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.
Feb 22, 2012

Winter Program Overview - Arts For All

We’re excited to be starting 2012 off with a bang! Already this year, we’ve offered a number of exciting programs, and we’re still going very strong as we approach the end of February.

Teaching artist Mèlissa Smith kicked off January by teaching weekly movement and dance workshops to students K-1 at Project C.O.O.L. after-school program in the East Village. Teaching artist Robin Cannon took Arts For All to the outer boroughs with weekly drama programs at PS 69 in Staten Island and The Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights.

We’re also thrilled to be further developing our Literacy Through the Arts program- an initiative that serves students K-2 and focuses on improving reading, writing, and verbal expression skills through a multi-arts curriculum of music, dance, and visual arts.  Teaching artists Shawn Shafner, Lena Moy-Borgen, and Robin Cannon are scheduled to teach LTA programs each week through May 2012 at PS 15, and this program is also expanding to Kindergarteners at Hamilton Heights Elementary in Harlem!!

This February saw the return of teaching artist Bonnie Pipkin’s Step Right Up program. Over the course of ten weeks, Bonnie and fellow teaching artist Robin Cannon will work with 5th graders at Project C.O.O.L. to create original productions of theater, dance, music and art. The residency ends on April 27th with an original theatrical production written, produced, and performed by students!

Get Involved, and let’s stay on track to hold on to that momentum through the rest of the year. Help us achieve our goal of serving more children than ever before! Learn more about these and other programs on our Current Programs page, and don’t forget to check our new website that launched in January at www.arts-for-all.org.

- The Arts For All Team

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
~John Dewey

Nov 22, 2011

Your Support Means More Arts Programming in NYC!

 Arts for All regularly provides artistic workshops at Children’s Village Shelter, a sanctuary for runaway and homeless teenagers in Westchester. On October 15th, Melissa Smith taught a Creative Movement Workshop for the teenagers in the shelter. The workshop consisted of physical warm ups with an emphasis on isolations and personal awareness, authentic movement exercises, interpreting photos into movement and words, room writing exercises, a cool down with physical awareness and relaxation, then finally a talkback. They explored moving their bodies in unconventional ways and Melissa encouraged her students to do things they had never done before and to move out of their comfort zones. They were absolutely willing and participated with enthusiasm! The group was also encouraged to talk about positive things they noticed in their peers and to verbalize their personal responses to the exercises. The take-away from the workshop was that if you don’t have paints or pencils to express yourself creatively, your body is your instrument. You always have it with you so take care of it!

 

We are so grateful for your support in helping us continue to offer so many wonderful artistic workshops for in-need children!
Nov 1, 2011

Thank you!

Photo from "The Mountain Song"
Photo from "The Mountain Song"

My sincerest thanks to each of you who donated to our campaign to help provide theatre to over 2,500 NYC children this fall.  BECAUSE OF YOU WE HAVE NOW RAISED $9,807.  This total includes the matching funds from GlobalGiving's matching day, which are not reflected on the actual project page total.  Currently about 2,625 children are scheduled to see the show, and likely we will have one or two more groups still sign up!  We are less then $200 away from reaching our final goal, and we coud not be more apprecaitive!  We never could have done this with out the generosity that each of you showed over the last month.  We look forward to updating you on the progress of the show, and on the reactions of the children who experience the show. THANK YOU from everyone at Arts For All, and mostly, THANK YOU from the in-need children we serve. 

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