The Architecture Resource Center (ARC) is a design arts education organization. Since 1991 we have implemented more than 2,000 workshops for K-12 students, teachers, and families throughout the Northeast. ARC programs are organized into three categories: K-12 School Programs, Community/Festival Programs and Outreach. ARC personnel provide professional development and student workshops and develop and create design curricula and design publications.
The ARC’s mission is to increase general architectural literacy and design awareness and takes the stance that learning about architecture and design has many benefits, including but not limited to arts literacy, cultural literacy, community awareness, and environmental consciousness.
A design arts program (including architecture, interior design, urban design, landscape architecture, industrial design and graphic design), the ARC provides creative learning experiences, which are participatory, interdisciplinary, and collaborative in approach for K-12 students and teachers and community organizations. In ARC programs, teachers learn about the power of the arts to transform education and become comfortable working with the arts and arts language. The interdisciplinary team teaching approach including math, science, humanities, and the arts help students to see the meaning and connection among those disciplines. Students learn how to express themselves in two and three dimensional language, how to communicate their ideas, and how to work in teams to solve problems and make new discoveries. And through this process, they also learn about themselves, their relationship to each other, their families, their community and their environment.