Monthly Archives: October 2013

PS 75 visual arts fall 06These students are getting a face-full of arts learning!  They’re discovering the art of mask-making in the Fall 2006 visual arts class at PS 75 in Manhattan.


ATG ‘Frames the Future’ a Second Time; Auction Tomorrow Will Benefit Even More Kids

Photo Credit: Mike Tramis

Photo Credit: Mike Tramis

Our second visual arts program at Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center in Manhattan is off to a great start this semester.  Twelve children, ages 7-10, are actively engaged in creating art under the guidance of ATG Teaching Artist Michelle Hill.  Through this studio-based learning program, students are able to explore new artistic vocabulary, learn how to use and care for high-quality arts materials, and learn to express themselves through concepts such as shading and perspective.  This semester they are studying symbolism as inspired by Marc Chagall, and in November the class will be taking a field trip to The Jewish Museum to see the Chagall: Love, War, and Exile exhibit—a first-of-its-kind trip for ATG students!

Lowy’s Frame the Future program, which has generously sponsored this class for a second semester, is hosting an auction of student work from the first visual arts class at Lincoln Square, which took place last spring.  The gala and silent auction will take place tomorrow night, October 30th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lowy Frame & Restoring Co.  All proceeds will benefit future visual arts programs.  We hope to see you there!

All Arts to Grow programs are made possible by the generosity of our donors.  To help us bring the visual arts to more under-served children, please donate to the ATG/Frame the Future partnership today.

ATG Theater Arts Program Comes Full Circle at Elysian Charter School

Photo Credit: Charles Steinberg

Photo Credit: Charles Steinberg

Earlier this month, Arts to Grow kicked off our ninth program at Elysian Charter School in Hoboken, NJ with a Theater Arts program that will run through December.  The class, which is open to students in grades three through five with peer assistants in grades six and seven, focuses on theater performance and play development.  We have 23 students this semester!

We are happy to welcome teaching artist Candace Clift, who has gotten off to a wonderful start with our Elysian students.  Candace is a seasoned actor, director, and stage manager who has taught theater arts to students from third grade all the way through college.  As an educator, she strives to create a safe space for students to create and explore the art of acting with support and ample encouragement.

This year also marks the return of a familiar face to the long-running ATG-Elysian partnership, which started with our pilot program in visual arts in the fall of 2005.  Patricia Runcie began her ATG career as a teaching artist at Elysian back in 2006, where she taught Theater Arts until 2011; since then she has gone on to successfully run our Musical Theater program at IS 171/Cypress Hills LDC.  Now she returns to her roots at Elysian, this time as our program manager.  We’re thrilled to have her in this exciting new role.

With this delightful mix of new talent and seasoned expertise, this is sure to be the best year yet for our program at Elysian.  Many thanks to Candace and Patricia for all of their continued hard work in bringing arts education to more children!

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Arts to Grow is Back to School—and Serving More Kids Than Ever

ATG is happy to announce the launch of a record six programs this month, making this fall our biggest semester to date.  This includes the return of several previously-successful programs as well as the addition of a brand-new partnership in Newark, NJ.

Photo credit: Marlo Williamson

  • Elysian Charter School in Hoboken, NJ is once again partnering with ATG for a Theater Arts program taught by Candace Clift.  Elysian was the site of one of the first Arts to Grow programs in 2005; we are pleased to continue this long-running relationship.
  • Cypress Hills LDC in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn is hosting three ATG programs: Musical Theater and Audition Prep programs at IS 171 taught by Taylor Valentino, and an Ethnic Drumming course at The Beacon taught by David Freeman.
  • The Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center in Manhattan is holding its second Visual Arts program, taught by Michelle Hill, as part of our ongoing cause-marketing partnership with Frame the Future.
  • Lincoln Park Apartments in Newark, NJ is joining Arts to Grow for the first time to hold a Digital Media class taught by JC Cotti.  We hope that this will be the first of many exciting ATG programs held at this new location!

Best of luck to all of our students as they begin another new semester!

All of these Arts to Grow programs were made possible through the generosity of our donors.  To find out how you can help bring arts education to more children in need, please visit our website.