Provide theatre to 2,500 in-need New York children

by Arts for All
Stories-Live and In Person -Photo By Alanna Wilson
Stories-Live and In Person -Photo By Alanna Wilson

Because of your support, and because of the generous matching campaign through Global Giving, Arts for All's 2010 Fall Children's show, Stories - Live and In Person, was fully funded this fall and toured to over 2,500 in-need children!  We were also fortunate to raise enough money to pair a number of workshops with the show, to give groups of children a fuller experience.  The children absolutely loved the show, it was an experience they won't soon forget!

Follwing are some of our favorite quotes about the show:

"Thank you, the show was fantastic. The study guide opened so much up to our students about theatre and opened so much up for me and their classroom teachers about teaching theatre to young children....I believe this may have been some of the loftiest theatre to which our young students have ever been exposed. The students were thoroughly entertained and learned a lot...Thank you for providing our students with such a rich theatrical and educational experience. And all for free."  - Rebekah Slotnick - Teacher, The Renaissance School - Jackson Heights, Queens

"[I learned] to share things with your friends." -Lisett, Grade 3, PS 109, Brooklyn

"[I learned] to be a good audience." -Naesha, Grade 3, PS 109, Brooklyn

"Treat someone the way you would like to be treated"  - Manuel, Grade 4, The Renaissance School

"[I learned] you should be honest and you should share." Ali, Grade 4, The Renaissance School

Stories-Live and In Person -Photo By Alanna Wilson
Stories-Live and In Person -Photo By Alanna Wilson
Stories-Live and In Person -Photo By Alanna Wilson
Stories-Live and In Person -Photo By Alanna Wilson

I wish to thank each of you for your generous donations to help support our fall children’s show, “Stories – Live and In Person,” which will tour to 2,500 in-need children. We are well on our way to funding this project, and could not have gotten his far without you!  My sincerest gratitude for your support!

We begin rehearsals on October 11th and the show opens on November 4th.  We have a very talented team working on this production:

Stephanie Fittro – Director

Anna Roberts Ostroff - Producer

Arienne Pelletier – Stage Manager

Nola Denett – Designer

Alan Ostroff – Playwright and Actor

Lena Moy-Borgen – Actress


Starting on October 12, GlobalGiving is matching at all donations at 30%, 40%, or 50%.  The match percentage is based on the size of the donation.

$10-$499 = 30% match

$500-$999 = 40% match

$1000-$2,500 = 50% match

The campaign starts at 12:00 midnight on Tuesday morning October 12th!  There are only $100,000 available in matching funds for all of the projects on GlobalGiving, so if you plan to make an additional donation, it is VERY important that you make your donation as early as possible on October 12th to guarantee the match.  The campaign will only run until matching funds run out (at the latest October 21, but likely MUCH sooner) which is why we urge you to make any additional donations on the FIRST day!

We thank you so much for your support, and for helping us to take live theatre to 2,500 in-need children this fall!

During a recent trip to New York City, Felipe from GlobalGiving stopped by Arts for All for a quick visit. Here is his postcard from the field:

Due to unfortunate timing, I could not visit an actual Arts for All class so, instead, talked to the organization's directors, Anna and Alan.

Arts for All provides free artistic experiences for children in New York City - painting, music, theater, etc. They reach over 3,000 children in all of the city's five boroughs. They not only visit schools but also shelters and hospitals - anywhere where a child can benefit from their programs.

Anna and Alan mentioned that New York City public schools, for various reasons, operate underdeveloped arts programs. The schools have taken warmly to Arts for All's programs, and the organization is now operating in approximately 30 organizations. They are expanding as principals move to other schools and bring Arts for All with them and as principals talk about Arts for All with each other.

Anna and Alan also mentioned that teachers respond positively to the programs. Teachers have told Arts for All that they have been amazed how a once-difficult student achieved a level of focus and participation that they could not imagine possible beforehand.

Arts for All also interviews candidates who want to be teaching artists to make sure that they are the type of people who can intelligently and effectively share arts lessons with students. They currently have a waiting list for people who want to be teaching artists.

Arts for All has recently focused on more stringently evaluating the effectiveness of its programs. Anna and Alan shared an assessment document that teachers use to gauge what information the children have retained from day 1 to the end of a program. They hope to use these evaluations to improve their programs and to illustrate to others the measurable impact that Arts for All has on the children.

Arts for All seems to impact schools and children positively, and it appears to be growing and planning for growth in an intelligent way.


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Organization Information

Arts for All

Location: NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Anna Roberts Ostroff
Executive Director
New York, New York United States

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