Springboard to Learning is the St. Louis region’s largest provider of arts and cultural integration and enrichment programs. The result of the 2006 merger between Springboard to Learning and Young Audiences of St. Louis, it has nearly 100 years of combined history in the St. Louis area.
During the 2016-2017 school year, we served 52,660 students in elementary, middle schools and community venues during 134,945 student contact hours. Over 150 distinct programs, taught by knowledgeable teaching partner/artists and content specialists, are available throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, the eastern half of Missouri, and the Metro East area of Illinois. In all, Springboard delivered 945 programs, in 5,365 program sessions, to students in 125 schools and 32 community venues. Springboard has a strong commitment to serving children who might not otherwise have cultural enrichment opportunities. Overall, 69 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- and part-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. It is also the only affiliate of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts in Missouri or Illinois. For more information, download our annual report.
Springboard teaching 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.