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.
May 7, 2014

Spring at Arts For All!

The cast of "A Paper Bag Princess."
The cast of "A Paper Bag Princess."

Spring at Arts For All is bringing many exciting things, including two field trips! The first is our annual Day at the Met, sponsored by Capgemini, which is taking place this Saturday, May 10th. For the past eleven years (with the exception of 2005), Arts for All has organized a day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The trip serves to expose youth to the classics, inviting the children and teens to fully explore all the museum has to offer. The children who will attend our 2014 A Day at the Met include: children from New Alternatives for Children, an organization providing specialized care for disabled and chronically ill children and second graders from PS 163, an extremely low income elementary school in the Bronx.

The Metropolitan Museum donates tickets each year to Arts For All to allow a group of in-need children to visit the museum. Participants have a tour from a Metropolitan Museum Tour Guide, an exhibit-specific tour led by Arts For All Teaching Artists, and have lunch together. Capgemini, PS 163 and New Alternatives for Children provide adult chaperones for the visit. Arts For All provides volunteers to spend the day with the group, lead the afternoon tour, and keep the youth company. Volunteers engage the children and help ensure that they have a good experience.

For the second field trip, taking place at the end of the school year, Arts For All is bringing second-graders from PS 163 to the office of Smart Design, an innovative design agency. Smart Design will facilitate a design-oriented art workshop with the students, giving them a hands-on artistic experience and insight into the world of professional design.

Also coming up this month, Teaching Artist Franklyn Strachan will run the second Video Creation Project with children and youth living at Incarnation Children’s Center (ICC), a facility providing specialized care for youth living with HIV and AIDS. Last year’s Video Creation Project at ICC was an exciting, moving experience for both student participants and ICC and AFA staff. We’re excited to offer this program a second year in a row, thanks in part to funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. We’re seeking additional funding for this program and we welcome your ideas on how to support and grow this special program.

Finally, Arts For All’s Haiku Program was recently featured in an article on the importance of teaching poetry, by Suzi Parker on the website takepart.com. You can read that article here. http://www.arts-for-all.org/archives/1968

Thanks so much for supporting our programs! With your help, Arts For All continues to deepen our programs and our commitment to helping in-need children develop self-confidence, self-expression, teamwork, resilience and creativity through the arts.

Students in a creative movement and music workshop
Students in a creative movement and music workshop
Students in an AFA drama workshop.
Students in an AFA drama workshop.
Happy participant in a visual arts workshop
Happy participant in a visual arts workshop
Students in the Literacy Through the Arts program
Students in the Literacy Through the Arts program

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Feb 19, 2014

Creative Works and other spring programs.

Children in an LTA class.
Children in an LTA class.

Arts For All’s 2014 Programming is off to a great start. Programs are up and running at PS 69 on Staten Island where we provide music and drama workshops for First Graders in a Special Education class and an after-school drama program for Fourth Graders who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford an after-school program.  Both of these residencies are taught by veteran AFA Teaching Artist, Robin Cannon Colwell.

Literacy Through the Arts is also underway at PS 15 and Hamilton Heights Elementary. Our Literacy Through the Arts Program increases students’ reading, writing, and verbal expression skills through a multi-arts curriculum incorporating theater, literature, music, visual arts, and dance.  This program is also aligned with the New York State Common Core Learning Standards.

This spring, we are excited to offer our Creative Works Program again at New Alternatives for Children. Creative Works is a self-expression program for in-need youth ages 10-­16 to discover their own stories and express them in a public performance. AFA partners with New Alternatives for Children (NAC), an organization working with children in the 5 boroughs with medical disabilities and/or chronic illness. Through the Creative Works Program, the students create their own original play and perform it for an invited audience of their peers, family and friends. We have offered this program several times throughout the years at NAC and it is always met with great enjoyment by students and staff members alike.

We’re also gearing up for Arts For All’s Annual Day at the Met. Every year, we take a group of 50-60 children on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum. In the morning, children take part in a museum highlights tour lead by a Met tour guide. Children later receive free lunch, and then participate in an exhibit-specific tour in the afternoon led by an Arts For All artist. This year’s Day at the Met will take place in early May. Stay tuned for more details.

Thank you once again for your belief in and support of our free arts programs for over 3,500 in-need children in the New York City area. From everyone at Arts For All, we wish you a creative, productive and healthy 2014!

Students in a drama workshop get into character.
Students in a drama workshop get into character.
Students in an after school drama workshop.
Students in an after school drama workshop.
Students in a creative movement and music workshop
Students in a creative movement and music workshop

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Dec 3, 2013

Happy Holidays from Arts For All

A piece of student artwork from our Haiku Program.
A piece of student artwork from our Haiku Program.

On behalf of everyone at Arts For All, we’d like to wish you a happy holiday season!  This year, Arts For All worked hard to refine our mission and vision to better support our aim of offering accessible artistic opportunities to kids in the NYC area who face socio-economic, physical, or emotional barriers to exploring the arts while building self-confidence, self-expression, teamwork, resilience and creativity in the children we serve.

We’re excited to share some AFA highlights from 2013.

Thanks to the generosity of many individual donors and a $2,400 prize from Global Giving, we produced a children’s theater tour this fall.  Arts For All presented E. Gray Simon’s version of the classic tale Pinocchio for over 2,500 students all over New York City.  Each student and teacher received a study guide to further explore the themes of teamwork, learning right from wrong and the importance of family and friends presented in the play.

We are excited about our new partnership with Sobro in the South Bronx.  This summer, five teaching artists taught residencies in dance, poetry, visual art and drama at two sites. Our relationship has continued into the school year with an after-school chorus program for teenagers.

We also held our first documentary film program, lead by Teaching Artist Franklyn Strachan, for youth at the Incarnation Children’s Center, a nursing facility that provides specialized care for children and adolescents living with HIV/AIDS. This program was a huge success and we’re seeking funding to offer this program at the Incarnations Children’s Center again in 2014.

This fall, Arts For All was thrilled to collaborate with Amy Losak, a Senior Vice President at Ketchum Public Relations in New York, on a new program for second graders at P.S 163 in the Bronx which brought to colorful life the lyrical poetic legacy of Amy’s late mother, Sydell Rosenberg, a public school teacher, ESL teacher and published American haiku poet who lived in New York City.  Arts For All Teaching Artist Vidho Lorville led six visual arts workshops that used several of Ms. Rosenberg’s haiku as teaching tools. Under his instruction, the students created visual art inspired by the short poems. Teaching artist Shawn Shafner, who presided with Vidho over the first and final workshops in the series, also helped facilitate the children’s understanding of haiku, telling them that they should try to “see” poetry everywhere, even in the small moments around them, and make art from those moments.

With over 30 workshops each month, we are reaching over 3,500 children in NYC each year. Without your dedication to Arts For All, we’d never be able to reach as many in-need children.  This December, Arts For All is excited to participate in a Global Giving fundraising campaign.  Organizations that raise the highest amount from at least 30 separate donors throughout the entire month of December stand to win cash prizes of up to $3,000.  This holiday season, please consider making a donation to Arts For All on our Global Giving page.  Your gift will truly go a long way to support the students we serve.  Thank you for your continued support.  We look forward to another great year of Arts For All programming in 2014.

Teaching Artist, Robin Colwell, with students.
Teaching Artist, Robin Colwell, with students.
Photo from "Pinocchio," our Audience Project tour.
Photo from "Pinocchio," our Audience Project tour.
Student artwork from our Haiku Program.
Student artwork from our Haiku Program.
Elementary students in an AFA drama workshop.
Elementary students in an AFA drama workshop.
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