Newsletter Issue #39
March - April 2015
An ATG Alum Shares His Story

Image Credit: Claudio Martino

Our first cultivation event of 2015 was a delightful celebration of past triumphs and future successes at Ivy Tower Lounge on March 25th. A mix of new friends and familiar faces got to know Interim Executive Director Patricia Runcie-Rice, who spoke about the impact our programs have on underserved students throughout the New York metro area. One such student, Nelson, joined us to share his unique perspective on why Arts to Grow programs are so vital for kids like him.


Spring Culminating Events

Photo Credit: Kayla Prestel

As the semester comes to a close, our students are eager to share what they've learned in culminating events open to family, friends, and the ATG community:


  Hope for Us - Pelham Bay, Bronx
Our 10-week visual arts program at Hope for Us has already finished with a final art sharing, in which our students ages 7-11 involved their parents in creating a new art project using skills they had learned throughout the program.
  CHLDC Community Learning Center - Cypress Hills,

In our 8th year of partnership with the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, middle school students in our full-year musical theatre program will be presenting Remember My Name, a full-length adaptation of Fame, on May 20th at 6:00 P.M. in the auditorium at IS 171. This program was made possible in part by funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council. 
  Riverdale Neighborhood House - Riverdale, Bronx
Middle school students in our full-year theatre arts program at In-Tech Academy will present a full-length play that they helped write and develop on the triumphs and pitfalls of adolescent life on May 29th at 6:00 P.M. in the auditorium.
Creating Bonds Through Art at Hope for Us
Photo Credit: Kayla Prestel

Bronx students living with Sickle Cell Disease created a close-knit community through visual arts at a weekend workshop with newest program partner Hope for Us. Teaching Artist Catt Melendez worked with a group of budding young artists ages 7-11 on mastering a variety of visual arts techniques; the students also honed their literacy skills by combining poetry with visual arts exercises meant to stimulate their imaginations and help them connect with each other.


Volunteer Spotlight: Darnell Laval

Photo Credit: Mike Tramis
As part of our commitment to delivering high-quality arts programs at no cost to the working families of students who need them most, ATG relies on the talents of a wide range of skilled volunteers. Darnell Laval, a video editor, recently joined us to complete a short video titled "Our Method of Effectiveness," which will be an asset to our marketing repertoire for years to come. Thanks, Darnell!

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