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.
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.
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.
Arts for All is a wonderful organization. I helped get it started many years ago, and I saw how rewarding it was from the point of view of one of the organization's teaching artists. Then I began teaching high school, and an Arts for All artist came to my classroom to lead a workshop on Shakespeare. I was able to see from the point of view of the community served just how fantastic Arts for All's services are. I knew it was a great organization, but I didn't realize just how invaluable it truly was. What a treasure!!
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.
Arts For All has changed my life. The work that Arts For All does is so amazing and fulfilling . I love knowing that we are helping kids express themselves in ways that they would not have the opportunity to otherwise. Each year, I put on a play with kids who have never been onstage before. It's so cool to watch them gain confidence as they rehearse and how excited they are to perform for the first time. Arts For All helps kids all over New York City, but it also impacts me in ways I never expected. It's the best!
About 7 years ago, I was dispatched by Arts for All to the Incarnation Children's Center to perform a Disney concert for HIV positive kids - especially one who had a birthday that day. The birthday boy was so excited - he grabbed my microphone at one point and started singing himself. About five years ago, I taught a Shakespeare workshop to a group of kids at the Polo Grounds community center in Harlem. Their first exposure to the bard yielded an amazing thing - they all memorized the line , "Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this Son of York." A little girl gave one of the most convincing readings of the line I've ever heard. At PS 14 in Harlem, the principal was so enthusiastic about his third-graders performing the first scene from Hamlet that he agreed to play the ghost in the scene. The kids loved it! These are just a few of my favorite memories from teaching AFA workshops, and some of the reasons why I now work so hard on the board of AFA - kids need us to expose them to theater, and to all art!!!