It's inspiring to see what the young people that Statement Arts works with are capable of - and to see them recognizing their own potentials through the program and with the incredible support of the staff.
I have only attended one program, but I was so impressed with the dedicated staff and students! The talent is remarkable and the interactions of everyone was so supportive and loving! Fantastic program!
I first learned about Statement Arts in 2013. I was looking for an internship during the summer between my two years of graduate school in social work, and saw a posting from Statement Arts in a Columbia e-blast. They were looking for a social work intern to come in and teach writing to a group of marginalized young people who were interested in the performing arts. While this might be an unusual environment for some social workers, I couldn't have imagined a more perfect fit. Having majored in Psychology and English in college, and being a singer myself, I knew that I wanted to work with Statement Arts instantly. They brought together everything I loved and believed in. That summer changed my life, and I have stayed close with those students and the organization ever since.
Now, three years later, I am the Interim Executive Director of Statement Arts. I have stayed connected to this organization because I believe in the community it creates for and the hope it instills in the young people it serves. We use the arts as a means to communicate, express, work things out, and grow. I am so humbled and honored to work with some of the most spectacular, talented, brilliant, and vibrant young people I have ever known.
My name is Joyce Mathisen, I recently moved to the New York City area and decided to volunteer for an organization that is passionate about helping children. I spent hours looking through the New York Volunteers website and kept coming back to Statement Arts and the Expanding Horizons College Prep Program. Statement Arts is a perfect fit because it works with students in the area of theater arts and college prep, two things I have experience with from raising my own daughters. I finally decided to contact the organization. The founder Liza Politi and I met so I could learn a little more about the organization, and we ended up talking for over two hours. I immediately knew I wanted to work for the organization.
My official title is donation coordinator but like everyone else in the organization I wear many hats. Over the summer I worked with alumni that came back to intern at the summer program. These students both alumni and current are amazing. They are bright, talented, and passionate individuals. We solicited donations from vendors, ran the first Statement Arts Barnes & Noble Book Fair, research scholarships and grant opportunities, and gave a College Readiness Seminar to the current high school students. Probably more important than all of those things was I listened to them. One young man would tell me everyday he just wanted to make money. I would explained to him that with a college degree he would have more opportunities to move up the ladder at work. He enrolled in classes again for this semester. Another young lady wanted to go to a four year college but is starting in a community college. We talked about her transferring and getting the most out of her community college experience. She went to the guidance office and changed her major from undeclared to music and we are working together on her future college plans.
I am reminded of the old proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” and for these students Statement Arts is that village. It is more than a summer program for them it’s a community where they can shine and believe in themselves and their dreams. I feel both humbled and honored to work with them.
New York is in desperate need of organizations like Statement Arts. We recently hosted a fundraiser, our first golf outing. At the dinner I was talking to one of the participants and he told me his son teaches at an inner city school. He explained to me that many of these children have nothing to do over the summer which can lead to trouble. It made me extremely proud to be a part of Statement Arts and the Expanding Horizon College Prep Program. Please help us to continue to grow and to work with these students.
Liza always says there is more than one way to be a parent and once you’re a Statement Arts kid you are always a Statement Arts kid. I think I want to change that to once you are Statement Arts family you are always Statement Arts family. We are asking you to support us and be a part of our family. Thank you.
I had a great time working with Statement Arts and their group of kids. As Producer of Room 28 Comedy we have worked with them for our live sketch shows. They are a bright and full of energy We couldn't have had a smoother experience. Thank you so much to the organization and kids for being amazing.
Statement Arts is one of those organizations that excels in empowerment. The individuals who volunteer their time care about the children and young adults they work with. We supply social services support, mentoring, and college prep programs in addition to our arts education classes.
Statement Arts has changed my life and I'm happy to share that with everyone that joins us.
