Contemporary Arts-in-Education


Progressive Arts Alliance envisions a community where all young people have access to high quality arts learning opportunities that ignite their passion, open their minds, inspire them to create, and empower them to pursue their own successful futures.


Progressive Arts Alliance inspires students to reach their full potential by providing unique and relevant learning experiences using contemporary arts and 21st century media.


We achieve our aspirations through:


-Community that brings together youth from varied backgrounds to collaborate and create high quality media and artistic expressions;

-Collaborations with other organizations to deliver unique learning experiences across a wide array of art forms in diverse settings;

-Expertise in the best artists as partners to a diverse network of schools, including those focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

-Into learning experiences that develop students' 21st century skills;

-Into a teaching method that enables students to find and use their voice;

-Into collaborative work with classroom teachers that increases academic achievement.



Since 2002, Progressive Arts Alliance has been exciting students, teachers, and the general public with dynamic arts-in-education programs that showcase the depth and scope of the contemporary arts.

PAA is a 501(c)(3) organization and a collective of contemporary artists with a deep commitment to dynamic arts education. PAA programs include performances, workshops, residencies, and camps focused on the contemporary arts. We seek to make the arts accessible to students of all ages regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, education, or income level.

Progressive Arts Alliance has served over 20,000 students in schools, community centers, libraries, and other community spaces.


Progressive Arts Alliance's work is built on a passionate commitment to positive social change that embraces the following values:

-Teaching in and through the contemporary arts and 21st century media expands the field of arts education and taps into diverse learning styles;

-Harnessing the artistic expressions of hip-hop culture as a platform for positive self-expression and critical media literacy is an essential component of an expanded arts education field;

-Nurturing creativity through arts education builds critical thinking, creative problem solving, leadership, collaboration, and communication skills;

-Integrating contemporary arts and media with STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] subjects is a powerful way to increase academic rigor and encourage complex problem solving in a real world context.