Who We Are

Mission

Move Youth Arts provides tools to motivate, inspire, and assist youth in developing artistic expression and personal empowerment. Together, we move through our personal, social, and global obstacles in creative ways.

Move's programs allow youth to develop an inquiry into themselves, their personal and cultural history and their dialogue with the world. The program provides education and training in a variety of visual and performing arts, drawing on ancient traditions and contemporary forms. Our program seeks to bring together youth from various social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Together we have created a unique program for personal development and empowerment through arts education.

Background

The 418 Project in Santa Cruz, a non-profit 501c3 arts organization, serves as the umbrella organization for MOVE MOVE fulfills a crucial gap in arts education by providing innovative, cost effective programs and classroom instruction in Visual Arts, Music, Dance and Health..

Move Youth Arts is an innovative, cost-effective arts education organization serving youth and 'at-risk' youth. Move Youth Arts provides tools to motivate, inspire, and assist youth in developing artistic expression and personal empowerment. Alaya Heather Frey and artists in the community in collaboration with the 418 Project founded Move Youth Arts in 2004.

Drawing on the vibrant arts community in Santa Cruz County, Move Youth Arts presents youth with creative alternatives to self-exploration, self-expression, and empowerment. Teachers from the community bring a fresh perspective into the alternative high school environment and students are responding positively.

Move Youth Arts has existed for over 5 years through a contract with the County Office of Education, Alternative Education department, which serves Santa Cruz County. The program has held classes at the following schools: Star Community, Yes, Juvenile Hall, Caesar Chaves, The Cottage (formally Vista), Dewitt Anderson, and Escuela Quetzal.