Arts For All is a crucial element of the school week of thousands of NYC-area children. AFA believes that exposure to, and immersion in the creative process is an integral part of helping kids grow up with respect for others and a curiosity about the world around them, in essence helping mold a whole child. This is a belief that I wish all school systems in the country would adopt. As it is for most artistic endeavors in the US, finding funding for this important work is a constant struggle. AFA needs private donors in addition to grants to continue this excellent and effective work.
I applaud any organization that brings the arts to children who otherwise would have no guided exposure to the creative process and professional arts presentations, but Arts For All's programming and high level of teaching sets it apart from other organizations. The teaching artists are passionate not only about their craft and field, but also about bringing their knowledge, expertise, and love of the arts to children who all too often are otherwise bereft of arts programming that very well may inspire them to look farther into, and dream bigger about, whatever field they hope to pursue later in life.
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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.
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.
Anna 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.