Invest in the children of Rhode Island today!

Despite clear correlation between arts involvement and academic performance, arts programs are often the first to get cut from the budget in K-12 schools. Help students succeed in school, work and life.

Donations of $2500+ ensure that individual schools of your choice participate in the FirstWorks Arts Learning Program over the full academic year.

Arts involvement has been correlated to lower drop out and absenteeism rates, higher GPAs and better standardized test scores, boosting academic achievement, building pathways to college, and closing the achievement gap between low-income students and their more privileged peers.

Arts Learning Program Overview

• Integrates arts and core curricula

• Fosters success in school, work, and life

• Creates access to and equity in learning

• Empowers students to find their voices through art and creativity

• Connects students with world-class artists like Yo-Yo Ma, Rosanne Cash, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philip Glass, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Savion Glover, Kronos Quartet and more!

• Engages students in the classroom setting with arts to enhance academic performance

• Free for under-resourced schools with large minority and low-income student populations


Program Components

• Professional development, training & specially-designed curricula guides for teachers

• In-school, artist-led workshops

• School-time Arts Learning Matinee performances by master artists in performing arts venues

• Firsts-for-All programming for students with disabilities

• Access to public performances & festivals in the Creative Capital via free or discounted tickets for students and their families

• Teen Correspondents Program for high schoolers to express their own perspectives of performing arts experiences through photography, video, writing and performance

To Adopt-A-School today, click here to make a donation of $2500+ or call Isabelle Tadmoury, FirstWorks Director of Development at 401.421.4278 to discuss the benefiting school of your choice.