NEW URBAN ARTS

Rating: 5 stars   22 reviews

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Location: 743 Westminster St. Providence RI 02903 USA

Mission: Our mission is to build a vital community that empowers young people as artists and leaders, developing creative practices they can sustain throughout their lives.
Geographic areas served: Providence, RI
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EIN 05-0498654
401-751-4556
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

NUA is one of the most incredible communities I've ever been a part of. The studio gives everyone who walks through the doors permission to be themselves, to grow, to experiment, to be honest, and to share. There is some sort of indescribable magic that happens at NUA. Every single time I came to the studio I left feeling more hopeful and happier than when I arrived. This place is a positive influence on everyone who is a part of it in any way. I really wish that more people could experience it.

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

my daily life, whether I'm in the studio or not. I've seen the results of NUA in the lives of students, mentors, staff, and volunteers involved.

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

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

the opportunity to be in an environment where everyone is learning from everyone else. Sometimes mentors are students and students are mentors. Traditional barriers between the "student" and the "teacher" are gone, allowing more learning to take place.

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

the kindest, most down-to-earth, enthusiastic, and caring people that I've ever met in one place.

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

host more students, more mentors, and more volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

I had had more time to spend in the studio.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding.

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

I feel that NUA will always be a home for me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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10 people found this review helpful

new urban ats is the bes place in the world i rather go there than to my own house .

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

the best ever

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

Ways to make it better...

nua was bigger

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

my eperience at new urban arts has been the best .. it is the most awsomest place in the whole world

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

was very awsome

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

Ways to make it better...

if it was biger

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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?

2009-8-01

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9 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-6-01

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9 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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11 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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?

2009-8-01

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9 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-9-01

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10 people found this review helpful

As a reserved, yet typical high school student searching for something to do after school, I was completely overwhelmed when I bumped into New Urban Arts. The second I stepped inside the studio I was immediately greeted warmly and given a tour. Upon deciding to return and become a member of New Urban Arts, I found myself also becoming a part of an incredibly supportive community. New Urban Arts allows students to think and create very freely without a trace of judgment or any expectations for that matter; this allows the student to be work without pressure. With the assistance of artist mentors, who learn just as much as their students do, students become immersed in the wonderful world of studio arts. After four years of being involved with New Urban Arts, I decided to become a mentor and give back to a place that has undoubtedly bettered my creative process.

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

working there and being a student there. I've been on both sides. I've been the student who comes in and creates like no one's business or sit around and talk to my peers until something sparks in my mind, and I've also been the mentor who assists.

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

the unexpected elements. I've never been to a place where students were so rapidly creating and thinking without even knowing it. It has never failed to impress me how the high school youth can open their minds and work together.

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

exceptionally professional while maintaining a special, genuine, almost casual relationship with students and others who are affiliated. They were all very kind, personable, and great characters themselves.

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

expand nationwide. Providence isn't the only place where high school students are deprived of a healthy arts education. It also isn't the only place where students need a positive and supportive community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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