Our mission

Working Classroom cultivates the artistic, civic, and academic minds of youth through in-depth arts projects with contemporary artists to amplify historically ignored voices, resist systemic injustices, and imagine a more equitable society.

We value
the strong, fresh and unique voices that youth bring to art and social justice movements.
We prioritize
collaborations with artists, youth and communities who have been historically underserved and underrepresented in power.
We support
youth as agents of change by using contemporary artistic expression – visual art, new media, public art, and theater – to create work that tells our communities’ stories with truth, nuance, beauty and power.
We know
that art has the power to heal and disrupt isolation and systems of oppression.
We value
high quality, contemporary, art, collaborating with and challenging emerging artists from a place of love and respect.
We know
that training young artists from underrepresented communities contributes to a more complete and nuanced understanding of our world
We value
conscious rule breaking and the individual and collective growth that comes from taking risks, pushing boundaries and colliding with the status quo.
We recognize
the need for safe spaces for expression, self-discovery and inquiry.
We value
connectivity across intersecting identities as well as collaboration with schools, community-based organizations, and arts organizations.
We believe
that artists labor has both cultural and financial value, to that end, we pay professional artists for their work and provide paid opportunities for student artists.

Our staff

We support our students through...

Integrated Learning

We incorporate reading, writing, research, and critical thinking into our art and theater programs. Students are challenged to enrich their work by developing advanced academic skills.

Examples of our integrated programs include:

  •  Three Months Notice/Tres Meses de Aviso, a graphic novel about predatory lending.
  • Hasta La Muerte Nos Separe, a fotonovela about domestic violence.
  • Windows and Mirrors: The Afghanistan Project, an installation about women and child victims of the war in Afghanistan.

Our original plays including:

  • Borderless Dreams/Sueños Sin Fronteras, The Price of Silence/El Precio del Silencio, The Rubber Band, A Falta de Pan, Galleta/Crack’er, Highway 47, and Light In My Soul/La Luz en Mi Alma, Solving for X.


We provide all students with access to tutors who offer assistance with homework, college preparation and professional development skills. All student artists and actors work with tutors at least 1.5-2 hours weekly.

Professional Development

Students have opportunities to apply for paid artist apprenticeships, new media internships, and for theatrical productions throughout the year.

Academic focus

95% of our students graduate from high school.
70 % of our students attend college after graduation.
Working Classroom alumni have graduated from
  • Bard College
  • College of Santa Fe
  • Hampshire College
  • Macalester College
  • Pitzer College
  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts
  • Theater School of DePaul University
  • University of New Mexico
  • Central New Mexico Community College
  • Evergreen
  • Institute of American Indian Arts
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art
  • Pomona College
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • University of Miami

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