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National Institute of Arts

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARTS - NIA
The National Institute of Arts was born by the merging of two of St. Maarten’s most prestigious and oldest artists training centers: Motiance Dance School Foundation and Imbali Center for Creative Movement
Founded by Arlene Halley and Clara Reyes, NIA was incorporated on April 11, 2013. NIA, a vision born in 1991 came to fruition when both Arlene Halley and Clara Reyes respectively acknowledged an intense desire to share with the Country St. Maarten their expertise fused in one institution. With their combined teaching expertise of over 40 years, Ms. Reyes and Ms. Halley have established themselves as the leader in cultural and artistic development.
The National Institute of Arts provides national and international recognized interdisciplinary art education inspired by the principals of nation building. Honoring the UNESCO guidelines of safe guarding intangible heritage provides Interdisciplinary Art education to highest standard of excellence for amateur and professional pursuit in a safe and nurturing environment. The institute engages in research, documentation, preserving and safe guarding the tangible and intangible cultural heritage as well contemporary legacy.
The National Institute of Arts is that place where the student of arts and artistry come together under a bold new vision that celebrates artistry and art making.
NIA is an interdisciplinary institution geared toward babies as young as 2 months old and adults of all ages. NIA offers a wide range of classes and programs in the visual, performing arts, gymnastics and yoga.  Our doors are open to all who wish to partake in the creative art experience. NIA fosters creativity innovation and explores the full potential of the arts and culture. At NIA we recognize the life sustaining and positive transformative power of the arts, as a catalyst towards fulfilling our full human potential.
Nia offers comprehensive art and cultural education to children, teens, and adults of all ages. NIA offers scholarships, professional upgrading programs in the arts, hosts artists in residence and is the one stop shop for all things cultural and artistic on the island.
The flagship housing the artistic vision of NIA is located at located at the John Larmonie Center in Philipsburg.
At NIA we offer varied and complex training in various creative expression techniques geared to develop technical dexterity as well as artistic merits. Our trainings are centered in the classics, but allow space for the innovative.  Keeping in touch with the latest developments and trends in arts education, NIA teachers regularly attend workshops and conferences to maintain a high standard of excellence.
In addition NIA students compete in international dance competitions to remain current.
The National Institute of Arts NIA sees upwards of 1500 students weekly by offering also an in-school and afterschool program; NIA is affiliated with Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts, the community In- and after school program for the Catholic School Board. NIA has partnered with the Montessori School, the Caribbean International Academy, the Philipsburg Jubilee Library summer programs and the prestigious Art Saves Lives
NIA students have been accepted at the Amsterdam Hoge School for the Kunst, Lucia Marthas Institute for performing arts, Broadway Dance Center, Steps to name a few reputable schools.
NIA jumped into action after the passing of the devastating hurricane Irma by opening its doors 2 weeks after for the community with the program “ART HEALS”. Thanks to support from among others the Prins Berhard Cultuur Fonds Caribisch Gebied and MECYS NIA was able to provide FREE classes for 3 months to 400 students!
Recently, NIA is proud to have established St. Maarten’s first Youth Orchestra with the help of the Dutch Disaster Fund. For the past 2 years the Institute has been under the direction of Arlene Halley
Mission Statement
The mission of the National Institute of Arts is to provide national and international recognized interdisciplinary art education inspired by the principals of nation building. Serving the community of St. Maarten, NIA’s purpose is providing Art education to highest standard of excellence for amateur and professional pursuit in safe and nurturing environment. The institute will engage in research, documentation, preserving and safe guarding the tangible and intangible cultural heritage as well contemporary legacy.
Vision statement
NIA’s Vision is to continuously strive for artistic excellence in our efforts to establish our position as one of the Caribbean’s finest accredited Institutes of inter-disciplinary arts education. Our vision is rooted in the fundamental principles that sound classical foundation provides the impetus for innovation.
NIA is committed in providing its personnel with professional development, to maintain its high standard of artistic excellence.