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Phone: 718-701-5483
211 Smith Street
Brooklyn
New York 11201
USA
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Target demographics: The Afterschool Program welcomes students ages 12-19 years old while special events, private classes, and birthday parties are open to all ages.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250+

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Volunteer to mentor or teach our teenagers at the free, drop-in Afterschool Program that runs Monday - Thursday 3-6pm. Volunteer to help at special events such as holiday-themed Pop Up Shops. Volunteer time on administrative and programmatic tasks such as fundraising, marketing, PR, and major gifts.

Geographic areas served: NYC

Programs: Free Afterschool Program, Vacation Arts Intensives, Birthday Parties, Community Events, Classes on Demand, Street Fairs.

Mission:
Starting Artists, Inc. (SA) benefits under-served middle and high school youth through hands-on training in the arts and entrepreneurship. SA’s free after-school classes in media arts and business prepare and inspire teenagers to create arts-based enterprises.
Results:
Often the arts reach under-performing students when other disciplines cannot. Students, parents, and school administrators report several outcomes such as increased self-confidence, higher grades and test scores, further engagement in enrichment programs and community service, self-identification as an artist, and demonstrated interest in the arts and business as a career. Through SA, young people who have been traditionally underserved gain access to the cultural capital so vital to class mobility. Of the SA students who submitted work, 75% won top honors in the 2009 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the most prestigious and longest-running student art competition in the US. In addition, in 2009, all of our 8th grade students who applied to LaGuardia High School for the Arts, NYC's most well-known arts-specific high school, were admitted and in 2010, 5 out of 6 visual arts applicants gained admission to the visual arts program there.

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03/17/10
If you want to establish some direction in your child's life, Starting Artists is the place to begin. Marisa and Lacey are the most talented, respectful, and loving people you could ever want to have as mentors for your children. My son is 12 and he has grown so much in all aspects since he has ... more »
03/01/10
Starting Artists is unique in providing teens with with low-cost (or free for those unable to pay) programs that focus on self expression, art, techniques in various media, and careers in art. As someone with an undergraduate degree in fine arts, but no insight into using my education towards a ... more »
02/28/10
Starting Artists is an incredible organization that offers a free after-school program in Brooklyn New York. Talking with students I found that the organization has really become an important piece of their life... more »
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