Art Active, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was created in 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Its co-founders, Christopher Burton and Robin Strayhorn, fused their shared love for the arts and mindfulness to create a refreshing new approach to arts education for youth. With mindfulness at its core, Art Active, Inc. provides youth ages 6-24 in under-served communities the opportunity to learn various forms of artistry while being trained by professional artists. Art Active believes that art is an integral part of all communities and should be freely experienced, shared and admired by all. With that belief, all students participate in a free 6-8 week course/module that will encourage proficiency in an art form and will culminate in a shared experience for the communities that our students represent. This can present itself as a public art installation, a performance or a multimedia interactive. The exposure that students receive to these art fields will illuminate possibilities in art related careers that can further benefit their communities at large.
Mindfulness is affixed to all modules as a means to stimulate creative fluidity but also supports the overall growth of each student. By developing a dedicated mindfulness practice students are able to relieve stress and improve sleep, focus and concentration all while enhancing emotional intelligence. Targeted communities are often devoid of such a tool that can alter their response to stressful situations, new experiences and personal expression. Art Active, Inc. mindfulness professionals mentor students to assist them in developing their own personal daily mindfulness practice. As students become more “purposely aware” they’ll be able to more fully experience each moment and convey those subsequent emotions through art.
President and CEO
Life Coach Christopher Burton is a motivational speaker and personal growth workshop facilitator. Chris is a certified Mindfulness instructor and teaches mindfulness classes in and around his community. Chris's dedication to bringing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) to children and adults has made a difference in the lives of many. His 7 years as a secondary math teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District adds to his diverse background which includes aerospace engineering, personal fitness trainer and hypnotherapy. A graduate of Cal State Fullerton, he holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Applied Mathematics.
Secretary and External Coordinator
Executive Coach and Facilitator, Arnetta Yardbourgh, is the Secretary and External Coordinator of Art Active. Ms. Yardbourgh has spent the last 13 years as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and working with individuals to create more fulfilling lives and enriching work-life-balance in organizations. As a facilitator of positive change, Ms. Yardbourgh has always advocated the arts and purposeful growth by instilling creative, unique projects and experiences that inspire learning. A graduate of the University of Houston, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications and a Master of Liberal Arts from Houston Baptist University, Ms. Yardbourgh is excited to support Art Active-LA.