About

 

Our mission is to educate, empower and unite communities by increasing access to the arts in traditional and nontraditional settings

 

Our Story

FOKUS increases the awareness of and access to art disciplines by providing unique ways for people of all ages to access the arts. Our primary goal is to allow individuals to understand what their creative talents are and apply this knowledge to their educational, professional, and personal life.

We’ve created and exposed communities to the arts through SmARTs educational programs, community events, curation, consultancy, and an online magazine.

 

SmARTs educational programming

SmARTs (Success Made through the Arts) is FOKUS’ arts education programming that develops essential life skills through the exploration and creation of art. 

FOKUS partners with schools and community organizations to design and teach curricula that build awareness of and develop fundamental skills in varying art disciplines such as visual arts, poetry, creative writing, and dance. Additionally, through SmARTs, we provide soft-skill development.

 

Moments

FOKUS introduces artists and communities to each other through engaging short-run event programs called Moments. The goals are twofold: to create bridges between underserved communities and art and provide emerging artists with the support to reach wider audiences.

Moments include art exhibits, concerts, film screenings, panels, workshops, and more, aimed to increase participation in artistic fields by traditionally under-represented communities through exposure to this diversity of expression.

 

INSIGHT Magazine

INSIGHT is a digital art magazine that showcases creatives from all disciplines. Based on the concept that art defines cultures and civilizations, we provide insight into the artists who are shaping our culture through their work today. FOKUS curates this magazine to provide insight into people who are creating art, traditional and non-traditional, in their own way.

 

 

Our Previous Work

Below is a short list of people, organizations, and companies we have worked:

Crazy Legs
PopMaster Fabel
Dream Hampton
Jeff Chang
Va$htie Kola
Gene Pendon
Issa Rae
Michael Skolnik
Paola Mendoza
Oscar Torres
Alice Mizrachi
Rick Midler
Keys N Krates
Kidz in the Hall
Si*Se
Janelle Monae
John Legend
Saul Williams
Jeff Chang
Justin Bua
Kool DJ Red Alert
Lupe Fiasco
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Slum Village
The Hot 8
Astronomical Kid
Darren Criss
Invincible
Pattern Is Movement
ScienZe
Arts at Michigan
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn Bodega
Citizen Schools
Five Myles Gallery
Fulton Area Business Alliance
The Myrtle Ave Brooklyn Partnership
La Cima Charter School
StoryCorps
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
NYU's Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
RBSCC Career Pathways & Homebase
Scratch DJ Academy
ARTs East New York
MESA at The University of Michigan
OAMI at The Unversity of Michigan
University of Michigan's Trotter Multicultural Center

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