Arts and Cultural Enrichment

Involvement in the Arts and Cultural Enrichment addresses several protective factors in the prevention of delinquency:  Presence of a caring adult, opportunity for achievement, opportunity for recognition, and involvement in a pro-social activity.

The TYS Foundation provides opportunities for participation in the arts in several ways:

Resident of the Westhaven Boys Home enjoys his class at d'Art Center.

  • Youth participate in group classes at d’Art Center in Norfolk and/or other venues.
  • Arts Scholarships are provided for individual youth.  Click here to read about Chris, an arts scholarship recipient.
  • Through our partnerships with local attractions, including Nauticus and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, our youth are able to visit area arts and cultural attractions.
  • Youth can display works of art and be recognized for their achievement at our annual event, Cultural Arts Night.
  • Youth have an opportunity to perform musical or literary selections (original poetry, Readers Theater) at Cultural Arts Night.

Outcomes of Arts Programming

Arts exhibit at 2006 Cultural Arts Night

  • Develop and/or improve art skills and other life skills such as communication, cooperation, and conflict management
  • Recognition for new competencies
  • Increased positive associations with adults
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved self-efficacy
  • Increase interest in healthy activities

Long-term Impact

Chris, 2006 Arts Scholarship Recipient, performs at Cultural Arts Night.

  • Development of life-long prosocial skills
  • Reduction of problem behavior

“Arts programs really can have an impact on youth.  Not only can such programs enhance young peoples’ attitudes about themselves and their futures, but the programs also can increase academic achievement and decrease delinquent behavior.” (YouthARTS Handbook:  Arts Programs for Youth at Risk,©1998 Americans for the Arts)

“Arts programs are not about coddling problem or delinquent youth.  Learning to play a musical instrument, rehearsing a play or executing a mosaic mural requires long hours of practice, focus, and perseverance – all components of self-discipline, a trait that many at-risk youth are desperately lacking.” (