“The Art Institute of Atlanta now prides itself on being a nonproﬁt institution – and leaving an impact on our community – and the world – it is our driving point,” said AiA’s President Newton Myvett.
Founded in 1969, the Art Institute system of schools has struggled in recent years as for-profit institutions came under scrutiny. Enrollments declined, students who questioned the worth of their Art Institute degrees filed a lawsuit and as many as 15 schools were scheduled to close in 2015.
Last year, Dream Center Education Holdings, a philanthropic organization in Los Angeles with ties to a Pentecostal church, purchased AiA and 30 other AI schools.
Since then the school has engaged in a number of philanthropic initiatives and has created a range of programs to help prepare high school students for college.