The mission of the OYOU ("Own Your Own Universe" 501(c)(3) nonprofit) is to make the arts accessible to everyone. Our events empower and transform lives by connecting the mind, body, and spirit, through music and the creative arts.


"The OYOU stands for "Own Your Own Universe." It's a lyric taken from a song of mine called "Wallet." It's my belief that all things are possible with a sense of purpose, a work ethic, and a mission greater than ourselves. What "Own Your Own Universe" means to me, is that I have the power within myself to live the best life I can — regardless of my circumstances, and in doing so, inspire others to do the same. The OYOU helps people get through what they can't get over. Whether it be journaling or songwriting, learning to play an instrument, or participating in a variety of our other events, the OYOU changes lives for the better. And the true beauty of the OYOU, is that anyone can take the tools we provide by way of our events and apply them to their own lives. In doing so, it reaffirms the notion of the power that the arts can have on the human condition and soul."

— Terri Hendrix  

The OYOU is committed to paying its teachers, artists, and performers. We are also committed to outreach within our community, celebrating diversity, and providing an artistic outlet to those with disabilities. 

 

The entire industry of the performing and visual arts has been turned upside down due to advances in technology and a massive shift in how people consume music and view the arts. We provide a source of income to artists by giving them an audience in which to perform and or teach. 

 

The OYOU creates an atmosphere where those that make their living in the arts can not only survive, but thrive, in both education and performance. 

 

Our classes are small. We also provide scholarships for those who would otherwise be unable to attend, and we also work with those with disabilities — often one on one.

 

Please considering donating to the OYOU so that we can pay our teachers and performers a reasonable wage for their hard work and creative efforts.