Eastern Iowa Arts Academy Organizational Background
Eastern Iowa Arts Academy (EIAA) is an after-school 501 c (3) arts organization created in 2007 by local educator, David Griffin. EIAA offers classes in art, music, dance, drama, cultural arts and creative writing, and are taught by professional educators and artists. EIAA's multidisciplinary and multicultural arts programs enhance the appreciation of the arts, strengthen performance abilities, provide quality after-school activities, and celebrate the rich diversity in our community. Eastern Iowa Arts Academy programs are open to any student, male/female in grades K-12, individuals with a wide variety of special needs and seniors at assisted living communities. Particular focus is placed on providing artistic opportunities for low income families and in low-income neighborhoods across the Greater Cedar Rapids/Marion metro area.
Eastern Iowa Arts Academy’s passion and primary goal has always been to provide high quality arts opportunities for students of all ages and skill levels to explore, excel at, and develop an appreciation for the visual and performing arts. However, EIAA is more than just an arts program. EIAA was also designed to keep young people engaged in meaningful, enriching activities that prevent them from making negative choices; to support low-income families by offering classes at little or no-cost; and to improve the quality of life for young people by providing opportunities many most likely would not otherwise experience.
Many students involved in the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy have no exposure to arts outside their school environment, which is limited in scope. The Eastern Iowa Arts Academy provides youth with the ability to explore a variety of arts experiences without prior training and with no fear of failure, to perhaps spark an interest they would otherwise have missed.