|Our mission||Foluké Cultural Arts Center, Centrals ONLY community arts center, is committed to making performing arts and arts education available to all, particularly those who live in "underserved" areas. The programming of Foluké is family oriented with focus on at-risk children and youth. The goal is to provide positive alternatives to negative behaviors by instilling discipline, self-pride and boosting self-confidence through self-expression and self-discovery. Foluké Cultural Arts offers instruction and exposure to the performing and visual arts, and arts education for all ages, regardless of race, religious affiliation or economic background. The vision of Foluké Cultural Arts is to provide arts services to the greater Cleveland area with a special commitment to the Central 'Promise' Neighborhood, and a goal to utilize the arts to serve as a catalyst for academic achievement, socio-economic development and community pride.|
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|About us||Foluké Cultural Arts Center, a Promise Partner, is part of a collective impact initiative at work to transform the educational and developmental outcomes of the children in Cleveland's Central Promise Neighborhood. Organized in 2002 in Cleveland Ohio, FolukéArts became a non-profit organization in 2003 providing classes in dance through partnership with the Cleveland School of the Arts Dance Dept. In 2006 FolukéArts focused its efforts to the at-risk youth in the Central Promise Neighborhood creating its Integrated Arts Education Program called 'ArtsLinc', adding Visual Arts, Theater and Music Classes. Since 2006 in school residencies at George Washington Carver School, after school and summer classes were implemented via partnerships with public housing, churches, and neighborhood centers all located in the Central Neighborhood. FolukéArts is a member of: The Central Coordinating Council for Youth Development; A Cleveland Central Promise Partner/Stakeholder; Cleveland Neighborhood Arts, the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the African American Artist Alliance, and the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD). The targeted population of 20,496 in Cleveland (Central) Ward 5, an empowerment zone/enterprise community, is primarily young, black, and poor. Families are dominated by 2,597 single mothers. Central's oldest and youngest residents are much poorer than their counterparts in the greater Cleveland area, and reside in the largest concentration of public housing. According to a 2012- 5yr Census est. 19,298 of its residents have incomes below $12,000. FolukeARTS staff has received training thru the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute, Catalyzing Creative Aging Institute, and The Cuyahoga County Youth Work Institute at Case Western Reserve Weatherhead School of Business Management. FolukeARTS Executive Director was one of seven people nationwide chosen to receive the 2019 Milestone award from the National Guild for Community Arts Education for longstanding, exceptional service to the community arts education field.|