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 Newsletter Issue 32

October - November 2013

Kids See the World Through Digital Media in New ATG Program
Video Credit: JC Cotti
We're proud to introduce our newest program, "Seeing The World Through Digital Media" at Lincoln Park Apartments in Newark, NJ. Nine children ages 7-12 are learning the art of filmmaking with our Teaching Artist JC Cotti. Over the course of the semester the children will write, act in, film, and edit a short film using JVC HD flip cameras and Final Cut Pro editing software.

JC is working with the students to hone skills such as acting for the camera, improvisation, mime, storytelling, and camerawork. Each class begins with fun exercises such as improvement games where we see even the shyest children participating; then they shoot scenes for their film, a zombie-themed comedy that the children developed and wrote themselves. The students rotate roles every few minutes so that everyone has a chance to work both in front of and behind the camera. Each week the students come to class excited and ready to film!

Click here to learn more about the students and their Teaching Artist, JC Cotti.
Arts to Grow Honored at Youth I.N.C.'s Celebration Benefit at the Waldorf and Annual Innovators Breakfast
Photo Credit: Will Ragozzino
Over 1,100 supporters of youth-serving nonprofits packed the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria on November 19th for A Celebration to Benefit New York Kids. ATG was honored along with 14 other youth-serving organizations who are all working to improve the lives of less-advantaged children in the New York metro area. Now in the second year of receiving Youth I.N.C.'s Celebration Service Grant, we are thrilled to report that this year we've exceeded our fundraising goal, reaching 160+% and raising over $60,000!

A huge thank you to our Co-Chairs whose advocacy, hard work and personal commitment has forged expanded engagement of corporate leaders and individuals whose investments will directly support opportunities for dozens more children to learn and grow in our arts learning programs in 2014.

We are also honored to announce that ATG has been chosen as the sole Celebration partner to receive an award at Youth, I.N.C.'s 3rd Annual Innovators Breakfast hosted by Bloomberg LLP on January 24th, 2014.

Read more about newest 2013 Co-Chair Nick Boaro.

Program Spotlight: Elysian Charter School
Photo Credit: Laure Foord

This fall, Arts to Grow kicked off our ninth program at Elysian Charter School in Hoboken, NJ with a Theater Arts program. The class, which has 23 students in grades three through five, focused on theater performance and play development.

Our Teaching Artist Candace Clift lead the 12 week program. To help the students learn to function as an ensemble and build their focus, Candice had the students try an exercise in which they stood in a circle and only one student could sit down at a time until the entire class has been seated. The students never knew who would sit next, and if two students sat at the same time then the entire group had to get up and start over. Completing this exercise successfully required each student in the group to pay attention to, anticipate, and respond to each other's movements.

Click here to read more about the students' dedication in the face of this challenging acting exercise.
Frame the Future Auction Funds Another ATG Visual Arts Program 
Photo Credit: Mike Tramis

For the past two semesters our cause-marketing partnership with Lowy Frame the Future has brought visual arts programs to children in Manhattan's Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, located within a New York Housing Authority site. We are happy to announce that proceeds from the recent Frame the Future gala and silent auction will fund a third visual arts class at Lincoln Square, giving another group of children the chance to experience in-depth arts learning.

Over 70 people attended the gala, held October 30th at the Lowy Frame & Restoring Co. showroom. 35 watercolor still lifes and landscapes created by students in the first visual arts program were auctioned off, and we are delighted to say that each of those paintings were sold.

Thank you to everyone who came out that night to support Arts to Grow and helped more children become engaged learners and lovers of the arts.

Read more about what ATG/Frame the Future students are learning this semester.



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Mallory King
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In This Issue
Kids See the World Through Digital Media
Arts to Grow Honored at Youth I.N.C.'s Celebration Benefit
Program Spotlight: Elysian Charter School
Frame the Future Auction Funds Another ATG Visual Arts Program
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