The Audacity Performing Arts Project, Inc. engages Silicon Valley, Title 1 schools in all aspects of inclusion-based theater productions and artistic programming. In collaborative partnerships with school districts, teaching artists, and students, Audacity explores the performing arts at the intersection of technology. Through accessible, quality arts education and experiences, students devise their own path to personal empowerment, self-discovery, and higher education.
The Audacity Performing Arts Project, Inc. is a community, collaborative youth performing arts organization. We profoundly believe in the transformative impression the arts can make on devalued communities. Audacity creates a shared inclusive culture of mutual respect, trust, and responsibility that empowers people. A place where differences are resolved through mindful negotiation.
As a California “public benefit’ company, Audacity acts on behalf of the state of California for the youth we are committed to serving. We are guided by the following fundamentals inspired by El Sistema, an arts education social movement:
“When I say that I am for the square deal, I mean not merely that I stand for fair play under the present rules of the game, but that I stand for having those rules change so as to work for a more substantial equality of opportunity and of reward for equally good service.”
- Theodore Roosevelt
“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.”
- César Chávez
Performing arts education is foundational and not a luxury. Today’s radical funding inequities in Silicon Valley Title 1 schools so profoundly fail to offer equitable opportunities to marginalized students that this has become a critical social justice issue.
“It’s not possible to present an accurate picture of our culture without all the voices of the people in the culture. So at the emerging level, you can’t have a good survey art show without women and artists of color.”
- Frida Kahlo
“I do not believe in the gifted, if students have “ganas” I can make them do it.”
- Jaime Escalante