Sarah Anne Patz at Stix Feb 2014 1Springboard, the St. Louis region’s largest provider of arts and cultural integration and enrichment programs, has nearly 100 years of combined history in the St. Louis area. Springboard is the result of the 2006 merger between Springboard to Learning and Young audiences of St. Louis. We serve more than 55,000 students and teachers in elementary, middle schools and community venues during over 153,000 student contact hours each year. Over 150 distinct programs, taught by knowledgeable teaching partner/artists and content specialists, are available to schools and community organizations throughout the metropolitan area, the eastern half of Missouri, and the Metro East area of Illinois. Springboard has a strong commitment to economically disadvantaged children. Overall, 72 percent of school children served by our programs are economically disadvantaged as defined by state guidelines.

Springboard is a 501(c)(3) organization with a volunteer board of directors, full-time office staff, and a roster of talented teaching partner/artists. It is the St. Louis affiliate of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, a nationwide network committed to integrating the arts and culture into young people’s education. For more information, download our annual report.

Springboard teaching partner/artists are professional musicians, dancers, artists, writers and storytellers, as well as experts in science, literature, and history and culture of foreign lands.

Springboard also provides professional development opportunities that feature engaging activities designed for teachers to take back to the classroom.