Mission, Vision, IDEA Statement

Our Mission

The Bay School Community Arts Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide people of all ages and abilities opportunities to learn, experience and appreciate the arts. Through excellence and diversity in classes, exhibits, lectures and performances, The Bay School is a gathering place for all.

In fulfilling our mission, we:

  • Sponsor and conduct educational workshops and classes, demonstrations, and programs in the visual arts.
  • Support and encourage the economic development of Mathews County in an environmentally sustainable manner.
  • Foster an appreciation of the arts and encourage individuals of all ages and abilities to explore their creativity.
  • Provide a resource for lifelong learning.
  • Support local artists' endeavors through our gallery.
  • Act as a regional arts center and community asset, supporting all aspects of the arts, including the performing arts, while contributing to the revitalization of Mathews, Virginia.

Our Vision

To place the Bay School Community Arts Center on the regional map as an artistic destination by bringing artists and audiences together.

Our IDEA Statement

The Bay School Community Arts Center is a progressive fine arts organization that believes that art is a fundamental tool of self-exploration, shaping personal identity and creative potential. We strive to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, embracing human diversity in all its forms as it enriches our programs, strengthens our community, and honors the individual need for self-expression. Through our educational workshops and lectures, performances, events, and exhibits, we serve our mission as a gathering place for all to learn, experience, and appreciate the arts.