By Beverly Davis
It starts with one spark.
That ignites one idea.
SPARK! began as a simple idea: to create a place where kids could explore their creativity without any inhibitions. Last year we provided programming for more than 16,000 students in grades 2 through 12. In our first 3.5 years of operation, almost 39,000 children have engaged in creative programming at SPARK!
SPARK! is no longer Dallas’ “Best Kept Secret.” Word is out that we are a world-class organization that inspires minds, builds confidence and shapes the future for ALL children. Here are some facts to back that up:
- While most of our visitors came from field trips, we expanded our programming to include special interest groups like Talented and Gifted students, homeschoolers and scouts.
- The opening of our Creator Studio has given kids the opportunity to explore their own passion projects through STEM-related technologies.
- Additional staff, targeted funding and strategic relationships with professionals have allowed us to expand our curriculum to include music, architecture, robotics, computer programming and advanced technologies.
- Over 120 unique, interactive birthday parties entertained, delighted and even educated kids on the weekends.
All this growth has been phenomenal. And we continue to gain momentum. Not only does our vision demand we reach a much greater percentage of our city’s youth, parents and teachers are also demanding we provide more programming and programming that trains those who work with children.
So now, we look ahead to the next phase of growth for SPARK! We have reached capacity in our current location and are now in search of a permanent home where we can continue to flourish. I encourage those entrepreneurial spirits reading this to step forward and join us as we embark on this exciting journey to ignite creativity and make a greater impact on the future of our children.