This fall Art of Élan launches its fourth annual “Young Artists in Harmony” program in partnership with the nationally recognized A Reason To Survive (ARTS), an organization that believes in the power of the arts and creativity to literally transform lives – especially those of kids facing adversity. Consisting of weekly workshops where ARTS Empower students have the opportunity to be mentored by Art of Élan musicians through unique apprenticeships, the residency culminates with two multidisciplinary and collaborative concerts that showcase original compositions the students create over the 10-week residency, performed by Art of Élan musicians. Each concert is professionally recorded and is available for free streaming and download on Instant Encore (
U-T San Diego’s review of “Young Artists in Harmony” alumnus Diego Rodriguez’s debut concert with Art of Élan.

Young Artists In Harmony 2016 from Young Artists in Harmony on Vimeo.


The Young Artists in Harmony program is generously supported by the Stensrud Foundation and Community Enhancement Funds from the County of San Diego.

About ARTS | A Reason To Survive:

ARTS | A Reason TARTSlogoo Survive is a nationally recognized organization that believes in the power of the arts and creativity to literally transform lives—especially those of youth facing major life challenges.  Multidisciplinary arts programs provided in a specially equipped 20,000 square-foot ARTS Center include a Music Room, Media Arts Lab, Performing Arts Space, Painting Studio, Mixed Media Studio, Ceramics Studio, the Industrial Arts and an ARTS Gallery.

Through a sequential program model of therapeutic arts programs, arts education, and real-world work experience, ARTS provides a guided Heal, Inspire, and Empower pipeline for youth to move from crises to college or careers. ARTS has created positive change in 50,000+ youth struggling with adversity, earning national recognition and leading creative initiatives that engage and transform communities.  ARTS provides Direct Services to youth, Support Services to like-minded individuals and organizations, and Advocacy to community stakeholders and leaders about the importance of arts programming for youth, and connecting youth to creative community revitalization. For more information on ARTS, please visit