ARC Mission & Vision
The ARC’s mission is to improve K-12 students’ creative and problem-solving skills by using educational programs that apply the principles of architecture, urban design, engineering, industrial design, and graphic design.
Our vision is that each student will have a heightened appreciation of how architecture and design relate to the world around them and be empowered with 21st century skills and a design thinking framework they can apply to every aspect of learning and life.
The Architecture Resource Center was founded in 1991 as the education component of the non-profit Connecticut Architecture Foundation. Because of our rapid growth, successful programs, and vision for expansion of services, the ARC was incorporated as a separate non-profit organization in March 2005.
ARC's programs are organized into three categories:
Master Teaching Artists/Designers conduct 90-minute classroom workshops daily over 5-10 days.
How we do it
ARC programs show students how to use what they're learning in the real world.
ARC creates participatory and hands-on programs that:
Reinforce students’ learning through applied science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
Stimulate and foster critical, creative and problem-solving skills for students and teachers
Establish partnerships among families, schools, communities, and businesses
Encourage meaningful design programs as part of basic education that include the principles of architecture; urban design; engineering, industrial design, and graphic design