Core Values

What we believe and why we do what we do.

Core Values

We believe that art can ignite change in both an individual and a community.These values are the foundation of all our programs, work, relationships and art experineces. 

Creativity - We  encourage new ideas.  Our programs invite you to take risks in your art, give voice to your experiences, and illustrate the world as you see it. We create collaborative art with others to transform places, individuals, communities and institutions. 

Character - We encourage and practice radical self acceptance. Our process empowers students to overcome adversity and become change agents for their environment. We stimulate them in dialogue about critical issues and teach them how to be connected and committed to others. We provide them with the tools to develop a strong sense of self worth and commitment.

Community - We are committed to being interconnected: to develop and build relationships based on the talents and gifts of every person.  Everything we do is by and for the community. There is no "Me" in "We", the whole is more important than the individual.

Connections - Students, peers, volunteers, teachers and staff interact in meaningful ways at Epoch Arts. Our focus is on building bridges to form connections. We take on unexpected burdens and go beyond to reach our goal. 

 

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Thanks for coming to Unfinished People-2017

The original play, Unfinished People, focused on issues of social and economic differences, it looked at what causes separation, what distracts us from community involvement and how we can educate ourselves on issues that we know nothing about. It talked about characters who lived in a perfect diverse society, but when they are pulled out of that society and forced to look at the real world,they are shocked at how broken the world really is. "The play tackled current social and economic issues, as well as addressed the drug problems in this world that others seem to ignore. It taught us that we need to be passionate and active members of our community, instead of being distracted by superficial things,” says actor Megan Crotty. The play asked the question of how we spend our time, what superficial things we fill it up with and should we be investing in people, rather than things. Sixteen year old cast member Robin Leet explained, “This isn't your average play. This show discusses important, sparsely spoken of issues, such as drugs, addiction and what it can do to a person, and the unhealthy things we consume ourselves with in daily life. We will speak of the vacancy in relationships and people caused by cell phones and other casual, everyday devices.We break down barriers you might not even know were there and bring attention to poverty, the middle to lower class, and how these issues can affect our community as a whole.”