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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

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Arts For All is ALWAYS a fun experience. To be surrounded by other people who care so much about the cause and are happy to take big and little steps toward a significant impact is inspiring. Arts For All is a small nonprofit with a huge heart.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Arts For All is great! What an amazing non profit that serves every borough in NYC. The Literacy Through the Arts program is especially note worthy and special.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Brennan O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts For All is a brilliant organization. It services so many kids that would not have arts education otherwise. They has a great focus on student collaboration and creation. The people who run this nonprofit have an immense care of young people and their access to the arts. It's a wonderful place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with AFA as an intern, a volunteer and a committee member. All of my experiences at AFA have been amazing. The people are wonderful to work with! They believe in the importance of the work they are doing and take it seriously. AFA is a spectacular organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts for All is one of the most important parts of so many inner city children's lives here in NYC. These kids get to explore their artistic sides while learning about so many aspects of life and the arts. These children might have never seen a play or gone to a museum otherwise if it wasn't for the passion of Arts for All, their teaching artists, and volunteers. I am constantly blown away by the work they do, the people they touch, and the opportunities that they provide. Thank you for your love of NYC and its brilliant and deserving youth!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts for All is one of the most important organizations in New York City when dealing with both education and the arts. They bring a large range of arts opportunities to underprivileged and underfunded schools along with centers for disabled youth. They have been a highlight in the lives of countless NYC youth and I can guarantee that these students would not grow up the same if Arts for All wasn't a part of their early education. I applaud Arts for All for keeping their mission strong throughout the years and being the most passionate, fun, loving, and inclusive organization out there in this field. Reflecting on events I have attended from the Halloween crafts fairs to the tours of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that I led, I cant help but get teary eyed (actually happening at this moment) because of the enormous impact that AFA has had on the community, but also the impact that they have let me have on the students as a volunteer.

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Jeremy E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts for All is my favorite non-profit organization. They provide amazing artistic opportunities for children in need in a variety of artistic disciplines. AFA brings joy and laughter, as well as exposure to the arts, to so many children across the NYC area!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts for All is a fantastic organization that provides artistic opportunities for children in need. I had the pleasure of assisting them for their touring production of "The Emperor's New Clothes", a wonderful show that is sure to bring joy and laughter, as well as exposure to the arts, to many children in the next couple of... Read more

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Katya C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization to be a part of. Incredible program for kids who are faced with various difficulties, including physical and emotional. Talented teachers and volunteers, and great group of people all around.

rcolwell

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was a Teaching Artist in New York City and worked with Arts For All for over 9 years. This is an outstanding nonprofit organization for children in NYC. It is also a fantastic organization to work with. The staff is very helpful, organized, and truly cares about the artists working for them. They are passionate about bringing the arts to students who need them, and the programming continues to grow each year in exciting ways. I recently relocated across the country, but continue to seek ways to stay involved with Arts For All. That is a testament to the mission of this company and the people who run it. Volunteers and artists want to continue contributing, and many of the same organizations and schools request the programs year after year. I highly recommended Arts For All and will always support this truly great nonprofit.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I helped get Arts For All started during its first years, and my involvement with it is one of the things I am most proud of. I have seen the programs Arts For All offers both through the lens of a teaching artist and through the lens of an English teacher whose class benefited from AFA programming. It is a wonderful, much-needed organization, and I wish it could exist nation-wide!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

Arts For All is unmatched for its dedication to children in NYC. This organization is committed to nurturing the creative spirit and endeavors of students in the five boroughs of New York. I am delighted to work with this organization, and I applaud everything it does.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began at Arts For All as a volunteer in 2010, helping to teach art to children in Brooklyn Hospital. Later, I served as Development Director for a few years. Currently, I volunteer on the Fundraising Committee.
I believe strongly in the work that Arts For All is accomplishing. They are providing a vital outlet for creative expression and personal development through the arts for many children in New York City who otherwise would have very little access to this sort of programming. The staff and faculty at Arts For All are extremely dedicated to the work they do and the majority of funds at this organization go straight to the programs. I can't recommend Arts For All highly enough. Donate now. You won't regret it!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Please donate today to Arts For All!

Aubrey4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts for All is phenomenal organization that serves many children in NYC who may not otherwise have access to the amazing opportunities that arts education provides. I interned with the organization in Spring 2016 and had a transformative experience. I was placed with two teaching artists and for one day each week with each of them, I assisted in the classroom programming for Arts for All. The children were in 1st and 2nd grade. It was so rewarding to watch their progress over just a few months and to witness first hand the incredible impact that the arts can have on young people. I am continuing my involvement with the organization now as a volunteer on the fundraising committee. As an artist myself, I wholeheartedly believe in the power of the arts to transform lives, and this organization is an important piece in making that happen for NYC's public school youth.

price.alexandram

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Something I really appreciate about Arts For All is that everyone who works there or volunteers for them truly actually care about the kids. It's those kinds of people who can help make the biggest difference!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts for All although small is brimming with passion. The executive staff is sincerely concerned about the causes they support and accomplish their goals with enthusiasm.

