Jun 4, 2019

Happy Summer from Arts For All!

The school year is coming to a close, and we are so excited to tell you about everything that has happened so far this year! Thanks to your support, Arts For All has been able to develop exciting new arts residencies, partnerships, and showcases - all while continuing to provide free arts programming to over 3,000 children in New York City.

This semester, Arts For All partnered with Fil Doux Textiles to create a series of unique textiles-based arts workshops integrated into their classroom activities. In one class, students used donated fabric to create frames for photos they had taken earlier in the year. In another, students are combining fabric work with their social studies lessons on different world cultures. 

Long time Arts For All partner Incarnation Children's Center is continuing to see success with the Video Creation Project. This year, students have created two cooking shows, a makeup tutorial, a narrated short about fish in a tank, and an interview series on happiness. Students at ICC have enjoyed this program so much that they are now adding two brand new Arts For All residencies on creating stop motion animation. 

At PS76, students in our Artistic Residency Program were invited to visit the Center for Italian Modern Art. This fieldtrip was complimented by a workshop on still life painting lead by Arts For All teaching artist Ciara Ruddock. 

And throughout the semester, students in Arts For All programs across NYC have had the opportunity to share their work with family and friends at both public and in-school visual art showcases, dance and theatre performances, and more. 

In their short film Happiness, created as part of the Video Creation Project, students at ICC interviewed teachers, staff, and other students; asking what others can do in order to be more happy. One student responded, "Open your mind. If you don't open your mind, how are you going to fit space to be happy?" Thanks to your support, Arts For All is able to continue providing NYC youth the opportunity to open their minds and find happiness through the arts, and we sincerely thank you!  

Mar 11, 2019

2019 is off to a great start!

In the first couple months of the year:

  • Literacy Through the Arts*has continued at PS15, PS163 and Hamilton Heights Elementary
  • Visual Arts students with Ron Chironna completed an art show at Historic Richmond Town (https://www.historicrichmondtown.org)**
  • Students in a Drama and Haiku residency, generously funded by Amy Losak, recently had a final sharing.
  • One after school Visual Arts residency has just completed and another one has just begun at PS163 both taught by longtime AFA veteran, Vidho Lorville!
  • Two Visual Arts residencies have begun at PS76
  • A Drama and Poetry residency has just started at PS163

...and it's just the benginnig of March! There are more residencies to come for the rest of Spring 2019!!

In December 2018, we completed a successful Book Fair.  We're grateful to Barnes & Noble for hosting this fundraising event for Arts For All for the past nine years, and for donating a percentage of sales back to AFA. Thank you to all volunteers and those who made it to the children's event, which featured the Audience Project performance of The Magician's Assistant written and performed by Mélissa Smith***.  We are working on reviving the same production in April 2019 for two youth groups that missed the show.

Thank you to everyone who has made a contribution to Arts For All through GlobalGiving.  Every dollar greatly helps Arts For All provide more quality programming to in-need chidren all over New York City.  We look forward to continuing to keep you updated throughout the year!

- Photo Number 1 - Students in a Literacy Through the Arts Kindergarten Class at PS15

- Photo Number 2 - Art Show at Historic Richmond Town

*Literacy Through the Arts is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. We are grateful to have recently received a new 3-year grant from NYSCA for this program.
**The art show at Historic Richmond Town was made possible in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the NYC Council. We would also like to thank the Linden Arts Fund for Children.
***This performance was made possible by The Tank, a home for emerging artists, and Play On! Studios.
Mar 4, 2019

Thank You For Celebrating Our Tenth Year With Us!

Melissa Smith, Photo Courtesy of Nicki Ishmael
Melissa Smith, Photo Courtesy of Nicki Ishmael

Thanks to your support, Arts For All was able to celebrate our 10th anniversary with a wonderful year full of arts classes in every discipline and in every borough! In 2018, Arts For All helped students create original videos, dances, plays, picture books, and more! Some highlights include: 

- A sock puppet parody of Law & Order created by youth at Incarnation Children's Center as part of our Video Creation Project

- A run of The Magician's Assistant, an original play by Arts For All Teaching Artists Mélissa Smith, presented free to students from AFA partner sites as part of our Audience Project (pictured above) 

- Self-portraits and group collages made by kindergarten students with special needs in our Artistic Residency Program 

All this and so much more was made possible with your support, and the support of donors like you. Thank you! Throughout the year, we featured some of our donors, student work, partners, and programs in our 10th Anniversary Spotlights. If you missed them, and want to learn more about Arts For All, you can view them all here!

For ten years, Arts For All has offered accesible artistic opportunities to children in NYC who face social-economic, physical, or emotional barriers to exploring the arts. We can't wait to show you what the next ten years are going to bring! 

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