It all started with a dream to open an afterschool program for youth in the inner city Jacksonville, Florida to come and create. Ted and Alexandra Stein felt one thing that was being lost in schools was creativity. Fundamental skills were being taught in classrooms, but a skill that was being eroded in America was the art of problem-solving. The best way for kids to learn how to problem solve is to foster their creative abilities. If you look at every great school in the world, without exception they all have solid, thriving art programs, this is no coincidence.
The decision to service District 7 ( 32206) was an important and serious commitment to making. Founders Alexandra & Ted Stein embraced the ideology of bridging the gap between school and home for JAMS students. Providing a safe, and productive environment for students is our number one priority. The ability to invest in the lives of our future leaders is priceless to the JAMS culture and the Jacksonville community.
Ted Stein comes up with the idea of creating an arts based nonprofit.
Alexandra Stein, inspired by the idea refused to let it die as only an idea, applies to and is accepted into Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to pursue a master's in Arts Administration.
Alexandra graduates from SCAD and receives an M.A. in Arts Administration.
Jacksonville Arts & Music school receives its articles of incorporation and is granted 501(c)(3) status.
First donation received from Jim Smith.
Ted Stein closes on a 17,000 sq. ft. facility on 3315 N. Liberty Street and begins renovations.
Monday, September 5, 2016 – we opened the doors to our first students.
First JAMS student showcase.
Jacksonville Children's Commission Funding received.
Jacksonville Arts & Music School hosts first summer camp.
First JAMS student is accepted to LaVilla School of the Arts.
JAMS partners with Jacksonville's Kids Hope Alliance.
JAMS receives first major gift from Florida Blue.
JAMS receives major gift from Delores Barr Weaver for facility roof replacement.
Second and Third Phase renovations complete.