Arts For All

Rating: 4.97 stars   63 reviews

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Address:

116 West 23rd Street 5th Floor New York NY 10011 USA

Mission:

ARTS FOR ALL, INC. is a non-profit arts outreach organization serving in-need children ages 4-19. Our mission is to provide artistic opportunities to in-need youth communities in the greater New York City area.  The majority of our programs are free of charge. Through ARTS FOR ALL, professional artists work with children who have little means or opportunity to explore the arts due to economic disadvantages, physical and mental disabilities, hospitalization, socialization issues, emotional trauma, or any other life challenge.

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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212.591.6108
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Rating: 5 stars  

I currently Intern with Arts For All, and I have been enjoying my time here with the organization. With just a small administrative board, the organization manages to reach thousands of children across New York City while maintaining a highly organized company. I am truly learning what it takes to run an efficient and successful non-profit during my time here with Arts For All. Something that is also essential to the success of this non-profit is the personal investment and commitment to their mission of spreading the arts and giving all children the opportunity to experience and learn through the medium of various arts. Arts For All is an exemplary organization and will continue to grow as their work continues to be seen as necessary in the community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering with the Board of Directors of Arts For All for 6 months. The two elements which have impressed me most about the organization (aside from their mission, which I am passionate about), are the passion with which the staff and volunteers work to increase the number of young people who can benefit from opportunities in all types of art forms, and the approach of the Board of Directors. They are clearly incredibly committed to the mission and vision of Arts For All, are open and honest in their consideration of the challenges the organization faces and how these might best be met, as well as in reflecting on their own strengths and areas for development, and those of Arts For All. For an organization of this size, budget and maturity, Arts For All, it's Board of Directors, and it's management have far exceeded my expectations and I will continue to give my time to further the mission and vision, as I know it will have maximum impact.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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!

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?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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!

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?

2010-5-01

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Arts for All serves over 3000 children in the New York City area with programs that are fun, creative and inspiring. I have seen first hand what a big difference they have in schools with little to no programming. It's amazing what can happen when a child has a place to channel their creativity. Arts for All is on the front lines. It's awesome.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I am a Teaching Artist with Arts for All and the extent to which I see programming reach so many in need communities is inspiring to both witness and to be a part of. We are in hospitals, shelters, public schools, and so much more. I have mostly worked in public schools producing original works of theater with the students. When the performance is finally mounted after weeks of hard work, the pride that the students feel is palpable.

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

getting to know the students personally and understanding their commitment to the projects. They take great pride in the work that is led by the professional artists of Arts for All.

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

save arts education in New York City.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Arts For All is a altruistic driven organization aimed at helping deliver art programs to those less fortunate in the NYC area. Never before have I been involved in an organization that followed through as much as AFA. If you're looking to make a difference in the community, AFA is an organization that does just that and more.

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

Help bring art programs to all schools that lost them due to the recent economic crisis.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Arts for All is a small but incredibly effective arts outreach organization. I have volunteered at many AFA events and have also worked as a teaching artist with the organization. I am always impressed with the breadth of their efforts, promoting the arts in all five boroughs of NYC. I have always been treated with respect, and found the organization to be organized and communicative. I am grateful for the many opportunities they have given me to affect lives through art.

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

bring more free programs to in-need schools, communities, and kids across NYC, exposing thousands more to arts through viewing performances, classes with teaching artists, and general mischief and art-making.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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