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
May 9, 2017

It's Spring with AFA!

LTA 2nd graders tableau of CINDERELLA
LTA 2nd graders tableau of CINDERELLA

Spring has certain sprung and Arts For All is busy across all five boroughs!

Literacy Through the Arts continues at PS 15 and Hamilton Heights. 1st graders performed their adaptations of Paperbag Princess and getting ready to write and illustrate their own books based on Mo William's Knuffle Bunny. 2nd graders have written and are rehearsing their adaptations of Cinderella. Their stories included everything from a shape-shifting pigeon to talking trees!

Artistic Residency Program is thriving, with programs in visual arts, drama, and dance. Students at PS 69 on Staten Island worked on Family Storybooks and colorful portraits of people and scenes from Revolutionary era. In the past, we have seen success with Visual Arts and Haiku Poetry with the generous support of Amy Losak. This semester, we are trying a new program, Drama and Haiku Poetry, also with Losak's support. At PS 163 (Bronx) and PS 76 (Queens) students will bring to life the work of poet Sydell Rosenberg (1929-1996).

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.

LTA 1st graders backdrop for PAPERBAG PRINCESS
LTA 1st graders backdrop for PAPERBAG PRINCESS
PS69 3rd grader sketching Family Storybook
PS69 3rd grader sketching Family Storybook
PS69, 4th grader: Benjamin Franklin & Electricity
PS69, 4th grader: Benjamin Franklin & Electricity
Feb 14, 2017

Audience Project 2016-17: A success!

Pictured Jonah Weinstein & Carly Rose
Pictured Jonah Weinstein & Carly Rose

The 2016-17 Audience Project, presenting Jack vs. Rapunzel: The Musical closed Tuesday, January 31, was a success!

The Audience Project aims to present professional theater, free of charge, to New York City students that Arts For All serves. For some, this may be their first experience with live theater.

In Jack vs. Rapunzel: The Musical has two of the greatest fairytale characters square off in a competition showing the skills of each hero. Jack and Rapunzel sang and danced showing the power of individuality in the face of a real-life classification of fairytales, the Aarne Thompson Classification System.

The talented cast of five played 9 performances to enthusiastic New York City students. Every performance, students cheered on their favorite character as they competed to increase their Classification Number. At the end of each performace, students were treated to a Question & Answer session with the cast. They asked a range of questions like is the Aarne Classification system real and how were some of the set pieces made.

Thank you once again for your 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. Visit our website for updates and upcoming programs for 2017, we look forward to the next Audience Project!

Pictured Daejanae Lettman & Joseph Ferelli
Pictured Daejanae Lettman & Joseph Ferelli
JACK VS. RAPUNZEL: THE MUSICAL - Full Cast
JACK VS. RAPUNZEL: THE MUSICAL - Full Cast
 
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