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August 28, 2009

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August 28, 2009

I was a mentor at New Urban Arts in 2006. It was a great experience. I remember everyone I met in my short time there. It was challenging, but really valuable. NUA does really amazing things for high school students. I remember a lot of my mentees telling me how terrible their public schools were: how art classes were cut entirely from the curriculum. And then to see these students doing something constructive and positive in their time outside of school was really great.

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

dedicated to the arts and to giving less privileged students opportunities to expand their interests and do something creative.

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

provide free art classes (materials supplied) to ALL public high school students in Providence and help many go on to college to pursue what they're interested in.

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I had a little more training in coming up with a curriculum for my workshops.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 27, 2009

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August 27, 2009

New Urban Arts is the healthiest nonprofit I have ever been involved with. The staff is totally dedicated and supportive. Working with students and artist mentors has been a constant source of inspiration, reflection, and growth. I am extremely grateful to be a part of such a vibrant learning community.

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I have always been drawn to mentoring but my experience with New Urban Arts has really given me a theoretical foundation for this kind of practice and ways to articulate what is important about this kind of work

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

not necessarily get bigger in terms of space but just update old equipment and maybe offer grants/scholarships to students/alumni/mentors as they further their education and careers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 27, 2009

New Urban Arts is the kind of place that can make anyone smile and say, "This is great- we need more!" However, New Urban Arts is such a great find because we could definitely use more places like it. The studio space is homey and open to visitors of all walks of life. The students who work there are all focused on whatever creative project is at hand. There is a strong sense of unity and equality. Who knew such a small space could bare such great fruits of the arts and of human endeavors in creativity? The mentors and volunteers are full of patience, positive hands-on attitudes, acceptance and understanding, making the environment ideal for young learners and blossoming artists in the community.

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

It is clear that this space is important to the students and staff who are a part of it and to the community of which the non-profit is a part of.

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

Down-to-earth, engaging people with valuable talents and experiences that they are more than willing to share with the students they mentor.

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

Get an even bigger space for even more students and activities, never run out of or have a limit of supplies, provide lunches for the students, set up payrolls, go on fieldtrips to creative capitols around the country- maybe even the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 27, 2009

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August 27, 2009

One of the most supportive and welcoming communities for young people and artists. Truly a leader in the field of youth development and arts communities.

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

Watching how they nurture youth and artist to grow personally and professionally.

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

Kind, open and engaging

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 27, 2009

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August 27, 2009

What an amazing place of energy and tolerance and exploration! I lived in the building just next door and would always pop in on my way to/from the neighborhood coffee shop to see "what was up". It was always something new and innovative. The kids were always engaged, the mentors constantly amazed and the rest of us in awe of the power of art. thanx for being part of the 'hood and the community!

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

the impact it has on the community and the immediate neighborhood

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

change the world! Their use of various art-forms and immersion of highly invovled mentors makes for an incredibly strong positive experience for everyone involved -- even if you just walk by and look in the windows.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 27, 2009

Having moved to Providence some six years ago, I have observed several non-profits in our community that have made a lasting imprint on our City--New Urban Arts is among them. As a safe place for young people to explore their own creativity and have positive interactions with their peers while building their confidence, NUA has made an incredible contribution to our quality of place while strengthening Providence's reputation as an arts and cultural powerhouse. Thanks NUA students, mentors, staff and volunteers!!!!

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

that it is a model program for youth, arts, confidence-building, and unleashing creativity!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 27, 2009

I have been a student and intern at New Urban Arts for the past three years. While being there i have met a lot of great people who i will stay life longs friends with and i have also learned a lot. while working with artist mentors i had the chance to ask questions about things like college and get a real perspective on things.

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

everyone there cares about each other and are working twards the same goals. even board members get involved and interact with students

Ways to make it better...

there were more people to help students with school work

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 26, 2009

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August 26, 2009

I have volunteered at New Urban Arts for two years and I can say with assurance that it is one of the most innovative, open after school programs that exists.

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

seeing students who might not otherwise have graduated high school and/or gone to college succeed.

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

Participating in a unique culture of creativity.

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

Engaged and intellectually honest.

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

Remake Rhode Island an possibly the world as a place where our highest values are cooperation and creativity, not competition and consumption.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 26, 2009

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August 26, 2009

I spent the summer working at New Urban Arts as a grad student. Having worked as an educator in the past at other youth education non-profits, I was most impressed by how deep and meaningful a connection the organization had to students and mentors. There is a real and lasting sense of community.

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

passionate, enthusiastic, positive, creative, open-minded, thoughtful, caring

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

build a scholarship fund so that all of the talented high school students who participate in the program could continue to pursue their passion for creativity in college.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 21, 2009

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August 21, 2009

It's an amazing place to learn different aspects of art. The volunteers are wonderful and always doing more than asked of to help you. All the conections and friendships I formed have formed here have helped me learn and grow as a person and as an artists. One of the most amazing places I've ever known.

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

Be the change we want to see in the world

Ways to make it better...

there were more dedicated students in the program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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