Developing Leaders Through the ARTS



Providing artistic education and creative growth for K–12 students


Program Impact

100% of students reported academic improvement after participation in our programs. Students needing tutoring after they participated in ES dropped from 27% to 0%.



86% of students performed at proficiency or above after Epitome of Soul, compared to 7% prior to the program.


Students Served

Over 2,000 students have been empowered by the arts through our programs.


Increased Proficiency

100% of students enrolled in the Arts & Soul after school club reported an increase in 3 areas of program curriculum tested proficiency.

Who are we?

Founded in 2012, Epitome of Soul was created to provide quality arts programming to students in underserved areas and exemplify the importance that the arts can have on the development of children, transferable social emotional skills, and community engagement. We strive to offer arts education, mentorship and scholarship throughout the Paterson community and surrounding areas.

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What do we offer?

All our services aim to show the positive impact the arts can have on a child’s education (across the board) and to highlight the importance of creative programs within schools. Read more to find out about our four key programs and see which one might be right for your child.

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How you can help

Help Epitome of Soul by donating your money or your time and help impact the lives of students today!

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"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

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