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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education

Mission: Arts For All offers accessible artistic opportunities to children in the New York City area who face socio-economic, physical, or emotional barriers to exploring the arts. Through Arts For All, professional artists work with youth organizations to build self-confidence, self-expression, teamwork, resilience, and creativity in children.

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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I've worked with Arts-For-All as a partner for about three years, and I can say with the utmost sincerity that AFA is a wonderful -- and needed! -- organization. It's not only that AFA cares about offering underserved children enriching arts programs. AFA's leadership, staff, teaching artists, etc., are talented, dedicated, hard-working, cheerful, serious and energetic. The teaching artists blow me away with their gifts and commitment. I am impressed by the quality and variety of AFA's programming. I am delighted -- and humbled -- to be associated with AFA.

Previous Stories

Donor

Rating: 5

In 2013, I started partnering with and supporting Arts For All, and the relationship was successful and immensely rewarding. We are working together again this year on four arts education programs for second-graders: two that pair haiku with the visual arts; and two that pair haiku with music. (The haiku were written by my late mother, Sydell Rosenberg, a teacher and an anthologized American haiku poet.) These programs are not just educational and hands-on fun, they are exciting and unusual. AFA takes its mandate to serve children seriously and with a drive and dedication that's a joy to experience. The feedback from the kids, principal and teachers has also been satisfying. I am proud to be associated with Arts For All: it is a wonderfully worthy organization that fulfills its commitment to enrich the lives of children every day.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Arts for All provides amazing experiences for kids who might not otherwise have exposure to the arts and humanities. As a donor I know that these experiences can be life- changing and can offer inspiration and hope to kids in the program. It is food for growth of a different kind and gives them an opportunity to imagine themselves as able to do or be anything!