Expression Matters

“Before a child talks, they sing.  Before they write, they draw.  As soon as they stand, they dance.  Art is fundamental to human expression.”  —  Phylicia Rashad 

Welcome to the Artis the Artist Foundation

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The Artis the Artist foundation is celebrating 10 years of empowering college bound artists to continue their passion for the arts through higher education, elevated techniques, and personal development.

Our goal for 2023 is to award five $5,000 scholarships to deserving students. Help our music nonprofit continue to serve more communities today!

Upcoming events & Announcements

Upcoming Scholarship Opportunities

Learn more about the dates and details for the next round of scholarships we will be awarding to high school students studying The Arts.

Get Involved

Interested in working with our community programs, volunteering at our events, or being a part of our scholarship award process?

Success Stories

Hover over each ATA scholarship recipient’s photo to read their story! 

Marleena Garris

Theatre arts

Marleena Garris

Garris, a performing artist, was the very first ATA foundation recipient in the theatre arts. After receiving a scholarship in 2018, she went on to pursue theatre at the university level, has been a featured artist in several university stage productions, and is now in her senior year of college. She says, “I love theatre because it really is an expression of what makes us human.” Garris attends Lindenwood University.

Chloe Williams

Performing arts

Chloe Williams

Williams, a performing artist, received an ATA scholarship in 2021. As a result of working in drama and theatre, she grows more confident every time she steps on stage, is a better leader, and has developed a greater sense of empathy for others. She says, “Without discovering theatre, I wouldn’t be the outspoken person that I am today.” Williams attends Texas State University.

Matthew Morgan

Musical arts

Matthew Morgan

Morgan received an ATA scholarship in 2022. He initially thought he would not be good enough to do anything, only to surpass his expectations and achieve high rankings in the state for his bass playing. Morgan continues to set and achieve his goals in Double Bass Performance at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and desires to further his studies on a graduate level in Music Composition. As he continues to strive for excellence in the musical arts, Morgan says, “Being in an environment where music is always present pushed me to work harder because I want to be the best. I don’t want to be mediocre.”

Kayla Barnes

Visual arts

Kayla Barnes

After receiving an ATA scholarship in 2022 and starting out in community college, Barnes, a visual artist, transferred to Sam Houston State University to major in animation. Making this transition in the heart of the pandemic was challenging, but she has been able to adapt, grow and thrive in her artistry in the midst of it all. Barnes says, “Alas, improvements are not something that happens overnight, and I am slowly learning to accept that.”

You Can Help Better Lives for Students!

All donations made to the Artis the Artist Foundation are tax deductible.

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Your monthly recurring donation will allow you to spread the financial impact of your giving across the year.


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