South Bay Hands On Art can trace its roots back to 1975 when budget cuts in the Palos Verdes Unified School District deeply affected the arts in the schools. A program know as Art At Your Fingertips (AAYF) was created by a group of parents who would continue the art experience for their school age children. This program was so successful that by 1982 a new pilot program was started which, for the first time, broadened the reach of the program to include schools outside of the PVUSD. One of these “sister” programs was South Bay Hands On Art, born in 1987, with only four elementary schools and thirty docents. In 1994, yet another “sister” program was born when Torrance formed their own group, Adventures in Art. This allowed Hands On Art to expand to the entire Redondo Beach Public School system. The program continued to duplicate and there are now 6 “sister” groups in the area. Today, South Bay Hands On Art proudly boasts 22 schools, both public and private and over 350 docents. We bring six different art projects to students in elementary, middle and high school classrooms, and afford the children the opportunity to experience the joy and magic of art in a non-judgmental, non-threatening environment. Thanks to the efforts of parent volunteers whose passion for art illuminates our children’s world, Hands On Art provides a rich and stimulating opportunity to experience art in different and exciting ways.
South Bay Hands On Art is supported by the California State PTA and the Redondo Beach Art Group and our generous sponsors.