K12 Gallery & TEJAS (Teen Educational and Joint Adult Studio) is a visual arts center that inspires people of all ages from the Miami Valley to imagine, learn, and create art in a unique and encouraging environment through 400 on-site art classes and exhibitions and over 1,000 off-site classes at 15 urban locations. Created in 1993 as a grassroots effort by artist and teacher Jerri Stanard, her passion and dedication to engaging people through arts has grown this non-profit organization into an established leader for the visual arts in the Dayton community.
Our professional artists have led low-income students, youth on probation, adults with disabilities, prisoners, and survivors of violence achieve equal access to experience the educational and healing quality of the arts. In addition, the K12 Gallery & TEJAS team has provided dozens of public art projects to add cultural beauty to the Dayton region and formed collaborations to expand the visual arts to new levels. Today, K12 Gallery & TEJAS impacts over 25,000 lives in their historic 35,900 square foot facility at the corner of Jefferson and Patterson Streets as they strive to become the Premier Center for art education, creation and exhibition in downtown Dayton and the Miami Valley.