We have some fantastic news to share with you! Effective July, 1, 2021 WhyArts and Arts In Motion (AiM) will become one organization using the WhyArts name.
Our missions, goals, programs and operations are similar. The audiences and community partners we serve are aligned and our roster of professional teaching artists blend together beautifully. We are excited to take our partnership to the next level by merging to become one unified organization.
Arts in Motion is best known for the nationally recognized Dancing Classrooms which reaches almost 1,500 local students a year. The program teaches cultural dancing along with social emotional learning skills. Students learn kindness, respect, partnering, sharing and inclusion all while doing the waltz or foxtrot. AiM also brings with them their senior Golden Ballroom programming and Saturday Academy for advanced students of Dancing Classrooms. Together we have developed Across the Floor which is a movement program for adults and children with disabilities. All of this programming reaches right into the heart of WhyArts’ mission and helps us to grow our pallet of programming.
Both organizations are coming together from positions of strength and were poised for growth thanks to legacies of strong leadership. WhyArts acknowledges Carolyn Anderson and her 18 years of dedication to WhyArts that helped to bring us to this point.
Together, we will serve more diverse members of our community and continue to help our community partners achieve their missions. By joining forces we proactively avoid redundant overhead expenses so more funding will go directly to support our collective programs.
We are united in our missions, and stronger together.
We will continue to share more about the programming and plans made possible by this merger. We will also celebrate at a public event this fall (more on that later) where we know there will be cake, hugs and dancing!!
Until then, thank you for your past support of WhyArts. We are grateful to have you beside us as we embark on this exciting new chapter!