The Mission of the Jessye Norman School of the Arts is to develop students to become creative, caring, visionary, responsible citizens through the transformative power of the arts.  The broad-ranged fine arts program challenges students academically, integrates technology and lays the foundation for extraordinary life experiences.

The Jessye Norman School of the Arts is an after school program designed to develop and nurture the artistic and creative talents of students.  The School of the Arts serves the cultural and educational needs of these traditionally under-served youth by providing:

  • Free fine arts instruction
  • Academic Tutoring
  • An opportunity for advanced level study in dance, drama, music, art, and creative writing
  • Exposure to professionals working within the arts fields
  • Information on possible careers in the arts
  • Knowledge of technical aspects of presentation and performance

The Rachel Longstreet Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) foundation established in 2001. It is named for the youngest child buried in the original Fort Augusta cemetery, which is located on the grounds of what is now St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Rachel Longstreet died in 1790, at the age of 2 years, 4 months. Her father was one of the signers of the document of incorporation for Augusta.

The Rachel Longstreet Foundation founded the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, which opened in 2003, as part of its mission to enhance the educational, physical and cultural development of children in the Augusta area by providing quality arts, preschool and recreational opportunities, particularly for children who are economically or physically challenged.

* This program is supported in part by the Greater Augusta Arts Council through appropriations from the City of Augusta by the Georgia Council for the Arts, by a number of generous foundations, and by your contributions. Please consider supporting this free program.

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Fall 2013 Newsletter

Spring 2013 Newsletter

Spring 2014 Newsletter

2nd Annual JNSA 5K - This year's theme is "Selfie Run"

The 2nd Annual JNSA 5K - Selfie Run is back on! Thanks to a highly motivated Jessye Norman Parents Association, the new date for the run is Saturday, May 2nd at 9am. We'll race right here from the school for 3.1 miles of fun in the Augusta, Georgia sun!



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