Arts For All is pleased to be gaining recognition throughout New York City for the work that we do with over 3,500 in-need students annually! Mad River Grille reached out to us to develop a fundraising event for our new Documentary Creation Project at Incarnation Children's Center, and our longtime consultancy partner, Catchafire, sponsored a photo shoot of the ongoing Literacy Through the Arts program.
Thanks to your generous support and our partnerships with organizations like Catchafire, Arts For All is able to continue to provide free arts programs this year, even as school budgets are cut and costs rise.
Documentary Creation Project
On February 27, Mad River Grille in Manhattan hosted a Drink for A Cause Fundraiser for Arts For All - and it was a huge success! All proceeds of the fundraiser will support our Documentary Creation Project at Incarnation Children’s Center. The 3-day intensive workshops will teach young people living with HIV/AIDS the tools to express themselves through video. The teens will learn filming, writing, and editing skills, and use them to create original documentaries about topics that are important in their lives. Teaching Artist Franklyn Strachan will guide the young people through all stages of documentary creation
Arts For All met our goal for Drink For a Cause - thanks to all of you who joined us!
Literacy Through the Arts
On March 21, two Catchafire photography professionals Hayley Samuelson and Deb Marcano joined Literacy Through the Arts Program Manager Shawn Shafner and Kindergarten Teaching Artist Robin Cannon in the Hamilton Heights classroom to volunteer their time and talents to the organization. The photographers took photos and participated in the class, helping Kindergarten students to paint using water colors and warming up with the group. In the class, students explored the sea and sea creatures using music, watercolors, and creative movement. Everyone had a wonderful time! The photos, shown below, will be used in Arts For All promotional materials and on Catchafire social media.
Literacy Through the Arts increases students’ reading, writing, and verbal expression skills through a multi-arts curriculum incorporating theater, literature, music, visual arts, and dance. The program runs in Grades K-1 at Hamilton Heights School. Teaching Artists work closely with classroom teachers to create a comprehensive multi-arts curriculum that supports literacy and learning. This semester, Kindergarten students focus on syllables and phonic recognition, and in a few weeks they will make their own instruments from recycled materials.
What's Next? Our Annual Benefit!
Broadway star Aaron Lazar hosts Arts For All's 5th annual cabaret benefit on April 21, 2013 at Joe's Pub - Arts For All Goes Public: Celebrating 5 Years! For more information, please visit the website.
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