OUR MISSION + VISION
We're preparing individuals to be agents of change.
At DAE, we design and deliver educational programs and cultural experiences that serve as a catalyst for transformation in the lives of individuals and communities that have been historically and systemically under-resourced. Spanning skill levels from literacy to mastery, we focus on two primary areas: Digital + Human.
ART IS CENTRAL TO THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE.
Rather than a form of entertainment or distraction from “real work,”art is a fundamental aspect of what it is to be human. A rigorous relationship with art is the source of renewal and reinvention for individuals, communities, and organizations.
LIFE IS A TEAM SPORT.
“Rugged individualism” is a myth, tied up with incentives to greed and dominance. Rather, all living systems are just that—systems. The parts of a living system can only have sustainable success when the entire system remains healthy.
EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING BELONGS.
A fixed view of life and work leads to a sense that some things and some people are not useful or not important. But the acknowledgement of constant change highlights that everyone and everything is a source of value and creative potential.
ENOUGH IS A FEAST.
The inherent value of more, bigger, faster is an unexamined assumption in all aspects of life and work. Rather, healthy systems operate under a principle of “enough”—we take only what we can productively use.