Dec 11, 2018

2008 - 2018: Ten Years Gone By

November Spotlight: Student showing off his art
November Spotlight: Student showing off his art

In 2018, Arts For All was thrilled to celebrate our 10-Year Anniversary as a non-profit!

For a decade we have made arts accessible to thousands of children from all over New York City with the help of supporters like you! Over the years, Arts For All has received increased support that led to more programs for both long-term partners and new organizations alike; displayed students' artwork in public space for the neighborhood to see; and presented free professional theater. This year, we shined a spotlight on some of Arts For All's supporters, student work, partners, and programs that have been an intregral part of the work we do. Here's a few of the Spotlights from this past year:

  • January Donor Spotlight: Arts For All is grateful for the support of longtime donor Amy Losak! Amy, daughter of poet Sydell Rosenberg (look out for her upcoming book H IS FOR HAIKU from Penny Candy Books, pennycandybooks.com), has funded programs combining Haiku Poetry and art disciplines like music, drama, and visual arts.
  • March Partner Spotlight: PS 15 on the Lower East Side in Manhattan has been an Arts For All partner since 2009. Thanks to the strong partnership, Arts For All worked with PS 15 to pilot Literacy Through the Arts, the arts literacy program for students in grades K – 2. The program continues to run at PS 15 and since then has grown to serve two additional schools.
  • September Program Spotlight: Video Creation Project is a series of video workshops where, guided by a teaching artist, students learn the basics of filmmaking, from conception & storyboarding to filming & editing, to create a short documentary or narrative film. Check out one class at Williamsburg High School of Arts & Technology’s video: A little girl begs her mom for a new doll. Mom buys a doll from a secondhand store, but it comes with a few surprises.https://bit.ly/2MANzfh
  • October Student Work Spotlight: In 2012, students from The Green School (renamed Williamsburg High School of Arts & Technology) participated in Artistic Residency Program: Visual Arts. They got an opportunity to present their work in an art show at Ngam Restaurant. Their work hung in the East Village restaurant for 3 weeks for the whole neighborhood to see.

Visit http://www.arts-for-all.org/afa-turns-10 to see all of the Spotlights from this year.

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

October Partner Spotlight: PS 69, puppets for show
October Partner Spotlight: PS 69, puppets for show

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Dec 10, 2018

2018, Another Year Gone By

PS163 portraits
PS163 portraits

As we change the calendar from 2018 to 2019, all of us at Arts For All are thrilled to have had another full year.

This past year Arts For All's Artistic Residency Program, where professional artists teach visual arts, dance, theater, music, poetry, and film workshops to youth, continued to grow. Throughout the year, students learned skills such as how to paint flora and fauna living in New York State in Visual Arts, and through Dance/Movement, students increased body awareness and prepared for an in-school dance festival. Other programs under the umbrella of the Artistic Residency Program included:

  • Video Creation Project in which youth at Incarnation Children's Center (ICC) and students at Williamsburg High School of Arts & Technology (WHSAT) create documentary and fictional short films. In 2018, ICC created a sock puppet parody video of Law & Order, while classes at WHSAT made videos including one about a possessed doll.
  • Creative Works partners with New Alternatives for Children (NAC), where children worked for 10 sessions to create and perform an original piece. This year, NAC participants created a show called Two Sides to Every Story, which included an original adaptation of The 3 Little Pigs from the Wolf's perspective.

Literacy Through the Arts, a school year-long program at PS 15, PS 163, and Hamilton Heights School, promotes, reading, writing, and verbal expression skills through a multi-arts curriculum for grades K - 2. This year, each grade demonstrated a wide variety of skills through arts integration. Some examples include Grade K working on vowel recognition through song, Grade 1 learning the basics of making a story and creating puppets to tell stories, and Grade 2 creating original adaptations of Jack and the Beanstalk.

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.

ICC, LAW & ORDER: PUPPET EDITION
ICC, LAW & ORDER: PUPPET EDITION

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Sep 24, 2018

Hello New School Year!

PS163 ARP Visual Arts students show off their work
PS163 ARP Visual Arts students show off their work

Summer has come and gone, the days are slowly getting shorter, and a new school year has started!

Arts For All hopes that everyone is getting off to a great start in the 2018-19 school year! As students, teachers, and school staff are getting settled, AFA is working to get arts programs started. This year, we can't wait to get Literacy Through the Arts and Artistic Residency Program going in schools as well as other opportunities to expose New York City school students to the arts. Keep an eye out for our residencies in the 2018-19 school at http://www.arts-for-all.org/what-we-do/current-schedule

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.

PS69 Teaching Artist helps student with landscape
PS69 Teaching Artist helps student with landscape
 
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