what we do
Prismatic provides educational opportunities in schools and community spaces designed to expose low-income junior high and high school students to career opportunities in the arts while preparing them with the skills they need to craft a creative career of their own.
Prismatic programs are designed to deepen students’ engagement in the arts while bridging the gap between creativity and real-world application.
Our programs teach invaluable 21st century skills that prepare students to succeed either in the traditional job market or when launching a business of their own.
"At the beginning you could see they were nervous, not sure if they had the skills to make this happen, and now towards the end you see them excited, you see a sense of pride in them".
LaKisha Hoffman, Perspectives IIT Social Worker and Entrepreneurship in the Arts Partner
why teach entrepreneurship in arts classrooms?
Because we believe that real change happens at the intersection of creativity and execution.
Our program goes beyond teaching entrepreneurship through tech or product development. We teach young people how to apply entrepreneurship to a creative endeavor such as dance, music, writing or visual art. By combining creativity with know-how, students learn to design better solutions to problems and lead with vision, regardless of the career path they choose.
we start with why
By teaching students to define their mission, values, and unique identity, Prismatic students learn that all great careers begin with purpose.
we teach the how
Prismatic programs empower student autonomy from inspiration to execution. We teach our students to set measurable goals and leverage their unique strengths and interests to achieve them.
Through our partnerships with local and national businesses, entrepreneurs and prominent working artists, Prismatic students gain insight and mentorship from industry leaders from a wide range of career paths.
Prismatic partners with schools and community spaces to provide residencies and one-day workshops for students grades 7-12.
Find Your Mission is a transformative 1-day workshop that teaches young people to identify their unique strengths and passions and empowers them to make an impact in their community.
Want to help 500 students write their mission in 2018?
Prismatic partners with 7th-12th grade art teachers for Entrepreneurship in the Arts - an in-school program empowering future creative leaders with communications, finance, and management skills taught by field professionals.
Want to support Entrepreneurship in the Arts through corporate partnership?
"I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and make my own label, and now I'm just an inch closer to it".
Entrepreneurship in the Arts Student
Prismatic was founded by Debra Giunta, a lifelong dancer who combined her passion for the arts with an interest in business development to launch and grow Design Dance, an arts education company serving over 1800 students each season through community partnerships for over 9 years.
Prismatic aims to empower students whose interests may not align with traditional understandings of academic standards for success, with the tools to turn their creativity into a career.
View Debra’s TEDx talk on her experience with the first Prismatic program!