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October 1, 2010

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October 1, 2010

The beautiful thing about my experience with Arts For All is that in a city like New York and with the everyday grind of being an actor/performer we don't really get that many chances to use our gifts or talents to give back, but Arts For All gives us the platform to do just that. I remember my first time volunteering at The Covenant House reading, playing games and bringing fun songs and music to the toddlers with another volunteer and how amazing it felt to see how much these little children would find joy the minute we walked in and wanted so much for us not to leave. You never know how powerful the expression of Art is in changing someone's life for the better, but Arts For All gives us as artists the opportunities to affect people in a lasting and beautiful way. I find that we all can get a little lost in our everyday happenings but when you take that time to share who you are and give a little back, it brings a wonderful clarity and focus back into my life. So as long as Arts For All continues to give me that chance I will always be thankful and joyous to give all I can to their purpose!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

How I am able to share and work with other talented artists doing what I love to do!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2010

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September 30, 2010

Upon moving back to New York City several years ago, I knew I wanted to work with children through the arts. After meeting with the Executive Director of Arts for All I was excited to go out into the field and use my skills to help grow this wonderful organization. Initially I thought I'd only want to teach and volunteer for a certain age group and discipline. It wasn't long before I began signing up for every possible workshop! Not only are the experiences with Arts for All rewarding, but the other artists and volunteers are some of the most talented and fascinating people I've ever met or worked with. Everyone who works with this organization truly has a passion for bringing the arts to kids in need. My volunteer work with AFA is very important to me. I am thankful to give back to my community and enable children to have a glimpse of the confidence and joy the arts bring. I have worked countless hours at our Barnes and Noble fundraisers, flyering, painting faces, singing to kids, making puppets and masks, and reading books. Why? Because Arts for All is worth all the effort I can possibly give. I simply cannot say no to such a great cause and to a staff who is kind and generous. As a teaching artist, I am constantly challenged and encouraged. When I am leading music with our Literacy Through the Arts Program(along with my hot pink guitar, there is no greater reward than to see the happiness on those smiling faces! I promote AFA every chance I get, and proudly tell everyone around me about the work I do! My hope is that this company and others like it will be able to continue to grow in a time where its mission is more important than ever! Arts for All!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way kids become engaged in class! Confindence, communication and literacy skills, and happy faces!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

everything!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 20, 2010

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September 20, 2010

My favorite aspect of Arts for All is their programs instill a confident sense of self, imagination and exploration to children who might not ever be given a chance to explore these traits. Arts for All plays an important role to the futures of many, including the collective future for all of us. I will never forget when I showed up at 'A Day at the Met' to give my tour. The lobby was buzzing with kids from all ages, quite a few in wheel chairs. The younger ones were excited while the teenagers, at first played, Too Cool for School. It was the most rewarding experience to see the teenagers transform from "I could care less" to "I couldn't care more!" By the end of the day they were fighting for my attention with each piece of art we walked by so they could tell me what they saw in art and how they related it to their own world. It is these types of experiences Arts for All brings to in need cn a daily basis. I know I am not the same after that day and I suspect either are the kids who attended.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results in the classroom when I bring theater programs to them. I often have kids write their own stories/monolgues and then we work on having them bring life to their own words. They love being able to share their stories!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 18, 2010

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September 18, 2010

I have only been volunteering with Arts for All for a short time, but I very much admire and appreciate the passion this organization has for providing arts programming to those who would not otherwise have the opportunity. Arts for All is run by caring and compassionate individuals who give endless support to their volunteers in the field. I am proud to be a part of this organization and I hope to see them grow so that they can build upon the great work they are already doing.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the smiles and laughter of the young people residing at the Children's Village Shelter for runaway teens in Westchester, NY.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

Arts for All is such a wonderful organization! Everyone who works for Arts for All is so positive and exciting to work with. They have such a passion for what they do and care so much about the kids. It is so wonderful to see how much music and drama touch the lives of these children through Arts for All. What a gift!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was so happy when some Arts for All kids came up to us after our performance. Their faces just lit up. We got a rave review!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, creative, and fun!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

put smiles on millions of little faces!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

