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.

Our Values

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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.

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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.

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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.