Sarah comes from a family of musicians, sculptors, writers, painters, photographers, and dancers. As a result, the arts have always had a place in her life. Sarah’s personal mission is to give the gift of expression, empowerment, and self-confidence back to young people, just as many incredible adults did for her.
Sarah’s passion for working with young people began as a teenager, when she began working at the local Boys and Girls Club in her small mountain town of Fairplay, Colorado. In recognition of her service, The Boys and Girls Club awarded her a $10,000 scholarship to attend Colorado Mesa University. She graduated from CMU in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance. She continued to work with young people throughout college as a dance teacher, camp counselor and classroom assistant.
After graduating in 2013, Sarah moved to Denver where she danced professionally with several companies and began teaching throughout the Denver Metro Area. While working in the public school system, she was heartbroken to see how many young people did not have access to the arts due to school budget cuts and the high cost of extra-curricular activities. This led her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education and Human Development with hopes of closing this gap and giving the arts back to the young people who need it the most. She will graduate with her Master’s Degree in May of 2019.
Sarah Lanzarotta began serving as a volunteer at Art from Ashes in May 2018 and was asked to train as a workshop facilitator. She finished her training and was hired as Lead Facilitator and Program Manager in Jan 2019. In July of 2019, Sarah was promoted to full-time Director of Programs because of her skill at facilitating, her connection to the youth, her ability to instituted and monitor agency policies and procedures, and her openness to change and innovation. Sarah plans on using her training to launch the Wingspan program, facilitating body awareness and movement as a complementary program to Phoenix Rising.