I helped to found Arts for All and worked on the administrative end of things for while before moving out of New York. I was also a teacher at an economically disadvantaged school, and before leaving the city, a volunteer artist came into my classroom to lead a Shakespeare workshop with my ninth graders who were about to start reading "Romeo and Juliet." This allowed me to see Arts for All from the point of view of the communities it serves for the first time, and I saw in a new way what I had already known: that Arts for All is an invaluable organization for getting academic subjects across in a new, sometimes more accessible way, as well as a wonderful way to give children more confidence. This organization provides much-needed services to youth who would otherwise have to go without. It is a wonderful organization!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Cathedral High School's English 9 classroom in 2004 - Arts for All's teaching artist got my teenagers excited and interested in Shakespeare.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to expand it to more cities!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing children change, grow, and gain confidence.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, professional, and engaging.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand outside of the New York area and bring its programs all over the country.

Ways to make it better...

the workshop could have gone on for a series of weeks - but there are only so many funds and lots of kids who need these programs.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising enough money to reach all of the in-need children in the New York area.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Arts for All's programs really do change everyone involved for the better. It is a fabulous organization!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 15, 2010

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September 15, 2010

Arts for All Inc. is a great organization for people of all ages to be involved in. I am currently a student, and am able to find events to help out with that work in my schedule. Many people help out at the big events with promoting the organization to show how important arts education is for children, especially in New York City where some schools have cut arts funding completely. Other programs that they have set up are visits to childcare facilities to bring storytelling and arts and crafts projects to the children, and one of my favorite experiences with Arts for All was accompanying them on their Metropolitan Museum of Art visit with children from underprivileged schools and disabled children. Seeing how much the experience meant to them really made Arts for All stick out as an incredible organization that does all they can to impact the lives of those less fortunate.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing children who have never been to a museum before experience the Metropolitan Museum of Art and have the time of their lives. I lead a tour in which the students were enthusiastic and so bright. It really made me see how fortunate I am.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with children who are less fortunate. They are so bright and make me realize how lucky I am.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fun, helpful, creative, giving

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring arts funding to schools around the world who are not able to fund their art and music and drama programs alone.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 7, 2010

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March 7, 2010

About 7 years ago, I was dispatched by Arts for All to the Incarnation Children's Center to perform a Disney concert for HIV positive kids - especially one who had a birthday that day. The birthday boy was so excited - he grabbed my microphone at one point and started singing himself. About five years ago, I taught a Shakespeare workshop to a group of kids at the Polo Grounds community center in Harlem. Their first exposure to the bard yielded an amazing thing - they all memorized the line , "Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this Son of York." A little girl gave one of the most convincing readings of the line I've ever heard. At PS 14 in Harlem, the principal was so enthusiastic about his third-graders performing the first scene from Hamlet that he agreed to play the ghost in the scene. The kids loved it! These are just a few of my favorite memories from teaching AFA workshops, and some of the reasons why I now work so hard on the board of AFA - kids need us to expose them to theater, and to all art!!!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make sure every children's institution, school or otherwise, had art programming.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

My organization has been working with Arts For All for the past 5 years and it has been a wonderful experience. They are very organized and come well prepared for both small group activities and large events.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional and dedicated to helping our clients enjoy the arts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

Arts For All has been a partnering organization to my non-profit for the past several years. I'm extremely impressed with their level of expertise, talent and dedication to the children they serve. By partnering with Arts for All, I completely trust that programs will be conducted professionally, and with the same passion we have for bettering the lives of children. Arts For All is making a significant difference in the NYC community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Partnering with my non-profit in conducting children's classes.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their professionalism and passion in working with kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely talented, professional and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give thousands of more students safe havens and outlets of expression through the arts and expand to many needed schools and communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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