Provide theatre to over 2,500 in-need NYC children



As part of our "Audience Project," Arts For All will tour a professional children's show, FREE OF CHARGE, to over 2,500 in-need children in the NYC area. Arts For All's 2012 show consists of two fairytale one-acts entitled "The Fairytale Academy" and "How Peanut Butter Met Jelly" written by Jenn Palumbo. Each one-act teaches important lessons to children about studying, sharing, teamwork, and friendship, with study guides provided. Assemblies are followed by a question and answer session.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Many programs offered for young people require funding from the hosting institution, which public schools cannot offer. Even in New York, a city brimming with theatres, museums, cultural centers, music venues, and other arts spaces, many children do not have access to these artistic institutions in or out of school due to the cost of artistic engagements. In addition to the fiscal cost, the time necessary to engage deeply with art is often unavailable outside of school settings.

How will this project solve this problem?

Arts For All serves in-need children who have little means or opportunity to explore the arts due to economic disadvantages, physical and mental disabilities, hospitalization, socialization issues, emotional trauma, or any other life challenge. This project will provide children with the opportunity to have a professional children's show come directly to their school or youth organization. If enough funds are raised we will also send children free drama workshops along with the performances.

Potential Long Term Impact

"The Fairytale Academy" and "How Peanut Butter Met Jelly" both provide valuable lessons for children, teaching children the importance of sharing, teamwork, and friendship. These themes will stay with children long after the show. Teachers will also revisit themes using Arts For All study guides provided, designed to encourage children to apply the lessons in their own lives.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $10,060

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $10,060 .  The original project funding goal was $10,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Anna Roberts Ostroff

Executive Director
New York, New York United States

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