Happy Holidays! From all of us at Arts for All, we would like to thank you for supporting our organization on Global Giving. This year we have served over 3,500 in-need children through the arts. Without wonderful benefactors like you this would never have been possible! I would like to take this opportunity to share an expereince from teaching aritst, Robin Cannon, who is out on the field for Arts for All a minimum of 4 days a week, and often 5 or 6 days a week!
Anchored in Excellence by Robin Cannon
I make the long trek out to teach a residency at PS69 on Staten Island every Thursday with my pink guitar, Pinkerton, strapped to my back. I teach 3 music/dance classes each week at this school, which is themed Anchored in Excellence. Each week when I arrive, the kids greet me by saying "Aye, Aye, Captain Robin"! And my response is, "Aye, Aye, Crew". We board the "musical ship" for a fun-filled workshop of singing, dancing, and writing a class song.
A few weeks ago I headed out to Staten Island as usual on a Thursday. It had been a particulary difficult week. The bus ride was very bumpy and I felt sick as I got off the bus and began the walk to the school. As I came upon the school where the kids were playing outside, there was suddenly a sea of little voices, all shouting "CAPTAIN ROBIN! CAPTAIN ROBIN! CAPTAIN ROBIN". Those cheers made me feel better and pulled me back into reality. These kids need us - they need the arts. They depend on me to bring music to them each week and look forward to my visit with anticipation. More and more arts programming is being cut each year, and this school has no music program for Kindergarten and 1st grade. I am proud to travel out to Staten Island each week and represent Arts For All. It's not always easy, but the effort is worth every bumpy ride! These kids will remember Captain Robin's Music Ship for years to come!
We have recieved a number of thank you letters from children, parents, and in-school staff alike, showing great appreciation for Arts for All, and for Captain Robin! For example:
"Thank you for teach[ing] us steady beats and sing[ing]. We will miss you. You are the best teacher in the world. We had so much fun dancing and singing" - Daniel, Grade 1
"Dear Captain Robin, I love you! I will miss you! I won't ever forget you. You [taught] me good dances and songs and beats and music...It was fun being with you every Thursday....I love Arts for All." - Victoria, Grade 1
This is just one of the many programs Arts for All is running due to the support of individuals like you! With over 30 workshops going out every month we are truly making a difference in the Greater New York City Community. We thank each and every one of you for your continued support, and we wish you the happiest of holidays!