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.
Oct 28, 2015

"Voice Power!" Update

Writer/Performer, Darian Dauchan
Writer/Performer, Darian Dauchan

Arts for All is thrilled to present our 2015 Audience Project Tour, “Voice Power!” written and performed by Darian Dauchan and directed by Jennifer McGrath. We will bring this exciting production, free of charge, to over 2,500 under-served New York City children this fall, many of whom have never seen professional theater due to cost. In addition to the fiscal cost, the time necessary to engage deeply with art is often prohibitive. Poet and musician Darian guides young audiences on a vocal odyssey through rhymes, beat boxing, and acapella melodies in search of one of civilization’s most valued treasures- the power of the voice!

Writer and performer Darian Dauchan is an accomplished solo performer and actor who has appeared on both Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre. His solo shows have been produced, workshopped, and presented at the Roundabout Threatre Company, Classical Theatre of Harlem, NYC Fringe, Access Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company (Ithaca, NY), Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN”, Whitefire Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), and Theatre Row. Additionally, his popular Obama poem during the historic 2008 election has received over 73,000 views on YouTube. Darian is the founder of the Spoken Word Almanac Project and has received a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts.

Working with Darian Dauchan is director Jennifer McGrath. Jen is a director, choreographer, stage manager, teacher, and event planner and producer. Some favorite directing credits include Citizen Girl, The Burning Cities Project, and a tri-state area arts education outreach tour of the South African play Woza Albert! Some of her guest work has been at NYU’s Playwrights Horizons Theater School and the La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts. She worked with the “Music Unites New York” Youth Choir as staging choreographer, and stage managed for Jazz at Lincoln Center both in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Assisting the production is production manager Mélissa Smith. Mélissa has been a teaching artist with Arts for All since the fall of 2010. She has taught and facilitated workshops in improvisation, dance, creative writing and theatre techniques to a variety of ages. She is a professional actor (SAG/AFTRA, AEA candidate) with an eclectic resume including Educational Children’s Theatre, dance & musical theatre, improvisational comedies, Shakespeare, devised work and more.

Rehearsals for this high energy, storytelling show begin November 3rd, 2015 at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center and will also run from the 10th to the 13th before the launch of the tour on the 17th. We will hold 10 assemblies at 7 schools and outreach centers, as well as a performance at our Barnes and Noble TriBeca fundraiser.

We would love to hear your feedback on this program. Please feel free to contact Development Director, Jessie Kilguss at Jessie@arts-for-all.org with your thoughts on this or any other program at Arts For All. Thank you for you unwavering support and we look forward to updating you on this project in the near future.

Darian Dauchan teaching an AFA workshop
Darian Dauchan teaching an AFA workshop
2014 Audience Project, "The Emperor
2014 Audience Project, "The Emperor's New Clothes"
2014 Audience Project, "The Emperor
2014 Audience Project, "The Emperor's New Clothes"
Writer/Performer, Darian Dauchan teaching at AFA
Writer/Performer, Darian Dauchan teaching at AFA
Students in an AFA workshop
Students in an AFA workshop
Students in an AFA drama workshop
Students in an AFA drama workshop
Aug 14, 2015

Arts For All update!

Children in the Artistic Residency Program
Children in the Artistic Residency Program

On behalf of everyone at Arts For All, I hope you’re having a great summer! We’re gearing up for a busy fall. In September, Literacy Through the Arts will start back up again in grades K-2 at Hamilton Heights Elementary in Harlem and PS15 in the East Village. Literacy Through the Arts (LTA) builds students’ reading, writing and verbal expression skills through a multi-arts curriculum in theater, literature, music, visual arts and dance. Through art, K-2 students develop critical and creative thinking and a vocabulary to express ideas, stories and emotions. Literacy Through the Arts workshops were developed by teaching artists Lena Moy-Borgen and Shawn Shafner under the oversight of Arts For All Executive Director, Anna Roberts Ostroff, and prior PS15 Principal Thomas Staebell.

In addition to LTA, our Artistic Residency Program will be back up and running at several of our partnering schools including PS163 in the Bronx, PS69 on Staten Island and Weeksville Elementary in Brooklyn. Through the Artistic Residency Program, teaching artists teach music, theater, dance, visual art, poetry and film workshops to under-served children aged 4-19.

We’re excited to expand our Haiku Program to a new school this fall. We will be offering an 8-week Haiku and Music Program at PS76 in Queens. We co-created the Haiku Programs with our partner, Amy Losak, in 2013 to honor the legacy of Amy’s late mother, the published haiku poet, Sydell Rosenberg. In the Haiku and Visual Arts Program and the Haiku and Music Program, 2nd graders explore Sydell Rosenberg’s haiku through the lens of either visual art or music. This program builds students’ literacy skills as well as the Arts For All Core Values: creativity, resilience, teamwork, self-expression, and self-esteem.

