Jan 10, 2018

Goodbye 2017 and Hello 2018!

Student with his WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE puppet
Student with his WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE puppet

As we change the calendar from 2017 to 2018, all of us at Arts For All are thrilled to have had another full year. The fall semester of the 2017-18 school had an artful send off!

Thanks to supports like Amy Losak, teaching artist Vidho Lorville introduced kindergarteners at PS 76 in Queens to Haiku poetry using visual arts. Students participating in Literacy Through the Arts, an arts integration program for grades kindergarten through second, brought stories and songs to life. Kindergarteners made their own jingle bell shakers, first graders made puppets for Where the Wild Things Are, and second graders wrote poems about winter and made Winter Window displays.

2018 promises to be a big year! There are several Artistic Residency Programs in the works across all five boroughs. We are also pleased to announce that, thanks to New York State Council on the Arts, Literacy Through the Arts will expand to PS 163!

In 2018 Arts For All turns ten! 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.

Student working on Winter Window for winter poem
Student working on Winter Window for winter poem
Oct 17, 2017

2017-18 School Year is Under Way!

Fall 2016: Haiku Poetry/Visual Arts at PS76
Fall 2016: Haiku Poetry/Visual Arts at PS76

Summer came and went!

Now the 2017-2018 school has begun and Arts For All is just getting started! Literacy Through the Arts has kicked off for kindergarteners through 2nd graders at PS 15 and Hamilton Heights Elementary in Manhattan. This semester students will be connecting consonants to dance moves, be introduced to writing scripts, and learn about ensemble. We are pleased to be working with Smart Design who have invited 1st graders at PS 15 to work with students on making masks for Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Residencies are currently in the works for Haiku Poetry/Visual Arts at PS 76 in Queens and Visual Arts at PS 163 in the Bronx. We can't wait to get going on these residencies as well as others all over New York City!

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.

Jul 24, 2017

Another Year Gone By

PS163 students' SPRING BLOSSOM artwork on display
PS163 students' SPRING BLOSSOM artwork on display

Paintbrushes have been cleaned off, dance steps performed, and final edits made to films. The 2016-2017 school year has wrapped up for students and Arts For All.

Artistic Residency Program took several arts disciplines across New York City. From Haiku Poetry/Drama (PS163 in the Bronx and PS76 in Queens), Visual Arts (PS163 and PS69 in Staten Island) Drama (PS163), and Dance (Weeksville in Brooklyn). The students of the two programs at PS163 even came together to celebrate, share, and discuss their work.

Literacy Through the Arts (LTA) finished another successful year at PS15 and Hamilton Heights Elementary! At both schools, the program closed with the kindergartners, 1st graders, and 2nd graders came together to share what they had worked on during the Spring semester. Kindergarten presented a song with movement about vowels and how to make a band. 1st grade shared their weekly warm up and one student read their original book inspired by Mo Williams' Knuffle Bunny. 2nd grade, after learning about the parts of a fairytale, shared their original adaptations of Cinderella.

AFA took Step Right Up! and Video Creation Project to The Green School in Brooklyn. Students participating in Step Right Up! discussed the importance of community advocacy through storytelling and wrote plays about issues with school lunches. Students participating in the Video Creation Project created a silent film using sock puppets. Please enjoy the premieres of "Devon Gets Married" and "The Guard"!

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.

Step Right Up! table reading of school lunch play
Step Right Up! table reading of school lunch play
 
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