Our Mission, Vision & History
Mission & Vision
Our Mission is to "Expand arts education for all Georgia students" and our Vision is that
"Everyone has access to arts experiences."
ArtsBridge Foundation provides exceptional arts education programs and experiences, which are tied to classroom curriculum and the Georgia Standards of Excellence, to engage, motivate and elevate Georgia's K-12 public, private, charter, and homeschool students.
Through ArtsBridge, we support the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) educational approach and fill a critical gap that many of our schools unfortunately can no longer provide. We understand that the "A" in STEAM - arts education - is crucial to the holistic education and development of students. Extensive research and studies have proven that exposure to the arts increases academic achievement, while enhancing test scores, social skills, critical thinking, and problem solving. It also provides discipline and an environment that breaks down social and cultural barriers while concurrently giving them a chance to explore their talents and abilities.
We believe all of Georgia's K-12 students deserve access to the arts, regardless of their ability to pay. We offer a Financial Aid Program to assist schools and families to eliminate barriers and provide access to the arts via admission and bus transportation subsidy. Our innovative Snack Pack Program, a partnership with HOPE Atlanta, (formerly Action Ministries) helps to eliminate hunger pangs for all students attending a lunchtime Field Trip program at the Cobb Energy Centre. Even more, we follow a principle of I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access), because we are committed to diversity at all levels and of all kinds, and we celebrate the uniqueness and gifts of everyone.
In 2005, ArtsBridge Foundation was founded as the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation to raise funds for the creation of the world-class venue, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (CEPAC). Following a successful capital campaign and the completion of CEPAC in 2007, the Foundation pivoted to focus on its primary mission of conducting outreach and providing arts education for the community. To better align our organizational name and mission, reflecting how we serve as “bridge” to the arts, we fittingly changed our name to “ArtsBridge Foundation” in 2014.
Since 2007, ArtsBridge has engaged over 412,000 K-12 students and educators from 68 Georgia counties (and even five surrounding states!). We offer high-quality, curated programs at the Cobb Energy Centre in the form of Field Trips, Professional Development opportunities (Master Classes, Performing & Visual Arts College Fair, Workshops and more), and the annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards - Shuler Hensley Awards® (nominated for five consecutive Southeast Emmy® Awards with four consecutive wins!) and our newer Snack Pack Program.
With immense gratitude, we recognize our Founding Patrons, whose visionary gifts continue to create a cascade of generosity from individuals, corporations, foundations, and governments. It is because of their foundational support that we can continue to offer high-quality arts education programs to Georgia’s K-12 students.
Anita & Barry Schrenk
Bank of North Georgia
Barbara & Yardy Williams
Brock, Clay, Calhoun & Rogers, PC
Cobb County Board of Commissioners
Cobb Energy Management Corporation
Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority
Comanche Investment Company, LLC
Cumberland Diamond Exchange
David, Helen, and Marian Woodward Fund
Richard D. & Diane Levere
Diversified Trust Comprehensive
Dr. & Mrs. Ronald E. Goldstein
Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family
Earl & Rachel* Smith
Genuine Parts Company
Hardin Construction Company, LLC
Jean & Jack Ward
John A. Williams*
John A. Williams* honoring Kessel D. Stelling, Jr.
John & Marty Gillin
John and Mary Franklin Foundation, Inc.
Martha and Wilton Looney Foundation
Moore, Ingram, Johnson & Steele
Pope & Land Enterprises, Inc.
Robert & Cheryl Moultrie/The Facility Group
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
Seven Oaks Company, LLC
Smallwood Reynolds Steward & Stewart
Sons Auto Group
Sun Trust Directed Funds/Harriet McDaniel Marshall Trust
The Family of Jim & Sally Rhoden
The Marcus Foundation
The Robert Lindner Family
The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc.
Sun Trust Directed Funds/The Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund
Tull Charitable Foundation
Walton Communities, LLC