I learned about the work of Statement Arts by happenstance some months ago. On first impression, I was simply awe-struck by the work they are doing with under-served youth and I was inspired to get involved. After reaching out to one of the founders, it became clear to me that this is a labor of love by a group of very talented and dedicated artists and professionals. Having met some of the young adults and seen how Statement Arts' programs have impacted and shaped them, I am even more impressed by the important work of this organization. I recently joined the Board and look forward to helping the organization expand its footprint so that more youth can benefit from their work.
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I have been involved with various Statement Arts projects over the past several years. As a professional photographer, I have been involved with documenting projects.
have donated to statement arts and seen first hand the wonderful work they do with kids and the Arts. It's truely amazing how they can reach kids and the results are spectacular.
I am a founder of Statement Arts and have developed the project "Urban Arts" for the past four years. The dedication shown by the board members, volunteers, and project leaders far surpasses any non-profit I've worked with. The students that partner with "Urban Arts" achieve great success in performances, preparing for college, working with community, and traveling for competitions. The Statement Arts volunteers develop meaningful work that changes students' lives.
We believe Statement Arts fills a much needed void in bringing the arts into the lives of many, especially underserved children. The vibrant interactive performances of The Think Theater Project for young children, for example, fosters understanding and acceptance in a fun and educational format. Watching the reaction of the children and their parents at their live shows, is a joy. Annette & Seth Kaminsky
We had an opportunity to attend one of Statement Arts plays produced by Think Theater. It was so much fun watching the play and watching the enthusiasm that it generated among the children. We particularly loved the interaction of the actors with the children. Richard & Carol Van Deusen
I am the project leader for The Think Theater Project. Statement Arts' support and enthusiasm was the driving force for the success of this program. The thought, compassion and detail that they put into every project is truly amazing. I am proud to now serve as a board member and continue to be inspired by the students, creative team, and directors of Statement Arts.
I worked with Statement Arts in Provincetown this past summer. Not only was their work with kids top notch, but the intellectual dialogue they built around their work amongst a diverse array of other artists was exceptional. I still keep in touch with many of the artists and arts educators I met through my participation with Statement Arts. I expect that as their community continues to grow, the work of Statement Arts will only get stronger, push further, and have a greater impact... I can't see how it won't.
The artists at Statement Arts have gone above and beyond in working with the students at our school. Liza and her team are wonderful and have helped our students to prepare for our annual musicals each year. Their dedication and expertise have provided our students with an education that will carry them in all facets of life. We are eternally grateful to them and are fortunate to have them as invaluable contributors to our school community. They are the best!
I helped organize last year's Think Theatre Project, one of Statement Arts most recent outreach programs. It was an amazing experience, and I will be helping again this year as well. It's pretty incredible to find an organization that is so clear on it's goals to help kids. The group's enthusiasm and passion is really inspiring, and I am very proud to be a part of it.
I have recently come to know Statement Arts through their 'Think Theatre' program. I am quite impressed by the dedication and professionalism of the creative team and think that they have an incredible capacity to reach and impact the lives of the children they serve. It was very exciting to watch the first season unfold and I look forward to 'Think's' continued success.
My first introduction to Statement Arts was when I went to see the high school performance of A Chorus Line. I was amazing by the talent and acting abilities of the kids which clearly was do to the dedicated mentoring by Statement Arts. I have also seen how the Think Theater project has works with younger children, through theater, to dissect topics such as tolerance, discrimination, diversity and peace building. Their performance of Peacemaker was top notch! Statement Arts is made up of incredibly talented and dedicated artist.
I was one of the people who founded Statement Arts. What started out as a volunteer program at a high school in Hell's Kitchen has grown into an impressive full-fledged 501c3! I am continually moved and inspired by the people that I work with.
I have been working as a volunteer with Statement Arts for three years now, and I've never met a more enthusiastic and dedicated team. They manage to jump through hoops and make the impossible happen... all on a shoestring. It's amazing to see students really come out of their shells and become better, more articulate, considerate, thoughtful citizens as a result of their theater experience. I'm really looking forward to helping take the organization to the next level over the next two years. If you have a spare few dollars to donate to the arts I can assure you it will be well spent at Statement Arts.