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The LENS Project

The LENS Project: an afterschool program all about perspective

The LENS Project is an after school program that uses the all the arts to teach social and leadership skills.  Our focus is on building connections with others through Empathy, Negotiation, and Sense of Self to improve relationships and personal growth.  Students work with a professional Teaching Artist, in partnership with a Liaison Teacher from their school, to discover these skills through arts experiences – sharing qualities about themselves through visual art, working with others to perform creative work, and solving challenges together to strengthen their communities.  This program is currently held at select schools in Bethel School District and Tacoma Public Schools, with generous support from the districts and grant funding.

“If you don’t know yourself, then it is hard to know other people.” –LENS Student
“If you have Empathy you understand what they are going through. Think about why; don’t criticize or judge.” –LENS Student
“I learned it is OK to feel awkward at first. I’ve learned how to Negotiate with people better. You use Negotiation every day in life.” –LENS 

The LENS Project Registration Form

The LENS Project Emergency Contact Form

If the LENS Project is being offered at your student’s school this semester and you would like to submit an electronic copy of the Registration and Emergency Contact form, please click the following link to email the Education Department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Partner Schools:

Bethel District

Camas Prairie Elementary, Centennial Elementary, Elk Plain School of Choice, Evergreen Elementary, Fredrickson Elementary, Kapowsin Elementary, Rocky Ridge Elementary, Bethel Middle, Cedarcrest Middle, Cougar Mountain Middle, Liberty Middle, Spanaway Middle

Tacoma District

Franklin Elementary, Sheridan Elementary, Stafford Elementary, McCarver Elementary, First Creek Middle, Jason Lee Middle, Truman Middle

Puyallup District

Waller Road Elementary, Ferrucci Junior High

The LENS Project currently serves over 300 youth and 1,000 family members annually. The program has received support from:



Pierce County Community Connections


Bamford Family Foundation

Wells Fargo

Pierce County Arts Commission

Baker Foundation

Fuchs Foundation

SL Gimbel Foundation of the Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernadino

Charlotte Martin Foundation

Franciscan Foundation

June & Julian Foss Foundation

Woodworth Family Foundation

William Randolph Hearst Foundation