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.
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. 

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!

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