OUR MISSION

Wilder Minds is a nonprofit public arts and education organization whose mission is to create a safe harbor for under served youth, while also educating the public through art. WM believes that the youth are our future, and programs like this can create generational activists through art education, and service-learning projects. We aim to facilitate lifelong connections and relationships to the communities these students live in.WM focuses on students from Title 1 schools, allowing students from a diverse demographic to create collaborative works of art throughout their community.

OUR HISTORY

Wilder Minds is a nonprofit public arts and education organization whose mission is to create a safe harbor for under served youth, while also educating the public through art. WM believes that the youth are our future, and programs like this can create generational activists through art education, and service-learning projects. We aim to facilitate lifelong connections and relationships to the communities these students live in.

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OUR MISSION

Wilder Minds is a nonprofit public arts and education organization whose mission is to create a safe harbor for under served youth, while also educating the public through art. WM believes that the youth are our future, and programs like this can create generational activists through art education, and service-learning projects. We aim to facilitate lifelong connections and relationships to the communities these students live in.WM focuses on students from Title 1 schools, allowing students from a diverse demographic to create collaborative works of art throughout their community.

WHO WE HELP

There are 126 Title 1 schools in Palm Beach County. Title 1 means, the government provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers of children from low-income families. Therefore, the majority of my demographic has not had a lot of exposure to the arts throughout their community and day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, poverty is a major predictor of defining an at-risk student. Organizations like Wilder Minds have the power to become an advocate for these students through art education. Under-served youth is more at risk of poverty, school failure, risky behavior, and poor health outcomes. (Smith, 2004). Things, such as risky behavior affect the community at large, and often continue a vicious generational cycle. Fortunately, there are benefits shown when these students participate in arts and humanities programs. It is shown that these students are more likely to stay in school and to avoid harmful behaviors/decision making. Art making in a community setting outside of school can build self-confidence and self-esteem in young people; offering solution to the problem. WM believes that the youth are our future, and programs like this can create generational activists through art education, and service-learning projects. We aim to facilitate lifelong connections and relationships to the communities these students live in.

 

COMMUNITY IMPACT

Wilder Minds also focuses on the community beyond its student participants. While adding to the City’s public art collection with public artworks, WM integrates a wide range of art into spaces that are free and accessible to the public. By doing so, we can create more exposure and raise awareness to the arts.  We hope to bring knowledge and appreciation of the arts through direct experiences to the local community. WM believes art can transform a space and invigorate an environment. Every art work made will take into consideration the responsibility it has because public artworks can make bold statements on a community’s identity, and intercultural relations. Community murals can be educational to artists and the community by becoming a platform to voice the struggle of the oppressed. WM ensures their artist-teachers always consider design elements crucial for success; including timelessness, unity and cohesion within diverse communities. We remain that art Artist-Teachers are activists in the process of leading change in their schools and communities.

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