Main IDEA formed when a group of artists, musicians, and dancers who shared a common dream of seeing an arts community that was open and accessible to everyone came together in Worcester, Massachusetts. In the summer of 2011 forty kids took part in dance, visual art, music, and creative drama workshops where they had the opportunity to express themselves in a fun, safe, and supportive environment using some of the fundamental techniques, processes, and elements of these art forms. The week culminated with a showcase where our kids shared their artwork with family, friends, and community members.
Following the first successful year, Main IDEA continued to grow and change to further our mission of cultivating an arts community in Worcester. Over the next couple of years a creative writing unit was added to our Summer Program, the structure was tweaked so that every child was able to get a taste of each of the five offered art forms, and the open house at the end of the week showcased not only the final products the children had created but the processes they used to get there.
We continue to offer our annual Summer Program as we work to expand Main IDEA to make our vision of a community where children are able to explore the arts and new ways of self-expression a reality.
The first portion of our name recognizes our roots in the Main South neighborhood of Worcester, Massachusetts.
The four core values of Main IDEA make up the second portion of our name and are the foundation of everything we do. They are:
Imagination: As a community, we foster an environment where creativity and self-expression are valued.
Discipline: We aim to empower our children with a sense of self-efficacy and self-confidence and expect them to engage fully with everything they do.
Exploration: We encourage all of our children to delve into new ways of expressing themselves as they discover the fundamental elements and processes of each art form.
Attitude: We expect every member of our community to respect one another and to maintain a positive attitude.