To ignite the spark of creativity inherent in all children.
A 501(c)(3), SPARK! provides children from second grade to high school with a fully immersive creative environment and hands-on learning that develops their self-definition as creative individuals. Strategically located in the sub-basement of the historic South Side on Lamar building near a large population of low-income families, SPARK! provides a fully immersive learning environment, layering a myriad of creative disciplines to spark the imagination, expand the mind, and engage the body. Through an endless roster of workshops and pop-up activities, students exercise their creativity and learn from creative experts, innovators, and artists.
As children grow older, they become less confident in their creative abilities. This is compounded by the fact that there is a significant drop-off in creative educational opportunities in public schools beyond the 6th grade. By the age of 16, children either define themselves as “creative” or “not creative.” Children who define themselves as creative have higher self-esteem and better problem solving skills, leading to better performance in school and on the job.
The hands-on learning and total creative immersive environment of SPARK! provides students with individualized learning that helps them to embrace their full creative potential. By giving students the confidence to be creative, access to creative programming, and educating them in the creative process, SPARK! will lead the way in helping more students acquire creative skills to excel in school and compete in the workforce. Click here to plan your visit today!
Our vision is to offer an environment that combined with creative programming inspires minds, builds confidence and shapes the future for all children. By exposing a young generation to a fully immersive creative environment, we will empower today’s youth to become the problem solvers and innovators of the future.
SPARK! opened in June 2015 and serves the children of our community through field trips, camps, after-school programming and weekend activities to ignite their creativity and augment their learning. We continually monitor and track the performance of our programs and the impact they have on the children we serve. We test, research, and develop programming that will have a positive, lasting influence on students’ academic performance, problem solving skills and self-esteem. Program offerings continue to expanded to meet the myriad interests, technologies and opportunities for kids.
SPARK! was founded in 2010 by Beverly Davis, Devon Davis and Amy Hite. Inspired by the City Museum in St. Louis, the founders’ vision is to bring a similar but expanded facility to Dallas. Studies show that children who self-define as creative have a higher self-esteem and perform better in school. All children are inherently creative but not all children are given the opportunity to explore their inherent creativity. SPARK! lets children realize their true creative potential, positively affecting academic performance, confidence and self-esteem.