Arts to Grow Newsletter November 08 - March 09  

Issue 11  


Dear Friends of Arts to Grow:

kids drawing
Happy Spring! In this time of economic uncertainty, we find certainty in the fact that our programs have a demonstrative impact.
Our programs are as on target as ever. Engaging kids in a love of learning reaps benefits today and into the future. We know our programs are needed because they are highly sought-after by over 50 organizations. We provide the highest quality experience for our kids through hiring paid, knowledgeable teaching artists.
We highly leverage each dollar raised. Our volunteers and pro-bono service providers support our work in every activity aside from actually teaching. In the past six months, dozens of skilled volunteers have made it possible for Arts to Grow to work with more children. We are happy to share our latest news. If you haven't already joined us, we hope to hear from you soon.
Heart to HeART Gala 
Raises Tens of Thousands
gala2Arts to Grow held its second annual "Heart to HeART" gala on Tuesday, February 10th at the CUE Art Foundation in the heart of Manhattan's Chelsea art district. The event, MC'ed by WCBS 2 news anchor Kristine Johnson, was a huge success - over 150 people attended and more than $20,000 was raised that will directly fund our programs. Precept Medical Communications joined us as our "Velvet Sponsor," while over 30 other companies contributed to the event. Contributions included dozens of raffle items and six activity stations.
Throughout the evening, gala attendees enjoyed a bourbon tasting, massages, musical performances and a fabulous array of desserts and chocolate samples. But we couldn't do it alone. Arts to Grow would like to thank all our guests and add a special shout out to our gala co-chairs, board leaders, our 30+ member gala committee, all the donating companies, the artistic talent and One Brick Volunteers, whose efforts made the night so magical. Your hard work and contributions made this event a true success for our kids!
Elizabeth Barry & Associates
Sponsors Arts to Grow
We are honored that Elizabeth Barry & Associates began a multi-level cause marketing sponsorship with Arts to Grow in November 2008. To date our relationship has included involvement with three different companies: gendance, the first weekly global dance newsletter created by EB & Associates has featured Arts to Grow four separate times; we've received a donation from Sequins Direct of 350 red sequins wristbands - which sold at our gala, with all proceeds benefiting ATG; and sponsorship of DANCE-OPOLY from which Arts to Grow will receive a donation of $10 for each game we sell.  Additionally, Ms. Barry herself spoke at our gala in February; and for a surprise treat, she also presided over a small dance performance, delighting the wine-and-cheese crowd.

Elizabeth Barry, the president of EB & Associates, says of their sponsorship, "I am honored to say that supporting Arts to Grow through 2009 is going to be one of the greatest accomplishments that we can do to give back this year. When you're the head of marketing company and you have the resources, it's a blessing to give back, especially to an organization that's close to home.  Congratulations to Mallory and her staff for being so kind and loving to the children that you offer services to...it gives us all a lesson to learn from. Success in 2009!"
Academy Street Firehouse
Interview with Annie Chen
girl firehouse
Ms. Annie Chen, Director of Development for the Academy Street Firehouse, took a few minutes to sit down with Arts to Grow. Here's what she had to say:
What current or upcoming programs does Academy Street Firehouse have with Arts to Grow?
This spring ATG is bringing a teaching artist to the ASF program for an 11-week urban dance workshop.
How did you start the ATG-ASF partnership?
ATG had great access to high quality teaching artists and arts curricula, which fit into the mission of the ASF program.  With that in mind, we searched for a funding base that would support the partnership...
How did you do fundraising for the ATG-ASF partnership?
In collaboration with Arts to Grow, we developed a grant proposal to the Essex County Local Arts Initiative. For 3 years now, our program partnership has been funded through this important grant program.
What's it been like to work with ATG?
ATG is wonderful to work with. Mallory and her team have always respected our mission to serve an at-risk population and make it a priority to find the right artists for our kids. 
DonateDonate to Arts to Grow
Our mission statement reads in part: Arts to Grow provides young people of all abilities with the opportunity to engage in the artistic process as a catalyst for learning. With the current economic crisis, all educational and social services are at risk.  Dollar for dollar arts education is a tremendously effective investment in our children's future.  In donating to Arts to Grow, your dollars will go directly to support more inner city kids participating in our programs. Every dollar counts!  All donations to Arts to Grow are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.
In This Issue
:: Heart to HeART Gala
:: Elizabeth Barry & Associates
:: Academy Street Firehouse Interview
:: New Partnership with Cypress Hills
:: Round Up of Culminating Events Fall 2008
:: Arts Education and the Economy
New Partnership
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation

