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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

54 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts For All's work has helped to support high quality arts programming in schools that are greatly in need. The work of their amazing staff and teaching artists has contributed to enhanced social emotional competencies for both general education and special education students. As Arts For All grows to help support more schools, additional students will receive the high quality arts education they so greatly deserve.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Arts for All is a wonderful organization. As a member of the programming committee, their dedication to the community they serve is evident within the instruction they provide. With a roster of talented artists, the students learn valuable skills that will help them thrive in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm incredibly grateful for Arts for All and everything this wonderful organization provides for in-need children all over the NYC area. They provide excellent artistic opportunities to over 3,500 children a year with their dedication, commitment, and giving spirit. I have personally seen the smiles, laughter, and educational growth at each event, classroom, workshop, and field trip where I have volunteered. The people who work and volunteer for this organization are extremely professional and believe in the mission and vision of Arts for All. If you get a chance to be involved with Arts for All, it will truly change your heart.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just began working with Arts For All. However, they have already impressed me with their extreme professionalism and devotion to the important work that they do. Considering arts funding is becoming less important in schools budgets, Arts For All provides a necessary tool for fostering children's intellectual development. They truly put their all into creating a better future for our children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started volunteering with Arts for All and have had a wonderful experience! They are so supportive of their teachers and are incredibly well organized with administrative matters. I'm always impressed by the care they put into their programs, and it shows in the fun that the kids have when taking part! So excited to keep working with them and learning more about their programs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned for Arts For All this past summer and have been a volunteer for the past two years. The organization has always been incredibly professional and dedicated to their mission. I look forward to continuing to help out and provide as many children in New York with an arts education as possible!

a.hill

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Arts For All has been an amazing experience, their staff is dedicated and very professional. Their commitment to their mission is apparent and they truly work each year to reach more and more children. As arts funding is rapidly disappearing from our schools, now more than ever, the programs AFA provides are necessary. AFA’s programs successfully reveal the crucial role that art plays in education and the benefits that it has on these students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The day was incredibly informative specifically concerning the operations for the organizations itself. I did, however, find that the development day catered mainly to the teaching artists. This is of course a vital aspect of the organization, but I am not sure that within that small amount of time that it can continue to promote the questions and dialogs necessary for improvement in lesson planning, assessment, and the like. It appeared most people were worried about the lesson plans and the the assessment protocols.

In addition, there could be another development day that directly focuses on lesson planning techniques while also addressing the various issues some may face in the class rooms--this could perhaps be implemented by bringing in a guest speaker in the field that could help the teaching artists better manage any difficult situations that arise. I think that sharing techniques can be an extremely valuable experience. I would suggest wiggio a free online tool kit which make it easier to work in groups.