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.
Aug 31, 2011

Falling into Fall... Back to School!

As summer is winding down, we are gearing up! August 29th is the official first day of public school here in New York City . Since Arts for All provides many programs to public schools, we’re about to get very busy!
 
Some of our programs that will be back up and running are:
 
Literacy Through The Arts
LTA is designed to increase students' reading, writing and oral expression through a multi-art curriculum focusing on movement, music, and visual arts. This program runs at PS 15 in the Lower East Side for grades K-2.
 
Step Right Up
This is a 10 week program where students write, produce and perform an original piece of theater. Teaching Artists guide their students through all aspects of bringing a play to life thereby exposing the kids to writing, acting, directing, costume design, set design, music, choreography, prop styling, and stage management. This Fall, the program will be at The Green School, a public high school in Brooklyn ’s Bushwick neighborhood, offered to all grade levels.
 
Workshops in All Artistic Disciplines
We offer workshops in drama, dance, musical theatre, film, music, painting, drawing, mask and puppet making, and academic based projects. We will be working with multiple schools, community centers, shelters and hospitals this fall to offer a number of exciting artistic programs.
 
Audience Project
This fall we will offer our fourth tour of a professional children's production to schools all over the 5 boroughs.  Stay tuned to Global Giving as we will soon have a separate fundraising page created for this tour and will announce the production!  Last year, because of everyone's support through Global Giving, we were able to serve over 2,700 children with our fall tour.
 
Thank you to everyone who has donated to make so many programs possible for the Fall Semester!
Jun 7, 2011

Home Is Where The Art Is

A very special thank you to all of those who help make our programs possible! Today I would like to share some very special poetry created by teenagers in an Arts for All program. 

Teaching Artist, Bonnie Pipkin, led a two-part performance poetry workshop with two ninth grade ELA classes at The Green School in Brooklyn. In the first session of the program, Bonnie gave her students a series of writing prompts all centered on the idea of home: Homelessness, Dream Homes, Home Away from Home, and Far From Home. Many students took this opportunity to draw from very personal experiences and deep from their hearts. The classroom provided a safe space for the children to share their work without judgment or expectation. The second session of the workshop was held on stage in the auditorium. After a crash course on slam poetry, they broke into groups to prepare their performances using writing from the week before. The class ended with every student participating in a performance.
 
The final, and very special, element of this workshop was that some of their work was performed by professional actors at Arts for All’s third annual Cabaret Benefit Performance, "Home Is Where The Art Is" held at The Kitchen in Manhattan.  Following are some of the poems that were shared:

Dream Home

My dream home is to have marble floors

Black leather couches

3-4 rooms

White fluffy rug in the living room

I want a black puppy with long ears

I want some palm trees to be in my driveway

I want four kids named Jordan, Monica, Israel and Isabella

I want a black navigator, a white Honda and a black and gold Lexus

Home Away From Home

I’m not at home. I feel like there is something missing. Even though I was born here. I miss my REAL home. Where my parents came from. Where my grandparents came from. Where my whole family came from. My true place where I’m from. Where I know I belong. I feel that I don’t belong here. I wasn’t meant to be here. I don’t feel at home. I belong in Dominican Republic. The place I love.

The place I belong

My home.

Far From Home

Home is the boss and the boss is at the last level. Gotta beat those enemies or avoid them, but I gotta start from level one and go on every level an beat it. The weird things is, the boss is my friend.

Homeless

In the crescent moonlight I lay awake in a never-ending field of grass. As I hear the wind scurrying and bursting through the grass, I think of the pain that still lingers in my heart that yearns for something night after night. I could hear the howls of hounds and wolves. I could feel the sadness and agony in their broken cries. I too knew their pain. Aimlessly I traveled across many fields, overcame many challenges to survive. In time I grew more resourceful, my reflexes sharpened but none of these skills matter. I’m in a never-ending mystery until I come across a hill. I climbed and climbed until I could see my little home.

Mar 9, 2011

Thank you and an update!

Thanks to everyone who continues to support Arts for All.  We could never serve as many in-need children without you!

Many wonderful Arts for All programs are off an running this year, and many more will be added this month.  One of the programs we are thrilled to be running again this semester is our Literacy The Arts Program - and it would not be possible with out your support!

The Literacy Through the Arts program is a 32 week program designed for grades K - 2, to better children's reading, writing and verbal expression through a multi-art curriculum.  Taught by wonderful teaching artists, Lena Moy-Borgen, Shawn Shafner and Robin Cannon, this program currently runs at PS15, an in-need public school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  This program is unique because of the use of differentiated instruction through various art skills to help increase literacy.  We also work very closely with the school teachers and staff, designing each lesson plan and ensuring we are incorporating activities that reinforce what the children are learning in their literacy classes. This is our 8th semester of this exciting program at PS15!  We are grateful to be able to sustain such a long-term relationship with this school, due to the generosity of so many individuals!  To learn about our other programs, visit our winter/spring 2011 calendar!  More will be added in the upcoming weeks!

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