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.
Apr 21, 2016

Springtime with AFA!

Art work from the Visual Arts Residency at PS163
Art work from the Visual Arts Residency at PS163

Thank you for your support of Arts For All (AFA). Spring has sprung and AFA programs are springing up all over New York City. Literacy Through the Arts is running in grades K – 2 at Hamilton Heights Elementary School in Harlem and PS15 Elementary in the Lower East Side.

AFA recently completed Artistic Residency Programs at Weeksville Elementary (video) and PS163 (drama, visual arts). High School students at Brooklyn’s The Green School are in the midst of a creative writing/poetry residency while 2nd and 3rd graders at PS69 on Staten Island are in the middle of a drama residency.

Outside of the classroom, Arts For All was pleased to partner with Brooklyn Ice at the end of March! The afternoon in Prospect Park, Birds, Bees, and Bears, was a celebration of nature and AFA Teaching Artist Maya Suess conducted a mask-making workshop.

As the City settles into the Spring weather, Arts For All is excited to get some returning programs off the ground. AFA returns to New Alternatives for Children and Incarnation Children’s Center with Creative Works and the Video Creation Project (respectively). AFA is also thrill for the return of the Haiku program, thanks to donor Amy Losak. Students at PS76 in Queens have just started a residency combining visual arts and haiku after a very successful music and haiku program at the same school this past fall.

Thank you once again for your continued support of our mission. Without your help, we would not be able to reach thousands of under-served New York City children with our accessible arts programs.

Mask-making in Prospect Park
Mask-making in Prospect Park
Jan 29, 2016

The New Year at Arts For All

Darian Dauchan performing "Voice Power!"
Darian Dauchan performing "Voice Power!"

Thanks to your support, Arts For All programs are well underway this semester. Literacy Through the Arts is running in grades K-2 at both Hamilton Heights Elementary School in Harlem and PS15 Elementary on the Lower East Side.

We currently have residencies in the Artistic Residency Program at Weeksville Elementary and have residencies planned at PS163 in the Bronx and PS69 on Staten Island as well.

We closed out 2015 on a high note with an excellent Audience Project Tour, Voice Power!, written and performed by musician/poet, Darian Dauchan. This ran for a total of 10 performances for elementary schools students in New York City public schools with little to no funding for Arts Education. Voice Power also had one public performance at an event we hosted at the Barnes and Noble in Tribeca, to which we brought 75 children from PS15.

This interactive piece of educational theater was a huge hit at every show! Darian incorporated elements of hip-hop, singing, whistling, acting and vocal techniques to encourage children to explore their own voices and embrace self-expression and self-confidence. Darian had the children up on their feet and participating along with him to explore the different aspects of their own voices.

A Program Coordinator at one of our partnering schools wrote to us immediately after the performance and said, “All the kids were super engaged. We all loved it.” A little boy in the audience of the show at Barnes and Noble was so moved he was dancing along to the music in the aisle. For many of our students, this was their first exposure to professional theater. We’re happy to report this show was incredibly engaging and was met with great enthusiasm.

We are looking forward to offering both the Creative Works Program, the Step Right Up! Program and the Video Creation Project again this spring, thanks, in part, to the support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. We will keep you updated on those programs as they unfold.

Thank you, once again, for your continued support of our mission. Without your help, we would not be able to reach thousands of under-served New York City children with our accessible arts programs.

Children at Erick Sanchez studio visit.
Children at Erick Sanchez studio visit.
Visual Arts Workshop at AFA
Visual Arts Workshop at AFA
Dec 18, 2015

Thank you for supporting "Voice Power!"

Darian performing "Voice Power"
Darian performing "Voice Power"

Thanks to your support, Voice Power! just concluded a successful run of ten performances for elementary school children in New York City public schools with little to no funding for arts education. Voice Power! also had one public performance at an event we hosted at the Barnes and Noble in Tribeca, to which we brought 75 children from one of our partnering schools.

This interactive piece of educational theater was a huge hit at every show! Darian incorporated elements of hip-hop, singing, whistling, acting and vocal techniques to encourage children to explore their own voices and embrace self-expression and self-confidence. Darian had the children up on their feet and participating along with him to explore the different aspects of their own voices.

A Program Coordinator at one of our partnering schools wrote to us immediately after the performance and said, “All the kids were super engaged. We all loved it.” A little boy in the audience of the show at Barnes and Noble was so moved he was dancing along to the music in the aisle. For many of our students, this was their first exposure to professional theater. We’re happy to report this show was incredibly engaging and was met with great enthusiasm.

Thanks to your donation, we reached our fundraising goal and were able to bring this inspiring piece of theater to approximately 2,500 under-served children in New York City. We are so grateful to you for your invaluable help in achieving our goal of providing accessible artistic opportunities for under-served children in the New York City area.

Darian Dauchan performing "Voice Power!"
Darian Dauchan performing "Voice Power!"
 

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