Jun 23, 2021

End of Spring 2021: What's In Store for AFA & More!

AFA TA Darian Dauchan - Poetry Time!
AFA TA Darian Dauchan - Poetry Time!

 

The End of Spring 2021 Programming:

Since the begining of the pandemic Arts For All has made strides in maintaining our programs and delivering them to our partners in need. As we've now reached the end of Spring 2021, we at Arts For All want to take the time to share with you some of what had taken place during this past Spring:

Literacy Through The Arts - Starting back in February 2021, AFA conducted 7 residencies within Renaissance Charter School, 5 of which are for kindergarden, and 2 of which are for 1st grade. Outside of live time virtual facilitation, three of our Teaching Artists Mélissa Smith, Shawn Shafner, and Leah Young worked on creating 15 different types of virtual learning work-along videos that each of our partners such as PS15, PS76, and PS163 could utilize with their teachers and students.

Artistic Residency Program - Since starting back in March, we've continued to provide virtual programs from 2020 to a number of our long-term partners, including Williamsburg High School of Arts & Technology, New Alternatives for Children, and Renaissance Charter School. Each of these virtual programs have become complete successes thanks to the support of our community and Teaching Artists who make it all possible!

Audience Project - Under the guidance of AFA Teaching Artist Darian Dauchan, we've been able to revive and produce 6 performances of"Voice Power," a production written and created by Darian himself, to various school partners live in a virtual setting. This has been a omplete success and are in the process to potentially do more performances of Voice Power throughout the summer.

 

More details recapping our Spring Programming can be read on our Spring recap/Summer Newsletter, which we will be sending along shortly to our community via Constant Contact later in July 2021, so stayed tuned for that!


Mondays with Mé featuring Mélissa Smith

Continuing on the virtual learning programming we've built in 2020, we've been excited to promote and expand on our brand new Mondays with Mé weekly live stream events featuring Arts For All Teaching Artist Mélissa Smith all throughout Spring.

Having launched on January 18th, 2021, we've successfully completed 23 weekly Monday's with Mé events going through the end of June! This program has been taking place on our Facebook page every Monday at 1pm EST, where Mélissa, in live time focuses on either daily readings from a children's book, movement activities to help keep young children engaged in all of the fun, and from time to time brings in special guests to share their art to our students! Because of the success of these events, we're very happy to announce that for the Fall 2021 we will continue to provide Monday's with Mé and a permanent part of our programming!

We hope you enjoyed reading this brief report regarding our wrap up of Spring 2021 programming, and we look forward to sharing more with you as we approach Summer 2021!

And please be sure to follow us our social media pages to stay up to date on all things current with Arts For All!

Feb 22, 2021

Spring 2021 Updates: New Programming & More!

AFA TA Darian Dauchan - Virtual Learning Series!
AFA TA Darian Dauchan - Virtual Learning Series!

Program updates for Spring 2021

Since March 2021 Arts For All has made strides in maintaining our programs and delivering them to our partners in need. As we're now well underway with our programming for Spring 2021 we've wanted to share with you all some of what we're currently working on!

Literacy Through The Arts - beginning at the end of February, we will begin 7 residencies within Renaissance Charter School, 5 of which are for kindergarden, and 2 of which are for 1st grade. Outside of live time virtual facilitation, three of our Teaching Artists Mélissa Smith, Shawn Shafner, and Leah Young will also be working on creating 15 virtual learning videos each to share with our LTA partners such as PS15, PS76, and PS163, to eventually upload to our on YouTube channel.

Artistic Residency Program - Our residencies will begin in March. We are looking forward to starting virtual programs with a number of our long-term partners, including Williamsburg High School of Arts & Technology, New Alternatives for Children, and Renaissance Charter School. We will also be creating a number of additional video tutorials for children to be able to take part in art programs from home this Spring.

