Anthropos Arts is an Austin-based nonprofit organization, 501(c)3, working primarily in the East Austin community to bring top professional musicians into Title I, low-income middle and high schools to offer free music lessons, workshops, master classes, and performance opportunities to economically disadvantaged youth.
Our program draws on the rich pool of very talented musicians here in the “Live Music Capital of the World” and consists of professional instruction as well as opportunities for students to play alongside their mentors in public/professional settings around Austin.
Perhaps most notably – in a district with an average graduation rate of about 60% – students in the Anthropos program have maintained near 100% graduation rate with approximately 80% of those students continuing on to college, most of on full or partial scholarships.
With arts funding constantly at the top of the budget cutting list, Anthropos fulfills a tremendous role in the fine arts education community in Austin. In fact, for the students we serve there is no alternative, as they would not otherwise have access to the private instruction or mentorship our music professionals provide.
- creates opportunities for local professional musicians to serve as mentors to at-risk middle and high school students.
- provides students with an opportunity to see and hear local and touring musicians play through school-wide workshops.
- teaches and focuses on improvisation, jazz theory, and other areas rarely touched in public school music programs.
- encourages students to create, compose, and improvise.
- finds opportunities to combine subjects other than music (i.e. history, geography, math, science) into lessons and workshops
- gets kids on stage! Performing at big events like ACL Fest, Pachanga!, First Night Austin, and at major venues like Stubb’s Amphitheater, et al.