"I learned what it takes to be a real artist!"

- 5th Grade Student

An Innovative Artistic Program for Budding Artists

Based on compelling research that extracurricular involvement and mentoring helps to develop better life skills, improved communication skills, less psychosocial problems, fewer risky behaviors like drug use, increased academic achievement, and less delinquency and violence (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), Operation Aware has, for the last five years, offered Operation A.R.T. (Awareness. Reached. Together.) Operation A.R.T. pairs students with local artists to create a one-of-a-kind original art piece. These pieces, created collaboratively with students and their mentoring artists, are auctioned off at our Gala to raise funds for local prevention education. For more information, please contact Tara Saylor (tsaylor@operationaware.org) or visit our Events Page.