While the arts have faced cutbacks in many schools, Artivate ensures that creativity has a place to grow and flourish. Since 1995, through alliances with artists, arts organizations, museums, community-based groups, and service agencies, it has brought culturally diverse programs – in theater, dance, drawing, and singing – directly to DC-area schools and communities. Over 200,000 audience members experienced 1,500 cultural arts performances and artists' workshops in this year alone. Project Youth ArtReach also brings the arts into area detention and correctional facilities, and provides mentorships to incarcerated youth. Equally dedicated to arts and artists, Artivate offers employment and resources to over 60 performers, writers, and creators. In the words of one participant, art not only frees our bodies, it relieves us from the confinement of our minds. Let’s give every child the freedom to express and create.