Giving Tuesday

Our students confirm the RESEARCH:  Kids who learn and play in nature feel more CONFIDENT, more CREATIVE, and more CONNECTED to nature.


72% of our students feel more CONFIDENT!!

95% have an increased interest in art and nature!

85% feel inspired to take better care of the earth!


This GIVING SEASON, please SUPPORT outdoor arts programming for our city's youth! Since March 2021, we've offered 21 programs and served 188 students! 


100% of your tax deductible DONATION pays for our programs, like classes at J.L. FRANCIS ELEMENTARY (Southside) and BINFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL (The Fan), and our collaborative program with GIRLS FOR A CHANGE, HAPPILY NATURAL, and EARTH FOLK COLLECTIVE, Spring 2022.

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Why Open Space?

Open Space Education is Richmond's only outdoor education program that combines art education and nature-based learning. We collaborate with professional teaching artists on curriculum that cultivates adaptability, resilience, and creativity as life skills. They call on core principles from their careers to teach artistry, the cognitive processes so important in the arts, which Elliot Eisner's research finds are critically important in all walks of life. He recommends that artistry serve as an important remedy to the homogenization and mechanization of schooling today.  


Richard Louv’s work points to direct exposure to nature as essential for a child’s healthy physical and emotional development. Natural settings are essential for healthy child development because they stimulate all the senses and integrate informal play with formal learning. Our classes explore open spaces throughout the city. In our classes, students make connections between art, daily life, and the great outdoors. 

Senses are heightened. Skills are learned and sharpened. We develop artistry, critical thinking, and communications. We prepare students for enhanced success in any endeavor ahead.




Fantastic programming and inclusivity! The open and safe space environment has been a phenomenal experience for my child.”—Open Space parent

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