Jul 3, 2018

Spotlighting 10 Years of AFA

May Student Work Spotlight: LTA "C" is for Cat
May Student Work Spotlight: LTA "C" is for Cat

It's July, that means school is out and summer is underway!

It also means we have reach the halfway point of Arts For All's 10 Year Aniversary! Serving as an independent non-profit for a decade, Arts For All has been able to focus and strengthen our mission to offer accessible artistic opportunites to children in New York City who face socio-economic, physical, or emotional barriers to exploring the arts. Over the years, we have taken the arts to public schools, hospitals, shelters, youth service organizations, and community centers.

To celebrate, each month this year we have been spotlighting Arts For All supporters, student work, partner sites, and programs. Everything from:

  • February Program Spotlight: Creative Works is series of multiple self-expression workshops for youth with disabilities. The young actors and writers participate in creative workshops to devise an original performance piece based on their life experiences or inspirations, and perform in a final presentation.
  • June Partner Spotlight: AFA’s partnership with Weeksville Elementary (Brooklyn) is one of the oldest. Since 2009, Weeksville students have participated in AFA’s Audience Project & Artistic Residency Program. The last 2 years, the school has requested a dance residency to help the students prepare for the end-of-year school Dance Festival.

These programs and more would not be possible without supporters like you. Your support could go even further. Global Giving has announced a Rewards Match Day for July 18! Donations made to Arts For All through the Global Giving on July 18 will be matched at 50% (while matching funds are available)!

Thank you for supporting our mission to make arts accessible to all!

Apr. Student Work Spotlight: Visual Arts-Landscape
Apr. Student Work Spotlight: Visual Arts-Landscape

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Jun 27, 2018

Goodbye 2017-18 School Year!

PS163 Visual Arts, student painting a bear
PS163 Visual Arts, student painting a bear

Another school year has come and gone, and it ended on a busy note!

Literacy Through the Arts (LTA), AFA's arts literacy program, finished its first semester at PS 163. LTA is now in three  schools: PS 15 (Lower East Side, Mahattan), Hamilton Heights Elementary (Hamilton Heights, Manhattan), PS 163 (Bronx)! LTA students summed up their semester with using Dr. Seuss books to learn about rhyme (Grade K), presenting Paper Bag Princess scenes (Grade 1), and presenting adaptations of Jack and the Beanstalk (Grade 2).

Artistic Residency Program had programs at PS 69 (Staten Island), PS 76 (Queens), PS 163 (Bronx), Weeksville Elementary (Brooklyn). Students worked on building motor skills and explored animal movements through programs such as dance. Students explored nature and the art of collage through visual arts.

Creative Works, AFA's self-expression program at New Alternatives for Children, nine children worked just over ten weeks to create an original show, Two Sides to Every Story. The presentation included a scene that shows the other side of Three Little Pigs and a dance of self-expression called That Power.

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.

PS163, LTA students and The Lorax
PS163, LTA students and The Lorax
Apr 5, 2018

Spring is Full With AFA

LTA kindergarterners at PS 163
LTA kindergarterners at PS 163

It's April, halfway through the semester, and AFA is underway across the five boroughs!

Literacy Through the Arts, our year-long arts literacy program, is in PS 15 (Manhattan), Hamilton Heights Elementary (Manhattan), and this year, for the first time (thanks to support in part by New York State Council on the Arts!), PS 163 (Bronx). Students in grades K - 2 have been enjoying making a band like in the book OLIVIA MAKES A BAND, making their own books inspired by KNUFFLE BUNNY, and making campaign posters for DUCK FOR PRESIDENT.

Visual Arts residencies have wrapped up at PS 69 (Staten Island) and PS 76 (Queens), where kindergarteners got a chance to learn about Haiku Poetry and us it to inspire their their artwork.

Dance and movement-based residencies are getting started. Creative Works, which works with youth at New Alternatives for Children, will work with youth to devise and performan an original piece. At Weeksville Elementary (Brooklyn) students are participating in a Dance residency to help them prepare for the school's end-of-year dance festival.

In 2018 Arts For All turns ten! Check us out on social media and keep an eye out for how you can be a part of it, celebrating ten years of programming and ensuring many more years to come.

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.

Visual Arts with 2nd graders at PS 69
Visual Arts with 2nd graders at PS 69
Haiku & Visual Arts at PS 76
Haiku & Visual Arts at PS 76
 
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