Arts to Grow is proud to announce the beginning of a unique new partnership with Brooklyn's Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation - a community organization offering Brooklyn residents neighborhood services and community development projects for more than 25 years. In partnership with the CHLDC, our teaching artist Patricia Runcie is sharing her extensive acting and directing experience with 6th, 7th and 8th graders at I.S. 171 Abraham Lincoln in Brooklyn. For the first time, Arts to Grow is overseeing an original production based on a contemporary broadway show, where the kids will learn everything from script preparation to choreography to set design.

kids singing
Lauren Fine, Education Director at CHLDC, says producing an entire musical has been a long-time goal and adds: "From the start, Arts to Grow was committed to helping us realize our most ambitious vision. Our initial planning meetings have given us the confidence that this can actually be done!" Arts to Grow Executive Director and Founder, Mallory King says this new partnership "Signals an important new growth phase, as we look for ways to provide more holistic arts services to organizations and increase the impact of our programs at a community-wide level." The production at I.S. 171 is scheduled to take the stage in June. Stay tuned for future newsletters with information about the performance.

Round Up of Culminating Events

Fall 2008
Evidence of Arts to Grow is everywhere:  bringing colors and cartoons to the Bronx, urban movement and hip-hop music to the Upper West Side and witty words to Hoboken. 
teaching artistAt the Riverdale Neighborhood House, in the Bronx last fall, after school students in grades 3-5 took part in an Arts to Grow visual art class. Teaching Artist Miguel Cossio introduced the children to a variety of creative painting techniques and styles, including (as one student described it) "the 'splatting' technique and the 'splash' technique."
Students in grades 3 through 7 at the Elysian Charter School in Hoboken spent last fall in a Writer's Group developing character-based comic vignettes. Under the guidance of Teaching Artist, Patricia Runcie, the Elysian Theatre Ensemble staged readings of a series of their own short plays, including "Stuck in the Bathroom with You," "A Hobo's Life is the Life for Me," and "Concerts in the Jailhouse Don't Rock."
Kindergarteners and first-graders taking part in the Arts to Grow program at PS 75 in Manhattan proudly hosted parents and teachers at their December 18th art show, featuring African dolls, traditional African jewelry, and collages created out of recyclable materials with the help of Teaching Artist, Vickie Fremont. A mural produced by the children is now permanently displayed at the school.
kids with poster
For a third consecutive year, Arts to Grow brought its innovative urban dance after-school program to Mott Hall II Middle School in Manhattan's Morningside Heights neighborhood. Teaching artist and professional dancer Nadia Manuela Fischer spent 12 weeks teaching 6th and 7th graders the history, meaning, and movement, of hip-hop. The program wrapped up with the production of an originally choreographed piece, performed to Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)" at the school's January 30th Winter Fest Arts Celebration.

Arts Education and the Economy 

In lean economic times, arts educators are faced with more challenges than ever, as arts programs become the target of tightened budgets. Yet, recent research findings offer proof of the far-ranging benefits of a comprehensive arts education in developing literate, productive young adults.
Photo Credits: Bill Stanton, Elizabeth Barry & Associates, Inside Films, Katherine Gressel, L. Craig Schoonmaker, Lori Spears, Sharon Wildey

Mallory King

Founder / Executive Director

Arts to Grow, Inc.

(201) 209-9886



Arts to Grow Newsletter November 08 - March 09  

Issue 11