Saluda River Academy for the Arts (SRAA), a small neighborhood school in West Columbia, SC has had the arts in its foundation for over 20 years. Full-time classes in Visual Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre, Artists-in- Residence, Arts Integration, and after-school arts experiences allow K-5 students to have a truly arts-enriched experience.Community, district, state, and legislative support over the years has helped in making these arts experiences possible. At Saluda River, we believe that the arts allow students to explore and develop world-class skills such as creativity, innovation, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving. The arts promote life and career characteristics such as integrity, self-direction, global perspective, perseverance, work ethic, and interpersonal skills. The arts encompass all learning styles and abilities, and provide opportunities for success.