The purpose of education is to prepare young people to take responsibility for the world they will soon inherit. At a time of ecological stress and social and political fragmentation, the Arete Project offers innovative, credit-granting courses that develop students as citizens, stewards, and leaders.
In spring 2019, the Arete Project kicked off a $1.2 million capital campaign towards the purchase and development of the Good River Campus – an 18-acre riverfront parcel near Glacier Bay National Park – destined to be the long-term home for our programs. We invite you to consider making a capital pledge as we realize this long-held dream.
The term arete (ar-et’-ay) designates the highest human potential, the “best that we can be.” The concept of arete dates back to ancient Greece, and is found throughout the writings of Homer, Plato, Aristotle, and their intellectual descendants. It is often translated as “virtue” or “excellence,” but encompasses much more—in various times and in various places, the term has been associated with bravery, cooperation, justice, loyalty, intelligence, compassion, diligence – while ultimately transcending them all. The Arete Project takes an expansive view of human excellence, balancing together the uniqueness of each student’s potential and the flourishing of the community in which they live.
The mission of the Arete Project is education for citizenship, stewardship, and leadership.
Our model integrates
- rigorous engagement with the liberal arts and sciences
- physical labor undertaken in service of the land and community
- democratic self-governance of, for, and by our students
We inspire our students to pursue the cultivation of wisdom, living a good life in thought and action, and devotion to world and humanity.
Our educational community welcomes people of all backgrounds, builds bridges across social divides, honors Tlingit tradition and culture, and serves people from down the road and around the world.
Our home in Alaska brings students into close communion with the natural world through work, play, study, and service, centered at Sit Eeti Geeyi / Glacier Bay.
Why Support the Arete Project?
- We’re preparing a diverse new generation of civic and environmental leaders, empowered with the knowledge, skills, and passion to better their communities and the world.
- We provide a transformative, expansive education. We pursue learning not for grades, but out of desire for true understanding of the world, the self, and others.
- We apply a unique approach to leadership. There are no simulated scenarios at Arete – only the questions encountered in real life, democratic governance, and organizational operation.
- Your dollar goes far. Arete Project programs cost roughly $500 per student per week.
- Your donation is 100% tax deductible. The Arete Project is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Thank you for being a part of this important work!
Our Capital Campaign
In spring 2019, the Arete Project kicked off a $1.2 million capital campaign towards the purchase and development of the Good River Campus – an 18-acre riverfront parcel near Glacier Bay National Park – destined to be the long-term home for our programs. We invite you to consider making a capital pledge as we realize this long-held dream. For further information – or to request a copy of our case statement or business plan – please contact Executive Director Laura Marcus at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Disclosure: This campaign has been created by Charhub’s support team on behalf of The Arete Project who will be the sole recipient of all contributions as outlined within our Terms. For further details, read our Disclaimer or contact our support team at email@example.com
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