ARTS FOR ALL

Rating: 4.96 stars   53 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 419 Lafayette Street 2nd Floor New York NY 10003 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.
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EIN 26-1589570
212.591.6108
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Rating: 5 stars  

Arts for All is a wonderful organization. I helped get it started many years ago, and I saw how rewarding it was from the point of view of one of the organization's teaching artists. Then I began teaching high school, and an Arts for All artist came to my classroom to lead a workshop on Shakespeare. I was able to see from the point of view of the community served just how fantastic Arts for All's services are. I knew it was a great organization, but I didn't realize just how invaluable it truly was. What a treasure!!

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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!

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.

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

try to expand it to more cities!

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?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer for Arts for All for the past year, I've always been impressed with the organization's dedication to providing children without the resources to be involved with the arts with a great outlet of artistic opportunities. During events, the children always have a blast, as do the volunteers! Keep up the fantastic work, Arts for All!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-12-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Arts For All is an outstanding program. As a teacher in a public school, I worked with the Artists planning curriculum and implementing it in my classroom. This enhanced my students' learning in Literacy. We implemented drama, music, and movement to help the students enjoy literacy and they all ask when is the artist coming back? The director and artist always are helpful in adding to our school curriculum in creative ways! It is an enjoyable experience and very beneficial to my students' growth!

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

seeing, learning, and experiencing different ways to enhance my students' learning!

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

grow and bring Arts related programs to more public schools that currently do not have any arts programs! Enhance student learning and encourage the arts in classrooms.

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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4 people found this review helpful

As principal of PS 15 our primary students have been actively engaged with the teaching artists of Arts for All. This is the fourth year we have participated. The teaching artists are excellent. They plan together with the teachers. Our focus has been literacy and the arts. The executive director is organized and truly reaches out to us to meet the needs of our students and programs. Arts for All in an integral participant in developing our overall scope and sequence in the arts.

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

their planning with teachers and the wonderful activities they provide to our students

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

professional, organized and talented.

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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9 people found this review helpful

Arts for All is a wonderful organization, started by young artists committed to bringing arts to underserved public school students in New York City. As the arts coordinator for a K-12 public school in Jackson Heights, Queens, I appreciate the willingness to work with us on every step of our partnership--they never come in with pre-conceived ideas and are always willing to create opportunities that work for our student population. We have never been disappointed with their participation.

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

their willingness to come up with creative solutions to whatever I ask of their volunteers. They bring quality theater to our school and get us fantastic tickets to theater outside the school. They have provided artists for workshops & all kinds of help

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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