Big Thought

Founded in 1987, Dallas-based Big Thought is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits devoted to closing the opportunity gap in education through creative learning. Driven by its mission to make imagination a part of everyday learning, Big Thought has evolved beyond the arts to develop groundbreaking programs that address academic achievement, problem-solving, and life-skills, providing children with pathways to success both in and out of school. Through its innovative partnerships, Big Thought now serves more than 300,000 Dallas children, families, and teachers each year, in and out of the classroom. Big Thought delivers more than one million hours of programming and individual creative instruction annually. A model to cities across America, Big Thought has achieved national recognition, including earning the Americans for the Arts 2009 Arts in Education Award and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Coming Up Taller Award in 2004. In 2011, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities selected Big Thought President/CEO Gigi Antoni as a "Champion of Change," serving on a White House panel highlighting best practices in arts education. Learn more at www.bigthought.org.

The Wallace Foundation

The Wallace Foundation is an independent, national foundation dedicated to supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices that expand learning and enrichment opportunities for children. The Foundation maintains an online library of lessons at www.wallacefoundation.org about what it has learned, including knowledge from its current efforts aimed at: strengthening educational leadership to improve student achievement, helping disadvantaged students gain more time for learning through summer learning and an extended school day and year, enhancing out-of-school time opportunities, and building appreciation and demand for the arts.

WolfBrown

WolfBrown provides consulting services that help nonprofit organizations and public agencies accomplish their missions and meet the challenges of change. Since its founding in 1983, WolfBrown consultants have helped hundreds of organizations and agencies with their efforts to manage growth, reinvent and restructure themselves, plan for the future, transform dreams into reality, and assemble and analyze relevant data to understand the environments in which they operate. An important component of WolfBrown’s work has focused on enhancing cultural capital in communities. WolfBrown consultants have also been active in the areas of educational assessment, evaluation, and artistic and imaginative development. The goal of all these efforts has been to increase access for children and youth to learning that features inquiry, innovation, and imagination both in and out of school. Learn more at www.wolfbrown.com.