We envision a Rhode Island where all children and youth have access to rich and challenging arts learning opportunities in their homes, schools, and communities, thus enabling them to become creative and critical thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens, and knowledgeable adults. This mission of the Rhode Island Arts Learning Network has focused and driven our work across the state. Through our network structure, we support and connect the three worlds in which children learn–home, school, and community.
The need to examine the role of the arts in education reform was originally raised at the Brown University/ Providence Journal Public Policy Conference on the Arts, held in February 1997. State policymakers, including then Governor Lincoln Almond, articulated the need for a more systematic look at how the arts are serving the public in Rhode Island, including the education of our children.