We Need Your Help

Dixon School of the Arts is a private, kindergarten through 8th-grade school, serving at-risk youth living in Escambia County, Florida. Dixon seeks to end the cycle of poverty through extraordinary educational experiences. Dixon is unique in our mission to serve at-risk youth with an arts-focused education. There are no other schools in the county, or surrounding counties, that focus on the provision of enriched educational opportunities for students in need. The work of our teachers has a profound impact on the lives of our students, their families and the greater community in which they live.  

Dixon provides an alternative to the public school system for students and families who seek more hands-on learning experiences, intensive arts instruction and attention to student and community needs and issues. Dixon hires dedicated teachers focused on teaching the whole child, including social and emotional aspects of education. The curriculum includes intensive instruction the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art Design and Math (STEAM). There is a strong emphasis on the Arts and Design, as instruction in educational arts helps to promote creativity and higher level thinking skills, further developing students’ capacity for learning. Dixon provides students with a safe, and enriching environment, which is critical for student growth and success.

Attending Dixon School of the Arts is a transformative experience for students. Most of the students at Dixon have never left the greater Pensacola area, not even to venture as far as Pensacola Beach. Once inside our doors, we begin to see students feel good about themselves because of the things they are able to accomplish in their art, dance and music classes. The unique learning experiences Dixon offers the exposure to the greater world outside of one’s neighborhood, and our work to help each child understand that they can do anything they put their mind to, opens up a new world of opportunities for each and every student. This positive alteration in outlook is so profound for our students that it permeates their thinking and helps to inspire others–improving the lives of their families and the lives of others in the community.

Transportation Need

Transportation to and from school for our students is critical. Approximately 90% of Dixon students depend on the school for daily transportation to and from our building. If Dixon does not provide this service, daily class attendance becomes improbable or more often, impossible for most students.

This is where we need your help the most. For many months, Dixon has been working with the available resources to piecemeal together a working system to ensure students can get to school. Your financial support for will enable Dixon to provide reliable transportation for students to and from school and will have an immediate, positive impact on the budget for the school year. Eliminating vehicle rental expenses will make funding available for other educational and curriculum necessities, including textbooks, computers and other supplies.

Since Dixon School of the Arts is entirely funded by the Innisfree and other donors, we are constantly looking for opportunities to raise money. If you are interested in helping change the lives of our scholars, please consider donating below or e-mailing Katie Cobb at [email protected] for more information on ways to get involved.

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352)




Dixon School of the Arts Board of Directors

Brenda Baldwin

State of FL DJJ Probation
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249 North C Street, Pensacola 32501
4 years service

Jill Thomas (Secretary)

Chief Marketing Officer, Innisfree Hotels
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1631 Bulevar Menor, Pensacola Beach
2 years service

Rich Chism (Board Chair)

Director of Development, Innisfree Hotels
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412 Megan Drive, Cantonment, FL, 32533
3 years service

Kevin Mair

Vice President, Cardiovascular Services
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8383 North Davis Hwy, Pensacola, FL
1 year service

LaStacey Hendrieth

Health Educator
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7404 Acres Circle, Pensacola, FL 32503
4 years service

James R. Green, Jr.

Attorney, Clarke Partington
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915 Fairway Drive, 32507
3 years service

Donald Wills (Treasurer)

Federal Employee Benefit Advisers Group
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1720 W. Fairfield Dr. Suite 103, Pensacola FL, 32503
3 years service

Carmen Powe

Certified School Counselor, LMHC_I
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7002 Forshalee Street, Pensacola, FL 32503
1 year service