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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education

Mission: Arts For All offers accessible artistic opportunities to children in the New York City area who face socio-economic, physical, or emotional barriers to exploring the arts. Through Arts For All, professional artists work with youth organizations to build self-confidence, self-expression, teamwork, resilience, and creativity in children.

Target demographics: children gain life skills such as creativity, self-confidence, self-expression, resilience and teamwork skills, through the lens of an artistic discipline.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 3,500 under-served children in the New York City area.

Geographic areas served: New York City schools and community organizations with little to no arts funding.

Programs: Literacy Through the Arts, the Artistic Residency Program, the Artistic Exposure Program and the annual Audience Project Tour.

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73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Arts For All is a crucial element of the school week of thousands of NYC-area children. AFA believes that exposure to, and immersion in the creative process is an integral part of helping kids grow up with respect for others and a curiosity about the world around them, in essence helping mold a whole child. This is a belief that I wish all school systems in the country would adopt. As it is for most artistic endeavors in the US, finding funding for this important work is a constant struggle. AFA needs private donors in addition to grants to continue this excellent and effective work.

I applaud any organization that brings the arts to children who otherwise would have no guided exposure to the creative process and professional arts presentations, but Arts For All's programming and high level of teaching sets it apart from other organizations. The teaching artists are passionate not only about their craft and field, but also about bringing their knowledge, expertise, and love of the arts to children who all too often are otherwise bereft of arts programming that very well may inspire them to look farther into, and dream bigger about, whatever field they hope to pursue later in life.

Please donate today to Arts For All!

Aubrey4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts for All is phenomenal organization that serves many children in NYC who may not otherwise have access to the amazing opportunities that arts education provides. I interned with the organization in Spring 2016 and had a transformative experience. I was placed with two teaching artists and for one day each week with each of them, I assisted in the classroom programming for Arts for All. The children were in 1st and 2nd grade. It was so rewarding to watch their progress over just a few months and to witness first hand the incredible impact that the arts can have on young people. I am continuing my involvement with the organization now as a volunteer on the fundraising committee. As an artist myself, I wholeheartedly believe in the power of the arts to transform lives, and this organization is an important piece in making that happen for NYC's public school youth.

price.alexandram

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Something I really appreciate about Arts For All is that everyone who works there or volunteers for them truly actually care about the kids. It's those kinds of people who can help make the biggest difference!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts for All although small is brimming with passion. The executive staff is sincerely concerned about the causes they support and accomplish their goals with enthusiasm.

KerriNY9

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Arts for All, in some capacity or another, since it was a student-run organization at NYU in the early '00s. I am continuously impressed by how far Arts for All has come since those early days and how many children they have been able to serve! While I always thought that AFA had a wonderful mission, it was only more recently when I joined the Board of Directors in 2015 that I was able to fully understand just how important that work done by this amazing organization is and how many children have had their lives enriched thanks to AFA's incredible teaching artists and volunteers. I am so proud to be part of this organization and cannot wait to see how many more community members will benefit from Arts for All's work in the years to come as Arts for All continues to grow.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For the last several years, I have served on Arts for All's Operations committee, and was elected to join their Board of Directors earlier this year. I cannot speak highly enough about this organization and their dedicated staff. Arts for All provides incredible opportunities to those who would not ordinarily have access to the arts due to lack of funding or otherwise. I am grateful for the opportunity to help ensure that children can continue to find ways to express themselves through the programs Arts for All provides. This is a wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was welcomed into the AFA family this year and have become involved in their Fundraising Committee. They work tirelessly to spread their reach to as many children as possible through theatre. They offer opportunities to see performances and take classes that many of these children didn't even realize existed. They are inspiring the next generation of Performers with their self-less gift of theatre.

crazibassoonist

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts for All is my FAVORITE non profit organization around. They target students in NYC who don't have opportunities for arts education and they bring them musical performances, art classes, and on trips to big NYC museums! There is nothing more important for the educational development of inner city youth than AFA's mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts for All is an organization that is providing hope and opportunity for a successful future for in-need children in the NYC area. They are opening these children's minds to the world outside of their education system and introducing them to creative outlets that let them flourish and grow in a different and less confined way. Seeing this in many children first hand through volunteering with Arts for All is so rewarding and I am excited to continue my volunteer work with them. The staff is incredible and supportive and the most genuine around!

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Brennan O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with AFA as an intern, a volunteer and a committee member. All of my experiences at AFA have been amazing. The people are wonderful to work with! They believe in the importance of the work they are doing and take it seriously. AFA is a spectacular organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to work for Arts for All in the past--to see the workings that go into creating this precious, important opportunities, and be there in person to see the benefits children reap from AFA programs. Not only that, but the passionate and giving people who bring their talents and open hearts to the organization to serve as Teaching Artists...wow. Arts For All is an incredible non-profit, bringing one of the most sincere and hardworking teams together to change lives in the NYC area. And I feel lucky to have been able to be a part of it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts for All is truly a phenomenal organization. The children who benefit from their workshops, the Audience Project Tour, and the Artistic Exposure Program in particular are finding a new outlet for their creativity in a way that is invaluable. Thank you, AFA, for all you do in the NYC community!

Julie128

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In August 2013, I heard about a non profit that offers accessible artistic opportunities to children in the New York City area who face socio-economic, physical, or emotional barriers to exploring the arts. Through Arts For All, Inc professional artists work with youth organizations to build self-confidence, self-expression, teamwork, resilience, and creativity in children. Though I do not have any artistic talent, it is a cause that I am very passionate about. I was soon scheduled for an interview with the Executive Director for a Fall internship. The very first time I met Anna Roberts Ostroff, I knew she was an incredible person. I could hear the passion as she spoke about the organization, which she began while a student at NYU. That was three years ago and I haven't stopped volunteering with them since. I have seen the faces of the children that they bring the magic of arts to and it is something that everyone should experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the last two years, I had the privilege of working with this incredibly inspiring organization as both an intern and as a committee member of both the operations and fundraising committees. I have had the opportunity to work both inside the office with the Executive Director and Development Associate, as well as outside the office observing teaching artists in the classroom, and participating in fundraising activities. The experiences that I've had at Arts For All have far exceeded any expectations that I could have had. Every single individual involved, from the volunteers to the committees, board, and ED, are extremely dedicated to helping ensure that children who may otherwise face difficulties accessing the arts have an opportunity to do so. They believe strongly in the power of the arts to create resilience, creativity, self-expression, self-confidence, and teamwork, and I have witnessed this firsthand in my time with them. There's a reason that so many of the interns continue to volunteer with Arts For All after their internship has ended! Truly a remarkable nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts For All provides free arts programming to under-served NYC children who otherwise might not have access to the arts. AFA offers an opportunity for their young workshop participants to explore creative self-expression while simultaneously building life skills such as self-confidence, resilience and teamwork. In NYC public schools, when the budget needs to get cut, the arts are the first to go. Arts For All is filling in the gaps and providing arts education, free of charge, to students who might not otherwise have any artistic outlet.

Arts For All is an extremely well-run organization with an inspired team of administrators, teaching artists and volunteers. Should you choose to donate, you can be assured your money will be put to good use and you will be directly helping under-served children explore the arts and gain life skills at the same time.