Arts For All

Rating: 4.96 stars   56 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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Rating: 5 stars  

Arts for All is wonderful!! I have been a teaching artist, an English teacher whose students benefited from AFA's programming, and I am now a member of the board. Arts for All provides invaluable artistic opportunities for kids who would otherwise have very little access to the arts. I cannot say enough great things about this organization. So many people complain that the arts are the first things to be cut when money needs to be saved, and it is terrific to get to be associated with an organization that does so much to keep the arts available to kids.

 
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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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  

Arts For All is such a great organization. As a board member, I spend a lot of unpaid hours working to help AFA succeed. Even though it takes up so much of my time, I feel like it is completely worth it. To know that AFA is out there, helping kids discover the arts for the first time is so fulfilling. I'm glad that Arts For All exists in the world and I hope it continues to thrive for many years.

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

expand the budget! If we had more money, we could bring more programming out to the kids.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Arts For All has changed my life. The work that Arts For All does is so amazing and fulfilling . I love knowing that we are helping kids express themselves in ways that they would not have the opportunity to otherwise. Each year, I put on a play with kids who have never been onstage before. It's so cool to watch them gain confidence as they rehearse and how excited they are to perform for the first time. Arts For All helps kids all over New York City, but it also impacts me in ways I never expected. It's the best!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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!!!

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?

2010-3-01

 
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