This organization, “A Reason to Survive” (ARTS), was founded by Matt Darrigo, artist, who believes that arts provide us with identity. And when arts are stripped from schools, many¬† youngsters are stripped of identity. Its a form of identity theft.

“ARTS is dedicated to creating a movement behind the importance of the arts as a prevention and intervention vehicle to create positive transformation in children and youth facing adversity. We accomplish this through a 3 prong approach:”