Arts for All

Arts For All offers accessible artistic opportunities to children in the New York City area who face socio-economic, physical, or emotional barriers to exploring the arts. Through Arts For All, professional artists work with youth organizations to build self-confidence, self-expression, teamwork, resilience, and creativity in children.
Dec 2, 2014

The Emperor's New Clothes

A performance of "The Emperor
A performance of "The Emperor's New Clothes."

Thank you for supporting the 2014 Audience Project Tour, The Emperor’s New Clothes. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to present this show 14 times to a total of more than 2,500 under-served children at schools and community organizations that have little to no funding for arts education. For many of our audience members, it was their first time seeing a professional play.

We were fortunate to have such a talented group actors, which included Corrado Alicata, Mieko Gavia, Raphael Schklowsky, and Samantha Whitbeck. We also had a fantastic production team including Author, E. Gray Simmons III; Director (and veteran AFA Teaching Artist) Robin Cannon Colwell; Production Manager, Meredith Smart; Scenic Designer, Andrew Rasmussen; Original Music, Clayton Colwell; and additional production support from Simon Trumble, Simone Cipriano, and Brennan O’Rourke.

The student audiences raved about this performance and many asked the actors and their teachers if they could see the show again.

In addition to the performances, Arts For All created a study guide for the students to explore with their classroom teachers after the show. This allowed for deeper understanding of key themes brought up by the performance. This study guide included a summary of the performance, a fun crown-making activity, and much more.

We are closing this project page on Global Giving because this project was fully funded and the tour is complete. You can still support Arts For All’s programs through our main Global Giving page, "Art Programs for 3,500 In-Need New York Children." We also frequently update our Facebook, Twitter and Website with programmatic activities.

Thank you for supporting this important program and for helping bring the magic of theater to so many under-served children in New York City!

A performance of "The Emperor
A performance of "The Emperor's New Clothes."
A performance of "The Emperor
A performance of "The Emperor's New Clothes."
A performance of "The Emperor
A performance of "The Emperor's New Clothes."
The Emperor
The Emperor's New Clothes Logo

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Oct 31, 2014

The Audience Project Tour!

A performance of "The Emperor
A performance of "The Emperor's New Clothes."

Thanks to your support, Arts For All successfully launched its annual Audience Project Tour. This year’s production is a captivating interpretation of The Emperor’s New Clothes, which originated at Infinity Theatre Company in Annapolis, Maryland, this past summer. We will tour this show to over 2,500 under-served children at nine elementary schools in New York City this fall. For many of our student audience members, this will be their first experience seeing live theater.

Our incredibly talented company is thrilled to have begun performances and has especially enjoyed the excitement of the student audiences. This year’s company includes New York actors Corrado Alicata, Mieko Gavia, Raphael Schklowsky, and Samantha Whitbeck. We have a fantastic production team for this show that consists of Author, E. Gray Simmons III; Director, Robin Cannon Colwell; Production Manager, Meredith Smart; Scenic Designer, Andrew Rasmussen; Original Music, Clayton Colwell; and additional production support from Simon Trumble, Simone Cipriano, and Brennan O’Rourke. Thanks to your contribution, Arts For All is able to introduce live theatre into the lives of thousands of under-served children in the New York City area.

So far, the student audiences have absolutely loved The Emperor’s New Clothes. Some students enjoyed the show so much that they asked if they could “see it again tomorrow.” Others told the actors and production team, “That was AWESOME,” “the play was so great!” and “thank you so much for bringing us the play.”

An elementary school teacher whose students saw the show shared with us,
“ I just want to thank you again for bringing the show to my school. It was amazing and the kids really enjoyed it. Looking forward to working with Arts For All again.”

In addition to the performances, Arts For All created a study guide for the students to explore with their classroom teachers after the show. This will allow for deeper understanding of key themes raised within the play. This study guide includes a summary of the performance, a fun crown-making activity, and much more.

With your help, Arts For All continues to serve thousands of in-need New York City children by providing them with access to artistic opportunities which they might not receive otherwise. Thank you once again for helping Arts For All present The Emperor’s New Clothes this fall and spread the joy of live theater to our young audience members!

A performance of "The Emperor
A performance of "The Emperor's New Clothes."
A performance of "The Emperor
A performance of "The Emperor's New Clothes."
The Emperor
The Emperor's New Clothes

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Oct 21, 2014

Fall Programs at Arts For All

Students in LTA workshop
Students in LTA workshop

Thanks to your help, Arts For All continues to sustainably grow and offer accessible artistic opportunities to in-need children in the 5 boroughs of New York City. We have a full fall of programs that includes our annual Audience Project Tour. This year, we’re excited to present an engaging production of The Emperor’s New Clothes that originated at the Infinity Theatre Company in Annapolis, Maryland this past summer. We will tour this exciting show to over 2,500 under-served children in New York City. For much of our young audience, this will be their first experience with live theater.

Thanks to the vision of Arts For All supporter, Amy Losak, we’re providing another semester of Haiku programs for elementary students PS 163. This year’s second grade is divided up into two classes. One class will explore haiku poetry through visual arts with teaching artists, Vidho Lorville and Mélissa Smith. The other class will explore haiku through music with teaching artists Robin Cannon Colwell and Darien Dauchan. The previous year’s second grade enthusiastically participated in the haiku programs and created vibrant artworks and songs inspired by the haiku of the late Sydell Rosenberg.

We’re proud to report the Literacy Through the Arts Program is serving grades K-2 at Hamilton Heights Elementary and PS 15 Elementary, thanks, in part, to a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. The Literacy Through the Arts Program builds students’ reading, writing and verbal expression skills through a multi-arts curriculum in theater, literature, music, visual arts and dance. In the Literacy Through the Arts Program, we’re thrilled to report last semester's evaluations includes an 80% increase in literacy skills, a 60% increase in resilience & a 100% increase in self-confidence in certain classes.

This year, for the second year in a row, we’re receiving a grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. We’re thrilled that DCA believes in our programs and has chosen to continue our partnership, with a larger grant, for the coming year.

In September, we hosted our annual Professional Development Day which is mandatory for Arts For All Teaching Arts and Volunteers. At the PD Day, we reviewed Arts For All’s evaluation and assessment requirements and hosted interactive presentations by veteran AFA Teaching Artists. This year, we had a special guest speaker, Cliff Gabrielsen, a retired detective with over 20 years in law enforcement who gave a riveting talk on school safety. Mr. Gabrielsen spent significant time with our artists discussing how to be prepared in multiple emergency situations, everything from lockdown situations, to medical emergencies, to fire drills and even bullying situations.  Our teaching artists expressed they feel more prepared to react should such emergency situations arise while they are teaching. 

We currently have film, poetry, drama, dance and music workshops running at several partnering locations throughout the city. Thanks to your help, we are able to help over 3,500 under-served children in the New York City area build self-confidence, creativity, resilience, teamwork and self-expression through the arts. On the student evaluation forms for Arts For All Dance Teacher, Leslie St Jour’s 4th grade dance class last semester, one student, Kayla, wrote, “I love the dance moves you have taught me. You are talented with grace and heart in your story of wonder. I thank you for all you have done in my life.” Arts For All would never be able to have such an impact on as many children like Kayla without your help. Thank you, once again, for your continued belief in our mission. In world with so many worthy organizations to support, thank you for choosing Arts For All.

Haiku and Music Program
Haiku and Music Program
Students in an AFA drama workshop
Students in an AFA drama workshop
Students in an AFA drama workshop
Students in an AFA drama workshop

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