Vision, Mission, and Values
“Main IDEA aspires to make the arts accessible to every child in Worcester, empowering them as leaders.”
“Main IDEA empowers youth by providing quality accessible arts programs to under-resourced communities.”
We desire all members to exemplify and cultivate the four core values of our “IDEA” framework: Imagination, Discipline, Exploration, and Attitude.
- Imagination: As a community, we foster an environment where creativity and self-expression are valued.
- Discipline: We aim to empower our students 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 students 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, put forward their best effort, maintain a positive attitude, and have fun!
Safety and Accountability
Above all, we value the safety of our students and the accountability of our staff to commit to our Code of Conduct and for every member to interact toward one another in a safe and healthy manner.
By providing free arts programming to families and members of local, underprivileged communities, we are committed to breaking down systemic barriers that prevent access to childhood arts education and growth opportunities.
We are committed to providing students with teachers and staff members who portray excellence in their respective fields and exemplify the core values of Main IDEA.
Feasible and Sustainable Programming
We value dedication and commitment from our volunteers and strive to develop and implement feasible and sustainable programming to help ensure our staff perform at their very best
We believe that respect for the rights, dignity and integrity of others is essential for the well-being of our community.
Empowerment through Verbal Validation
We believe in building self-confidence and self-respect for our community through verbal validation.
We believe that behavior inconsistent with our values should be corrected, rather than punished and condemned. We train our staff to prevent, or if necessary, transform discriminatory or “bullying” actions and/or dialogue into deeper awareness and respect for diversity, authority, and autonomy.
Our staff and students take responsibility and pride in their work and actions.
Leadership and Encouraging Growth
We value fostering the personal and professional development of our students and staff
We encourage and facilitate clear communication among all staff and students and foster a safe environment where any and all questions, concerns, and expectations can be freely discussed.
Inclusivity and Celebration of Diversity (Non-Discriminatory Statement)
Main IDEA aims to provide accessibility to quality arts programs for children in the community, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. Main IDEA is committed to respecting and celebrating the rich diversity of the students in our program. We are committed to being voices that reject any hate and bigotry within our program. We are committed to correcting and redeeming situations of discord and hate that may arise within our program into unity, respect, and celebration of diversity. We are committed to use our collective power to support and protect all of our students in our program, and to challenge, rebuff, and resist any attacks on any of our students and staff based on who they are.