Founded in 1974, the Educational Arts Team (EAT) is dedicated to bettering the educational and social lives of young people through creative writing, dance, drama, storytelling, music, and visual art. The organization fosters the creative spirit of children out of a belief that imagination is a positive force, which can change a child’s world. Through the arts, EAT helps children increase their self-worth, discover their individuality, gain pride in their heritage and community, heighten their academic achievement, and create a vision of a larger world where they can achieve their goals. EAT offers year-round workshops for students, hands-on training and professional development for educators, as well as holistic literacy workshops for parents and children to learn together. During the summer months, EAT operates Camp Liberty, an eight-week camp that provides over 1,000 children each year with artistic, cultural, and recreational experiences in a beautiful outdoor setting.
The organization currently has four full-time staff, six part-time staff, 50 seasonal staff, eight board members, and an operating budget of around $850,000. The organization is currently operating on a hybrid basis and has made adjustments to programming necessitated by COVID-19 protocols, adopting virtual delivery where possible, while planning for a return to in-person programming for the upcoming summer camp.