The mission of ACH Clear Pathways is to nurture creativity through the visual and performing arts to underserved youth. The vision of ACH Clear Pathways is: 1. To engage youth in and expose youth to visual and performing arts 2. To develop and unveil talent 3. To help youth invest in his/ her future 4. To provide enriching and new experiences through the arts 5. To develop partnerships with agencies which complement the mission and vision of ACH Clear Pathways.
The goal of ACH Clear Pathways is to serve families who have not had the opportunity to thrive in the arts. ACH Clear Pathways has an ongoing and critical role in the renaissance of the Hill District with its focus on providing arts programming to youth. The Hill District was the birthplace of August Wilson, the legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright; and the birthplace and subject for noted photographer Teenie Harris. It has also served as the epicenter of Pittsburgh's jazz and blues scene. The Hill District was founded on a deep history of the arts and ACH Clear Pathways is helping to connect youth and the community to this rich history as well as helping to ignite the arts in Hill District once again. ACH Clear Pathways is one of only a few after school programs located in the Hill District, and the only one with an emphasis on arts and cultural programming. Students have access to visual arts, dance, music, digital media, and drama classes. The programming provides a creative platform for youth to express themselves and to learn how to manage and express their emotions in a healthy way.
ACH Clear Pathways offers two sessions which correspond with the school year (fall and spring) and a summer creative camp. After-school programming over the next three years will include visual arts, theater, dance, music, and digital media. The Creative Camps in the summer will continue to provide classes such as visual arts, dance, music, and theater, as well as swimming, field trips and community service. Students display their art pieces and skills at several showcases throughout the year. Larger artwork completed by the students with the assistance of teaching artists is displayed on/in various buildings in the Hill District community. We also share photos and videos of our students' work on social media.