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October 30, 2013

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October 30, 2013

As a Teaching Artist with over 8 years of experience in the field, Arts For All continues to be one of my favorite organizations for which to teach. This company provides vital, engaging, high quality programming for the children they serve, and constantly strives to improve their classes through assessment and evaluation. In addition, they offer effective Professional Development training opportunities for their staff. I have seen firsthand that the experiences provided through AFA are ones these children will never forget. I highly recommend Arts For All to all of my colleagues in the field, and will continue to help raise awareness for such a worthy cause.

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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?

2013

September 20, 2013

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1 previous review
October 18, 2012

I made some bold statements with my responses below all being the hightest marks I could give Arts for All. Please know, this was not merely me checking boxes, each high mark has been earned time and ... more

September 20, 2013

I am so grateful I found Arts for All. They are one of my favorite companies I'm involved with in the city. AFA cares so much about their artists, the core message of empowerment through the arts that each of us tries to bring to our workshops, and the growing youth they serve.

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Roberts Ostroff and her team work ridiculously long hours and dedicate 150% of their energy to the flourishing of AFA programs and of everyone involved.

I'm so proud to be involved with AFA! Let them become one of your favorite bragging rights too and get involved! Together we can all make a difference.

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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?

2013

October 18, 2012

I made some bold statements with my responses below all being the hightest marks I could give Arts for All. Please know, this was not merely me checking boxes, each high mark has been earned time and time again. Arts for All reaches out to in need children and teens within the metropolitan area of New York City. I have brought workshops to groups where one kid just lost his house to a fire, one teen boy's father just shot his mother, and quite a few are coming from abusive families. These are extreme circumstances, but real issues some of the students are coping with. Arts for All offers them an escape, an opportunity to channel the overwhelming weight they carry into creating or opening up in a new way. I remember volunterring at a hospital once with Arts for All and I met a 6th grade boy who had been dropped off by his family because he was too much to handle for them. His energy was indeed boundless, that of a young child, but it turned out that he was never given the opportunity to succeed in young adulthood. I suggested we create a book together. He revealed he did not know how to write. Turns out he also only had the reading level of a first grader as well. He expressed interest in learning but said it was too hard for him. We spent the remainder of the few hours writing out his story of what he did that day, sounding out each word as he wrote it. We wrote about what he ate for breakfast all the way through the time of being dropped off at the hospital. You never know what you might encounter from a volunteer or workshop at Arts for All, but you can rest assure that you are needed. Arts for All is very much needed.

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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

December 6, 2012

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1 previous review
February 25, 2010

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, pu... more

December 6, 2012

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.

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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

February 25, 2010

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.

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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.

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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

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

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

Arts For All is a wonderful organization that brings Arts and Arts Programming to children in need. My involvement with AFA has been as a Teaching Artist. I am helping to develop a hands-on Shakespeare workshop for kids in need, in Chicago. AFA has traditionally worked primarily with kids in NYC, but with my program has decided to branch out to Chicago. What I am most impressed about is the absolute and total dedication. The staff's Number One goal is that children have a wonderful, artistic program, no matter what. Everything is about SERVING the kids; and while working on a shoestring, AFA DOES IT. AFA provides thousands of in-need children theatre, music, visual arts workshops, and ticket programs, reaching children who would otherwise go without. If Art feeds the soul, then AFA is the soul's Food Bank.

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

Attentive, kind, dedicated, fearless, tireless.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

This non-profit is assertively generous, supportive, and organized. Their support of different arts programs, both on and off-site, have served to grow our arts program by leaps and bounds. They have offered us funding for home-grown productions and support staff for such (including voice teachers, set designers) and always have us in mind when a group of free tickets are available to shows in Manhattan. I cannot imagine our arts program without the support of Arts for All, Inc.

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

witnessing the expansion of our arts program.

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

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

free tickets to shows.

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

informed, kind, generous, enthusiastic.

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

build a theatre in our school.

Ways to make it better...

not a thing. Without Arts for All, our program would suffer a significant loss.

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

I am eternally grateful.

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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