Each year, PECAA hosts our Annual Meeting in a different U.S. city, where our community of over 600+ guests embark upon the sights, sounds and culture of the city we’re in. The PECAA Gives Program was created as a way for our collective group to leave behind a positive impact on our host city long after we're gone.
The PECAA Event Planning Team toured several local non-profit organizations while site visiting for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. After careful consideration, and many heart-tugging discussions, PECAA has chosen Anthropos Arts as its 2019 PECAA Gives beneficiary.
About Anthropos Arts
Anthropos Arts, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded to address a need in Austin for high-quality music education for low-income students. They are committed to connecting at-risk youth with professional musicians to cultivate confidence, integrity and life-skills through musical instruction and mentorship.
Imagine not having three meals a day. Imagine not knowing where you would sleep each night. Imagine having a parent or sibling in jail. Imagine living in a house marked by violence, addiction, and abuse. On a daily basis, Anthropos Arts’ students are challenged by all combinations of these obstacles that come with living in poverty.
100% of their students are from low-income families, ranging from homeless, food-insecure, to just short of meeting the basic needs for survival. The students are, on average, 7 times as likely to drop out of high school, twice as likely to still be poor/unemployed by age 35, and 63 times more likely to have an adult crime on their record than someone with a Bachelor’s degree. These are just a few of many daunting statistics showing how the odds are stacked against the students the organization serves.
Since its founding in 1998, Anthropos Arts has gone on to provide over 18,000 music lessons to students living in poverty, have offered over 100 incredible workshops in Title I schools with world-class and Grammy-winning artist, have held over 150 public student performances, have conducted over 10,000 lessons and collaborated with world-renowned artists. All of this has come at a $0 cost to the students, families, schools, or districts that they serve.
For 12 years, 100% of the Anthropos Arts students have graduated High School and more than 90% have gone on to college on scholarship. For 5 of the last 6 years, 100% of grads (15-20 each year) have gone on to college. Twelve out of 18 of the 2017 class received full-rides to four-year universities – all of them the first in their families to do so.