Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Fleisher is a source of inspiration, creativity, and community. Every year, more than 20,000 people experience the transformative power of art by participating in our classes, tuition-free classes, workshops, exhibitions, and community-based programs.

Founded in 1898, we are one of the country’s oldest nonprofit community art schools and are committed to advancing the vision of our founder, Samuel S. Fleisher, who believed that art is one of society’s greatest assets and equalizers, and from the doorway of his Graphic Sketch Club, “invited the world to come and learn art.”

Our Mission

Fleisher’s mission is to make art accessible to everyone, regardless of economic means, background, or artistic experience.

Our Core Values

  • Fleisher’s core values are rooted in the ideals of Samuel Fleisher:

  • The Artist in Us All — Within every individual are the ingredients for original artistic expression.

  • Art is a Pathway to Fulfillment — An individual’s ability to use art is a vital means for emotional and intellectual exploration and growth.

  • Art Enriches the Community — By nurturing each individual’s creative potential, we aim to provide social, cultural, and economic benefits to the community as a whole.