A primary component of the ArtSpace mission is to foster whole-child growth. T.R.I.B.E.S. (Trust, Respect/Responsibility, Identity, Bonding, Effort, Service ), the middle school advisory program, provides a safe, nurturing environment for students to work with a teacher in a small group to address social, emotional, and academic needs. T.R.I.B.E.S. meets three times per week for 40 minutes to develop personal goals, design and implement service projects, and participate in teambuilding activities. Examples of service projects include volunteering at a local soup kitchen, partnering with the elderly, and reading buddies. T.R.I.B.E.S. also present the annual Empty Bowls event to promote hunger awareness while raising funds for the local food bank. Empty Bowls 2011 provided over 4,000 meals for families in WNC.