Audience Project - We're really excited to announce that Arts For All will restart this program under the guidance of AFA Teaching Artist Darian Dauchan, where we will be producing his production of "Voice Power," which toured to schools live at Arts For All in 2015, this time in a virtual format with 5-6 performances happening this Spring.

Mondays with Mé featuring Mélissa Smith

As part of our new initiative with all of our virtual programming, we're excited to promote our brand new Mondays with Mé weekly live stream events featuring Arts For All Teaching Artist Mélissa Smith!

Having launched on January 18th, 2021, we plan to have program every Monday going through the end of June. This program takes place on our Facebook page every Monday at 1pm EST, where Mélissa, in live time focuses on a daily reading from a children's book, as well as movement activities to help keep young children engaged in all of the fun! For the month of February Mondays with Mé are specially focused on Black History Month, and in March will be focused on Women's History Month.

Please join us for our next Mondays with Mé event every Monday from now till the end of June 2021 at 1pm EST on our Facebook page!

 

We have many more exciting virtual learning programs and projects in the works, so stay tuned and follow our social media pages to stay up to date on all things current with Arts For All!

 

Oct 27, 2020

AFA Back in Action for Fall 2020!

Learning about Anaphora Poems with Darian Dauchan
Learning about Anaphora Poems with Darian Dauchan

On behalf of everyone here at Arts For All we'd like to send you our Fall season greetings!

As the school year kicks back into full swing, our organization continues to find new ways to provide our essential arts programs to our partners, while expanding our resources and services in ways in which we're able to reach families virtually during this period of COVID. In order to highlight some of these initiatives we want to share with you some samples of what our Teaching Artists have been up to in creating video content and more news for upcoming residencies in the works!

Since mid-April we’ve been working tirelessly on developing new partnerships with organizations and schools such as PS9, Wildflower Charter School, Roots Cafe (in Parks Slopes) and have been working together with our Teaching Artists to create all new video content for our student and partners to use during this period of time. As a result of all the work we've been able to build on over the summer our Teaching Artists have been able to create 57 full length videos tutorials that are full of jam-packed content that each of our partners and students can use to work on various types of arts projects while at home!!

Here are just some of these video samples done by some of our senior Teaching Artists Darian Dauchan, MaryAnne Piccolo, and Ciara Ruddock:

Walking through how to go about writing Acrostic Poems, as a part of his video series on poetry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg0f95C-L3U 

Video Creating with MaryAnne pt.1 - Creating a Storyboard:                                                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EW5kZUCrIc&t=3s

Creating Stop Motion Animation with Ciara Ruddock Part 3:                                                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fki_KOWNAKQ&t=6s

 

If you're interested in see the rest of our new content you can find all 57 tutorials/video series playlists broken down by each Teaching Artist on our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ5FiWO2Dk-3t8f9uYrr7ug

Now that we've been able to create this content and transition all of our programming virtually, we've also been fortunate enough to be able to continue all of our residencies virtually as well, while also focusing on new outreach and fundraising initiatives that will help us engage with our partners more directly with outside partners such as Smart Design and Tropical Cream. Arts For All will however remain virtual for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year or until it is safe for both our students and teaching artists to resume in-person programming. 

During these difficult times we at Arts For All would like to personally thank you for continuing to support our organization during such difficult times. Now more than ever the world needs the arts for our children, and as we still push forward into 2021 we are making it our goal and priority to serve as many students as we possibly can during this period of time.

We are wishing you and your loved ones remain in good health and spirits and hope that you will continue to support our organization, so that we can create a better world in which we can continue to provide sustainable, quality arts programs to under-served children during this critical moment in time and for years to come.

 

Sincerely,

Anna Roberts Ostroff

Executive Director

www.arts-for-all.org

Learning to create your own movie with MaryAnne!
Learning to create your own movie with MaryAnne!
Learning Stop Motion Animation with Ciara Ruddock!
Learning Stop Motion Animation with Ciara Ruddock!

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