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Recreative Art Center invites and maintains cooperative ventures with organizations that promote healthy activity and volunteerism for adults and at-risk youth.

Axé Capoeira Arizona

Axé Capoeira Arizona, Arizona’s first capoeira academy, is the Phoenix academy of Grupo Axé Capoeira. Now based in Vancouver, B.C., Grupo Axé is a contemporary capoeira group founded by Mestre Barrão in 1982 in the Brazilian town of Recife.

Axé Capoeira Arizona, opened in 2003 by Mestre Barrão’s first North American student, Jay “Camara” Spain, teaches both the Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira and Brazilian dance.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale provides youth development services that instill strong core values and life enhancing skills in a safe environment. The programs help promote healthy lifestyles, good character and academic success.

Since 1954, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has provided quality programs to Northeast Valley youth. In that time, more than 100,000 children and teens have been served. Today, more than 16,000 community youth ages 6 to 18 are served through the organization’s nine branches and twelve outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community, Hualapai Indian Community, and other Northeast Valley neighborhoods.

Camelback High School

Camelback High School, part of the Phoenix Union High School District, is the public high school serving northeast Phoenix; more than ninety percent of its nearly two thousand students are members of minority populations.

Camelback principal Chad Geston, Ed.D., who came to Phoenix with Teach for America and has worked in Phoenix schools ever since, earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Desert Song Yoga

For twenty-five years, Desert Song has been a pioneer in Phoenix, offering the city a renowned yoga, massage and healing arts center based on yogic traditions. Its center offers the Phoenix community our strong tradition and reputation; highly-skilled, caring and professional instructors and therapists; holistic programs, classes and services that focus on development of the body, mind and spirit; a variety of yoga practices from an eclectic blend of Iyengar and Anusara inspired yoga; a warm, inviting, supportive community; and a tranquil environment in the heart of our city.

EPIK Dance Company

EPIK Dance Company is a street fusion dance company specializing in all forms of street and technical dance, including hip hop, breaking, popping, locking, house, punking, modern, contemporary, lyrical, and jazz. EPIK is a collection of uniquely gifted dancers, choreographers, and teachers who are passionate about their art form and sharing it with others.

EPIK Dance Company is an Arizona 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting and uplifting people by sharing their love of music, movement, and the arts. Its goal is to promote and foster an appreciation for the performing arts within the community. They also promote diversity, expression, and positivity through their performances, workshops, and appearances.

Florence Crittenton

Florence Crittenton of Arizona is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served Arizona’s youth and their families for well more than a century. Today it offer a comprehensive continuum of care designed to help at-risk girls from 12 to 21 overcome issues of abuse, neglect, teen pregnancy, teen parenting, and behavioral and/or mental health problems.

Florence Crittenton also delivers charter education for students in grades 9–12, as well as community-based services for youth and families. The Crittenton Youth Academy, Independent Living & Life Skills, and collaborative programs extend Florence Crittenton’s innovative programming to boys as well as girls.

Most important, Florence Crittenton creates safe environments where youth, young adults, and families can discover the support of a caring community and the possibility of a bright new future.

Free Arts of Arizona

Free Arts of Arizona is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings the healing powers of the creative arts to abused, neglected and homeless children by partnering with over 100 group homes, treatment centers and shelters in Maricopa County.

By recruiting creative volunteers to share their talents in the visual arts, music, theater, dance, creative writing and other artistic projects, Free Arts of Arizona helps children build self-esteem by unlocking their imaginations.

Many of the children Free Arts serves have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect, and have been placed by the state into a group home. Still other children live with one parent in a domestic violence shelter or both parents in a homeless shelter. Some children live in residential treatment centers where they work to conquer painful issues of physical and sexual abuse, substance abuse, and violence.

The creative arts give children a way to identify their emotions and express them through a positive medium. The creative arts give children the tools they need to improve self-esteem and social skills. The creative arts give children a voice.

Odyssey of the Mind After School

Odyssey of the Mind After School is dedicated to providing access to the creative problem-solving program that encourages students to be as creative as possible using STEM and presenting solutions using the arts. Student teams work on solutions to long-term challenges and practice spontaneous problems to become fluent problem-solvers.

Phonetic Spit

Phonetic Spit creates a safe space to empower young people to become driven and contributing citizens of the world using the arts of hip hop and poetry in an effort to combat illiteracy, cultural alienation, and silence.

Spit is a slang term meaning ‘to bust a rhyme’ or ‘to freestyle,’ here also used to denote the action of mastering one’s own language for the purposes of healing and enlightenment.

Phonetic Spit has strategically aligned itself with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Free Arts of Arizona to provide poetry and spoken word workshops to over thirty high schools and community centers a year. In addition to these programs Phonetic Spits offers a twice a month youth poetry slam where youth have the opportunity to progressively express themselves and earn an opportunity to compete in the annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam.

Weehawken Creative Arts and Education

A Colorado 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Weehawken Creative Arts offers arts and cultural classes, lectures, and events to adults and children year-round in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado.

Weehawken offers classes and programs that include: visual arts/fine arts, fiber arts, photography, crafts, creative writing, culinary arts, children’s art, horticulture, miscellaneous topics tied to the creative process, and performing arts including a full dance program. In 2010, Weehawken offered 325 different classes to the public.