Arts Ensemble Education Foundation
& Outer Space Gallery & Studio

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The Arts Ensemble Education Foundation 

Arts Ensemble Education Foundation

The Arts Ensemble Education Foundation is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit charitable 501(c)3 organization. The Arts Ensemble Education Foundation is an arts incubator and provides resident arts programs that support and promote local artists, youth arts education for at-risk children, and healing arts in collaboration with existing health and wellness agencies, and works to provide art in public places programs. Arts Ensemble advocates for the arts; empowering artists, arts organizations and creative businesses to work together and drive arts-related programing in Polk County and Central Florida.

Organization Brief: We opened in 2006 as a master collections studio with three artists. Today, the body of our work is found in community arts outreach, arts in education, faith-based arts programming, art in public places, and the healing arts. We partner with local and state government, nonprofit organizations, universities and schools, medical providers, business owners, volunteers and artists to provide these many programs.

Specific Challenges: Our greatest challenges are found in communities faced with significant and dynamic poverty; where student’s academic scores consistently fall below passing and homes do not have enough food, clothing, or safe shelter to foster healthy and whole living. In these regions we offer free arts programming and full wrap around services to establish sustainable change in the lives we serve. We do this in partnership with our sister agency, Doors2Change. ( 

We are Arts Ensemble Education Foundation

“Art can change the world.” JWT

Our Incubator Programs!

Working Gallery & Studio

230 Avenue C. SE, Winter Haven, FL 

(863) 293-2700 Main Campus

Resident Artists Karen Retana, Trent Manning, and Adam Justice reside here and the gallery showcases emerging artists from around the world annually. Outer Space is home to our Polk State College Artists Intern program and is open Tuesday through Saturday; with special events as scheduled. 

HEARTS; Healing through Creativity
108 First Street Eloise - Winter Haven, FL
(863) 293-2700 Main Campus 

Healing Arts - Veteran's Arts Programs for men and women suffering from PTSD; Alzheimer's Healing Arts at area clinics and Assisted Living Facilities;  Special heARTS, arts programs for special needs and transitional students; FOCUS, healing arts for youth in foster care and runaway shelters. Most of these programs are facilitated off-site/on location as desired.

Providing Youth Art Alternatives
710 Snively Avenue - Eloise FL
(863) 293-2700 Main Campus

Youth arts alternatives provides afterschool and off hour arts classes and we work in partnership with terrific agencies that this possible free of cost to our students and their families. These programs are provided at various locations and our primary campus is located in Eloise/Winter Haven, Florida. Programs available in Florence Villa, Bartow, and Lakealnd, FL.

Community Restoration through the ARTS; "C-art-A," we work with local government agencies to determine where quality arts programs need to be placed so that we can strategically provide "off hours" and "safe streets" programs for students, communities, and parents. We partner with our sister organization Doors2Change and many existing nonprofit organizations to make this project successful. We work in the homes of our students to repair their homes to safety, make sure that they have the food and medical needs they deserve, and establish family mentors to continue the development and growth of the entire family. ART is the start, but Doors2Change is the physical needs met program that ties this RESTORATION OF FAMILY AND COMMUNITY TOGETHER as one! for more information on Doors2Change.

Art In Public Places - IS CHANGE! 

Who We are!