Griot Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2011. Griot Arts currently has two programs: the Griot Youth Program, an after school arts program for middle school and high school students, and the Meraki Job Training Program, a hands on program that allows local youth ages 16-24 to be employed at Meraki Roasting Co. to learn to roast coffee while building skills that will help them come closer to finding their God-given calling.
Griot Youth Program's Mission is to create a community of students who are actively engaged in making their community a better place through the arts and community service. We do this through excellent teaching in various arts mediums, and emphasis on academics, and a thriving mentoring program.
Meraki Cooperative is a community of people and businesses organized to provide opportunities for young people to gain the skills needed to be able to sustain themselves and their families through meaningful, life-giving work.
Below are the 4 C's of Griot Arts- they are the heart of our programs and the reason why we do what we do!