From its beginning, the Minnetonka Center for the Arts' purpose has been to help a diverse group of Minnesotans - particularly families and children-make art a part of everyday life. We believe in the value of art making and art appreciation. Art not only transforms materials-wet clay and paint, dry canvas and dusty marble, molten bronze and gold-it transforms lives. We see it in children who go on to higher education in art; start doing better in school; gain self esteem from the experience of creating; and turn around troublesome behaviors and attitudes. We see it in adults who discover talents they never knew they had; enrich their lives after retirement; find new meaning in life despite debilitating illnesses; and become part of a community where the common bonds are individual expression and love of beauty.