ArtCorps is a grassroots movement to reclaim the arts in public school education. By establishing strong connections between art, education, and the community, ArtCorps increases student’s opportunities for creative engagement in schools, allowing for a more rigorous and well-rounded education. Our programs foster artist’s habits of mind--skills of inquiry and imagination that enliven student’s to break boundaries and embrace their expressions. Through the work of AmeriCorps VISTA members, RedLine bolsters the educational and extracurricular arts programs beginning at Whittier ECE-8, an under-resourced school in RedLine’s community of Five Points. 

Three Tiers of ArtCorps

Mentoring: ArtCorps mentoring uses one-on-one mentoring to provide a safe environment for students to explore the arts while creating connections with a trusted adult figure. Selected students have the opportunity to work with a professional artist to create a year-long art project that investigates social justice issues. The program gives students a practical way to approach issues with the inquiring mind of an artist.

Interested in becoming an artist mentor? Email Hayley at

Community Engagement: Through intentional community collaboration, ArtCorps leverages resources, engages neighborhood families, and creates cross-sector collaborations that support the arts at Whittier ECE-8 School and in Five Points. We utilize a needs-based approach to community engagement by surveying the teachers, students, staff, parents, and residents about their hopes and dreams for the school and community. 

Arts Integration: Arts integration is a fundamental shift in the culture of learning. The approach engages and motivates otherwise underperforming populations by providing multiple modes for demonstrating learning and competency.  ArtCorps invests in the creative capitol of the community to develop a transformational learning experience that develops social awareness by creating access to dance, music, theater, and visual arts