack of opportunity for underserved youth to participate in the arts due to limited family resources and cutbacks in arts programming in schools. The strength and uniqueness of our programming is derived from the partnerships we have developed with some of the city’s finest artists and cultural organizations.
With a core focus on excellence, our holistic approach to training and education uses the arts as a vehicle for young people to learn discipline and life skills. We strive to make the arts more affordable, accessible and not a matter of privilege because we believe that in the process of learning how to do and make art, something mysterious and profoundly beautiful happens — a blossoming that begins when a child has a glimpse of who she or he is meant to be; because it is through the arts we come to know others and ourselves in the fullness of our humanity.
Linda Addlespurger, Program Director
Karly ThreetS, Administrative Assistant
Registration, payroll, weekly schedule updates and room assignments
Phone: 412.441.3800 x117