KerriNY9

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Arts for All, in some capacity or another, since it was a student-run organization at NYU in the early '00s. I am continuously impressed by how far Arts for All has come since those early days and how many children they have been able to serve! While I always thought that AFA had a wonderful mission, it was only more recently when I joined the Board of Directors in 2015 that I was able to fully understand just how important that work done by this amazing organization is and how many children have had their lives enriched thanks to AFA's incredible teaching artists and volunteers. I am so proud to be part of this organization and cannot wait to see how many more community members will benefit from Arts for All's work in the years to come as Arts for All continues to grow.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For the last several years, I have served on Arts for All's Operations committee, and was elected to join their Board of Directors earlier this year. I cannot speak highly enough about this organization and their dedicated staff. Arts for All provides incredible opportunities to those who would not ordinarily have access to the arts due to lack of funding or otherwise. I am grateful for the opportunity to help ensure that children can continue to find ways to express themselves through the programs Arts for All provides. This is a wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was welcomed into the AFA family this year and have become involved in their Fundraising Committee. They work tirelessly to spread their reach to as many children as possible through theatre. They offer opportunities to see performances and take classes that many of these children didn't even realize existed. They are inspiring the next generation of Performers with their self-less gift of theatre.

crazibassoonist

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts for All is my FAVORITE non profit organization around. They target students in NYC who don't have opportunities for arts education and they bring them musical performances, art classes, and on trips to big NYC museums! There is nothing more important for the educational development of inner city youth than AFA's mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts for All is an organization that is providing hope and opportunity for a successful future for in-need children in the NYC area. They are opening these children's minds to the world outside of their education system and introducing them to creative outlets that let them flourish and grow in a different and less confined way. Seeing this in many children first hand through volunteering with Arts for All is so rewarding and I am excited to continue my volunteer work with them. The staff is incredible and supportive and the most genuine around!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to work for Arts for All in the past--to see the workings that go into creating this precious, important opportunities, and be there in person to see the benefits children reap from AFA programs. Not only that, but the passionate and giving people who bring their talents and open hearts to the organization to serve as Teaching Artists...wow. Arts For All is an incredible non-profit, bringing one of the most sincere and hardworking teams together to change lives in the NYC area. And I feel lucky to have been able to be a part of it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts for All is truly a phenomenal organization. The children who benefit from their workshops, the Audience Project Tour, and the Artistic Exposure Program in particular are finding a new outlet for their creativity in a way that is invaluable. Thank you, AFA, for all you do in the NYC community!

Julie128

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In August 2013, I heard about a non profit that 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, Inc professional artists work with youth organizations to build self-confidence, self-expression, teamwork, resilience, and creativity in children. Though I do not have any artistic talent, it is a cause that I am very passionate about. I was soon scheduled for an interview with the Executive Director for a Fall internship. The very first time I met Anna Roberts Ostroff, I knew she was an incredible person. I could hear the passion as she spoke about the organization, which she began while a student at NYU. That was three years ago and I haven't stopped volunteering with them since. I have seen the faces of the children that they bring the magic of arts to and it is something that everyone should experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the last two years, I had the privilege of working with this incredibly inspiring organization as both an intern and as a committee member of both the operations and fundraising committees. I have had the opportunity to work both inside the office with the Executive Director and Development Associate, as well as outside the office observing teaching artists in the classroom, and participating in fundraising activities. The experiences that I've had at Arts For All have far exceeded any expectations that I could have had. Every single individual involved, from the volunteers to the committees, board, and ED, are extremely dedicated to helping ensure that children who may otherwise face difficulties accessing the arts have an opportunity to do so. They believe strongly in the power of the arts to create resilience, creativity, self-expression, self-confidence, and teamwork, and I have witnessed this firsthand in my time with them. There's a reason that so many of the interns continue to volunteer with Arts For All after their internship has ended! Truly a remarkable nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts For All provides free arts programming to under-served NYC children who otherwise might not have access to the arts. AFA offers an opportunity for their young workshop participants to explore creative self-expression while simultaneously building life skills such as self-confidence, resilience and teamwork. In NYC public schools, when the budget needs to get cut, the arts are the first to go. Arts For All is filling in the gaps and providing arts education, free of charge, to students who might not otherwise have any artistic outlet.

Arts For All is an extremely well-run organization with an inspired team of administrators, teaching artists and volunteers. Should you choose to donate, you can be assured your money will be put to good use and you will be directly helping under-served children explore the arts and gain life skills at the same time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts for All is a great organization. They are always looking for ways to deliver the services for kids in NYC. I had the privilege of working with them many times.