FIOC was founded by Vannessa and Manfred Slaughter in 1997. FIOC is uniquely situated in the beautiful Berkshires, FIOC programming reflects the scope of identities that make up our community, our city, and our world, so that anyone who comes to our programs might see themselves reflected in all our programs regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexuality, socio-economic background, physical or mental ability.
FIOC embraces the multitude of ways children learn, grow, and communicate. We value how education, performance, sports, and dance can unlock expressive opportunities, and connect children and communities to one another, and gifts upon the human experience. We believe that physical and mental education has immeasurable potential to inspire children building their confidence at the same time building our community and advancing social justice work.