Arts in time of crisis

Hurricane Sandy Flooding Avenue C 2012

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a month since Sandy blew through the area. It seemed like yesterday when the most powerful city in the world lost power and stayed dark for days. Countless lost days of business or livelihood. Many lost their homes. Some even lost their loved ones in this storm. In times like these, the resiliency of the arts community was particularly evident.  In the weeks that followed, the arts and culture communities showed care and charity all around the tri-state area.  There were art auctions, benefit shows, and online sales.  Funds raised were donated to charities, like Red Cross, that gave immediate relief to hurricane victims.  

For our children, art proved to be one of the best stress management techniques. Many of the children in our programs were displaced because of the storm.  Some were able to go back to their homes within days.  Others are still living with friends and families, waiting to return home.  Art gave them a channel to express themselves when words failed them.  In the weeks following Sandy, we redoubled our efforts to ensure that our kids had every opportunity to process their emotions through creative outlets.  The process of making art — telling stories about personal losses through acting, dancing and painting together — was one way to help bring normal back just a little bit sooner.

We were able to provide such programs to our communities and play a role in the area’s recovery because of our donors’ on-going generosity.  We know there are a lot of worthy causes out there.  We thank you for supporting ours.    

Photo credit:  David Shankbone

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About arts2grow

Arts to Grow (ATG) engages children in the artistic process by providing free, highly tailored and professionally taught arts education programs to youth in the New York metro area who have limited access to the arts. Arts to Grow collaborates closely with schools and community groups to match performing and visual arts programs and Teaching Artists with the specific needs of each group of children. ATG serves the community and society by helping children develop their full potential through the arts.

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