Behailu Academy is a free arts-based youth development program that provides the time, space and experiences for youth to find, define, refine and share their unique voices through the arts and artistic expression.


At Behailu Academy, we believe that art is not a luxury-- especially for our youth-- and it should not be reserved only for neighborhoods, homes, and schools that are well resourced. To ensure all youth have access to the arts, art instruction, and the valuable life skills and community fostered through art, we bring high-quality after-school arts programming to the schools and provide transportation to and from the program at no cost.

This fall we’ll be opening our doors at our new location in West Charlotte in partnership with INVEST COLLEGIATE: Transform. This site will be the first of several Behailu Academy Hubs which will bring students from nearby schools together to participate in the program as we create a larger web of support for our youth around art and community. Stay tuned for more as our plan develops!