July 2008 - October 2008                                                   
                                                                                           Issue #10
In This Issue
Our Thanks To You
A Summer Of Art
Bigger And Better
And Then There Were 14!
Lessons In Learning
Online Outreach:
Save The Date!
Donate To Arts To Grow
Join Our Mailing List
October 27, 2008
Dear Friends of Arts to Grow:

The fourth year of our innovative programming kicks off with more excitement, more volunteers and even more efforts devoted to the cause of bringing arts of all kinds to students of all kinds! With school and community budgets shrinking dramatically as a result of the unprecedented economic crisis, the need for organizations like Arts to Grow has never been greater. The feedback we get from everyone: from our partner schools, from parents and from the students themselves, continues to be overwhelmingly positive; and is further evidence that educating children about the arts helps them develop into engaged learners and successful innovators! We're happy to share our latest news!
Our Thanks To You
Out Thanks to You
In just a few days, on October 28th, Arts to Grow holds its first ever Volunteer Appreciation Event. Since our inception, almost 100 skill-based volunteers and pro bono service providers have made critical contributions to building ATG. Because of the hard work and dedication of our many volunteers, Arts to Grow has grown itself - from a spark of an idea, to a team of committed individuals who believe in the power of the arts to inspire learning and motivate young people throughout New York City and urban New Jersey. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Lyons Wier Ortt Gallery, Sebastians Catering, Fidelity Investments and William Grant & Sons, our many Arts to Grow volunteers and staffers have a wonderful opportunity to gather for a celebration of what we've already accomplished, and a view of our future.
A Summer Of Art
SK DuffFor a second summer in a row, we've brought an innovative summer arts program to students in urban settings. At Newark NJ's Academy Street Firehouse, artist and poet S.K. Duff worked with children between the ages 9 - 14 years old - creating mixed media projects with an array of unusual objects. In an intensive program that met 3 hours per session over six weeks, students created work that ranged from surreal toy re-constructions made from recycled materials, to accordion books, ink brush animal drawings, and pop art based mail art. The program ended with a public art show at the Firehouse, including a toast with sparkling cider, that was well attended by family, friends and community activists including Newark blogger Craig Schoonmaker's who covered the event on his blog.   

At Harlem RBI, a year-round, nonprofit youth development program in East Harlem, 5th and 6th graders spent several weeks with Teaching Artist, Vickie Fremont, exploring  the wonders of African history. On Wednesday, August 13, the children showcased a diverse collection of African and Japanese puppets, jewelry, frames, and banners all made from recycled materials. Their efforts were featured on the prominent Harlem blog, Uptown Flavor, a website viewed by more than half a million people and growing! 

Bigger And Better

Speaking of growing, Arts to Grow is thrilled to welcome Katherine Gressel, in the newly created staff position of
Program Manager.
Bigger and Better
Katherine helps oversee our school partnerships, coordinates our evaluation process and assists with public relations and the development of our ever-improving website.  She's worked as a teaching artist for the Brooklyn Museum, the CityKids Foundation, and Community-Word Project, and as been involved in many children's art projects, both in New York and San Francisco. She earned her MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College, and we couldn't be happier to have her on board.
And Then There Were 14!
Arts to Grow is happy to welcome two new Teaching Artists to our ever-expanding ranks:
Nadia M. Fischer brings years of dance experience and a unique international background to our Arts to Grow dance students. Nadia's lived and danced in more than a half dozen places around the world, including Shanghai, Madrid and Singapore. She's taught at New York's Torrie Marie School for Dance, the Bronx Arts House and at several dance schools in New Jersey. As a recipient of the Fulbright Award in dance, she is superbly qualified to bring the techniques of modern dance, creative movement, hip hop, ballet, musical theater, jazz, and even Chinese dance to our students. 
And Then There Were 14 
Folk Art researcher Miguel Cossio was born in Mexico, and specializes in both Native American and Latin American art forms. Whether working through poetry, mythology, masks and puppets, face and body painting, or tribal art, Miguel manages to captivate young audiences and generate new enthusiasm for the arts in the classroom. Miguel has presented educational programs with many prestigious arts organizations, including New York's Henry Street Settlement and City Lore and Young Audiences New York. We're very pleased to welcome both Nadia and Miguel to our roster of Teaching Artists.
Lessons In Learning
Just a few weeks ago, Arts to Grow held its Third Annual Orientation and Training Seminars. For the third consecutive year, the Teaching Artist Training Workshop was led by arts education specialist Sara Lise Raff.  
As the first Director of Programs for Education Through Music, Inc., Sara has extensive experience in arts education partnerships throughout New York City. During this year's two-day workshop, our Teaching Artists explored new ways to help kids observe and describe what they see through their own voices. Our heartfelt thanks to EMC Arts for their third consecutive year providing the space for our training sessions. 
Lessons In Learning
Online Outreach
If you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to become a member of our new Arts to Grow Facebook group, another example of the new online outreach efforts underway at Arts to Grow. This fall, under the direction of Shannon Bradshaw, Director of the Computer Science Program at Drew University, student teams are exploring ways to expand ATG's community of volunteers, donors, program partners, teaching artists, kids and parents. At the end of the term, students will provide ATG with a strategic approach and recommendations for implementation.
And Then There Were 14 

Save The Date!

Get out your 2009 calendars - the date is set for Arts to Grow's Second Annual Heart to HeART Benefit!

When:Tuesday, February 10th 2009

Where: The Cue Art Foundation, at 511 West 25th Street in Manhattan, in the heart of Chelsea's gallery district.


How: You can begin purchasing tickets at the Arts to Grow website beginning next month.


Help: Be a part of the Heart to HeART Benefit; join the already more than 20 people serving on the Benefit Committee. For more information, contact Gwen Petronzio, Benefit Co-Chair at gslaught2000@yahoo.com.


Kristine JohnsonFebruary's event promises to be bigger and better than ever before.  Expect a Valentine's Day theme, and get the chance to meet with WCBS Channel 2 anchor Kristine Johnson, a mother of two young children herself.


Donate To Arts To Grow


In order to bring arts education to the kids with the least access to the arts, Arts to Grow keeps its fees for programs low, often charging as little as 25% of the actual costs. We rely on sponsors and individual donors like you to cover the other 75% of the cost of these programs.


Please consider making an investment in Arts to Grow today. Your dollars will go directly to support more inner-city kids participating in our programs.  Donations to Arts to Grow are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.


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And Then There Were 14

Thank you for your interest and support. We attribute our success to the involvement of our many supporters, partners, and friends. 
Warm regards,
Founder/Executive Director
Arts to Grow

Photo Credits: Bill Stanton Charles Steinberg, Craig Schoonmaker

Mallory King

Founder / Executive

Arts to Grow, Inc.

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