For the vision, first we took the separate ingredients of what we believe in and we got about 200 of them, about 10 from each and all of us. But you know if you put too many ingredients in a dish it won't be as tasty as it should be. So we boiled our beliefs down into about 27 of the most organic, finest spices and herbs and that's how we got our goulash.....Bon appetite!!!!!!!! - Sofia Conner, founding ensemble member, 13 years old.
We are a collective of youth and experienced artists who strive to transcend the status quo. We are a collective of artists who are involved in running all aspects of our organization. We believe developing virtuoso artists develops virtuoso human beings.
We believe there is more than one right answer to a problem. We believe in life long learning. We believe in cultivating habits of success and happiness.
We believe maturity is not tied to age. We believe the best decisions come from transparency and trust. We believe our collective minds are great.
We believe diversity is more than demographics. We believe in leaving our assumptions about each other out of the studio. We believe our differences enhance our collective intelligence. We believe we can find a place for the outsider among us.
We believe difficulties aren’t final, but are challenges that can be overcome. We believe when things get difficult we will be there to work it out together.
We believe that we gain stability by partnerships with other people. We believe our audience should be actively engaged and become part of our collective intelligence. We believe family is a deeper caring and is larger than genetics.
We believe creative talent can be developed in anybody. We believe expectations of virtuosity are moment to moment and goals of developing art are year to year. We believe in delayed gratification and commitment to skill building.
We practice learning creative skills and making new performances. We practice growing who we are. We practice right energy and right effort everyday.
We believe the studio is a sanctuary where we can make mistakes. We believe in focusing on our freedoms instead of our limitations. We believe when we begin to shut down, we will step back a little to see a new opening.
We believe that love is an idea worth building together.
We do this work to create a world the way we wish it to be.
Feeding hungry minds one curious moment at a time.