The Riverside Children's Arts Center or Jacksonville, Florida is dedicated to helping children learn more about the arts through fun, hands-on classes that interact with their senses and help them discover the artist within.
A ministry of Riverside Avenue Christian Church, the not-for-profit Arts Center, which began offering classes in October 2005, was created to fill a growing need in Jacksonville's Riverside/Avondale community.
In developing the Arts Center, the Church held a series of focus groups with local parents, teachers, community leaders, and businesses in Riverside and Avondale. The community identified a need for children’s after-school enrichment activities offered in a safe, supportive, nurturing environment. They desired quality children’s programs that provide the opportunity for relationships with positive adult role models and connections to and a sense of ownership in their local community.
The community’s primary focus was activities that would supplement the services offered during the school day – such as the arts or sports – rather than programs that focus on tutoring academic skills.