The mission of Workshop Unlimited is to support nonprofit organizations in finding ways to sustain their creativity and vitality. Workshop Unlimited seeks models of excellence in nonprofit enterprise that advance the vitality of individuals at all levels of the organization. Through organizing peer-based meetings as well as producing and disseminating resource materials, Workshop Unlimited promotes the adoption of forward-looking nonprofit practices. Workshop Unlimited receives grants from Foundations for the development of conferences, TV programs profiling individual leaders and the production of a book, A View From Within. Workshop Unlimited, Inc was established in 1972 by a group of working artists who responded to a local community's need for a creative arts facility. At the time The Workshop was formed, creative arts instruction was not a formal part of the elementary and secondary school curriculum. Classes offered to adults and children in all art forms, including multi-media, were the most significant part of The Workshop's activities. Because of the success of the facility, the artists were invited into the schools to lead in-service training for teachers. The training led to the development of programs that encouraged children to discover imaginative ways to explore the creative and performing arts. Over the next several years, The Workshop's activities shifted from classes offered in the creative arts to development of forums for women artists, where they exchanged ideas on how to deal with commonly encountered problems. The forums enabled artists who had been working in isolation to find support and to contribute to each other's creative process.