This November, we will be brining approximately 50 students from New Alternatives for Children and PS163 on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for our annual Day at the Met field trip. We are also planning a special field trip for students from PS163 to attend artist, Erick Sanchez’s studio on the Lower East Side. Along with a team of volunteers from a girl’s high school in Australia, Erick will lead the PS163 students in a painting workshop at his professional art studio. Students will each work with a high school student mentor, create their own painting and the field trip will culminate with lunch before the students head back to PS163 in the afternoon.

We are preparing for our annual Audience Project Tour. This year, we are thrilled to present “Voice Power!,” written and performed by poet/musician and AFA teaching artist, Darian Dauchan. We will bring this exciting production, free of charge, to approximately 2,500 under-served NYC children this fall, many of whom have never seen professional theater. Poet/musician Darian Dauchan guides young audiences on a vocal odyssey through rhymes, beat-boxing, & acapella melodies in search of one of civilization’s most valued treasures – the power of the voice!

Without your support, none of these engaging programs would be possible. Thank you for your continued belief in Arts For All’s mission.

Dance Residency at PS163 with TA, Kim Schafer
Dance Residency at PS163 with TA, Kim Schafer
Student artwork from Artistic Residency Program
Student artwork from Artistic Residency Program
TA Darian Dauchan in the Haiku & Music Program
TA Darian Dauchan in the Haiku & Music Program
Students in the Literacy Through the Arts program
Students in the Literacy Through the Arts program
Students in the Artistic Residency Program.
Students in the Artistic Residency Program.
Jun 26, 2015

Happy Summer from Arts For All!

Step Right Up! dress rehearsal
Step Right Up! dress rehearsal

This spring semester has been especially busy at Arts For All!

Teaching Artists Bonnie Pipkin and Mary Meyer, taught the Step Right Up! Program to high schoolers at the Green School in Brooklyn. This year, the students wrote a play inspired by zombies and reality TV cooking competitions. Heart & Soul was an ensemble piece that allowed each student actor a moment or two to shine. The ten committed student participants eagerly showed up every Monday and Thursday afternoon to write and rehearse the play. They presented the play to an invited audience of family and friends on the evening of May 14th. The Green School’s Step Team, the G Squad, opened the show with a ten minute dance performance.

The Creative Works program has been running all semester with students at New Alternatives for Children, an organization working with children in the 5 boroughs with medical disabilities and/or chronic illness. Creative Works is a self-expression program for in-need youth ages 12-­19 to discover their own stories and express them in public performance. This year’s final performance is being held on Monday, June 29th at 5:30 pm for an invited audience. If you would like to attend this performance, please email Development Director, Jessie Kilguss at Jessie@arts-for-all.org.

Teaching Artist Kim Schafer just completed two six-week dance residencies with 3rd and 5th graders at PS163 in the Bronx. The residencies culminated in a final performance for the entire Kindergarten class at PS163. Students performed dances to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ song “Uptown Funk” and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” The students were beaming at the end of their performance and their kindergarten peers were a supportive, enthusiastic audience and burst out in cheers and clapping after each dance number.

Teaching Artist, Robin Cannon Colwell, taught three music and movement residencies and an after school drama program at PS69 on Staten Island. At the end of each Arts For All residency, the students are asked to fill out a brief evaluation form. At the end of the residencies at PS69 one student wrote in huge letters at the top of her evaluation form “I love you so much Miss Robin! I will miss you so much!”

In addition to these residencies we’ve also had visual art, music, drama and poetry residencies running at multiple locations within the five boroughs. We are so grateful for your continued belief in our mission. We welcome any feedback or ideas you might have. Please stay in touch.

Thank you for your continued support!

Step Right Up! dress rehearsal
Step Right Up! dress rehearsal
Dance Residency at PS163 with TA, Kim Schafer
Dance Residency at PS163 with TA, Kim Schafer
Dance Residency at PS163 with TA, Kim Schafer
Dance Residency at PS163 with TA, Kim Schafer
Dance Residency at PS163 with TA, Kim Schafer
Dance Residency at PS163 with TA, Kim Schafer
Final sharing of dance residency at PS163
Final sharing of dance residency at PS163
Students in Music & Movement Residency at PS69
Students in Music & Movement Residency at PS69
Students in Music & Movement Residency at PS69
Students in Music & Movement Residency at PS69

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