Monthly Archives: March 2014

Join Us Tomorrow as We Unveil Our New Website at Inc Lounge

Our last event at Moustache Pitza Photo Credit: Blowfish Brands, Inc.

Our last event at Moustache Pitza
Photo Credit: Blowfish Brands, Inc.

Learn how Arts to Grow is helping children love learning by joining us tomorrow, 3.26, at Inc Lounge. You’ll meet our leaders and teaching artists, hear more about how our programs make an impact in the lives of kids, and get a first look at our new website!

Learn How Arts to Grow is Helping Children Love Learning
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
6:30-9:00PM
Inc Lounge
224 West 49th Street, NYC 10019
(Between 8th and Broadway)

Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite for $20 and include a one-hour open bar from 7-8. We look forward to seeing you there!

Board Member Spotlight: Ken Jackson

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Photo Credit: Ken Jackson

Arts to Grow is delighted to introduce our newest board member, Kenneth Jackson. Ken is a senior technology professional in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and divestitures for Deloitte Consulting, LLP. Ken joins ATG with a deep commitment to serving the interests of urban and less-advantaged children through the arts. He points to his own childhood involvement in arts programs as inspiration, which he says have “informed [his] current views on the importance and possibilities of art to enrich the learning and educational experience of at-risk youth.”

Ken has previously served on the boards of several corporations and nonprofit organizations, including the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) organization of New Jersey, where he served as Treasurer of a local program that advocates for children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned.  Ken holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

As a member of the board, Ken intends to ensure that Arts to Grow reaches our goal of serving 5,000 kids annually by leveraging his expertise, skills, and professional contacts to support development and fundraising. We welcome Ken to our board of directors and thank him for his commitment to helping more children learn to love learning.

Arts to Grow’s programs are made possible through the work of skilled volunteers.  To learn more about how you can get involved, please visit our website.

Students in CHLDC/Beacon’s Percussion Ensemble Make Beautiful Music Together

Photo Credit: Sang You

Photo Credit: Sang You

Now in its third year, the Percussion Ensemble is music to the ears of students at IS 302, the site of CHLDC’s Beacon community center.  Since fall 2011, Teaching Artist David Freeman has worked with an average of 12 students in grades 5-8 on basic rhythmic hand drum techniques.  The children master basic rhythm patterns and then use what they’ve learned to develop their own compositions.  Through experiencing this music, the students also gain a deeper understanding of the language and history of West African and Caribbean drumming.

David says that working with kids and adults alike “requires a presence of mind, patience, openness, and a willingness to learn.”  He sees drumming as a tool to help his students “build self-esteem, accomplishment, and cooperation in a group setting” and to “develop inner strength that they can access at any time in any situation as they move along in life.” He enjoys being in the moment with his students, calling the classroom “a fascinating place where anything can happen.”  He adds, “And each session is a collection of many, many moments.”

David Freeman is a percussionist, composer, and educator based in Brooklyn. Prior to joining ATG, he had co-founded a drumming workshop in 2001 with the Middlesex County Division of Youth Services Juvenile Detention Center, where he taught up until funding was discontinued in 2011.  He currently performs with Merkava, the Outer Bridge Ensemble, and has collaborated on projects in the visual arts, dance, and film.  David has a passion for working with “at risk” youth and inner-city schools, and sees his work with ATG as an ideal opportunity to continue the mission of bringing music to kids and young adults.

Next Monday, March 17th, David will be performing with his band the Outer Bridge Ensemble for students in the CHLDC/Beacon program. Please join us at 4:30 PM at Cypress Hills LDC/Beacon, 350 Linwood St., Brooklyn, NY.

Arts to Grow Serves More Kids This Winter/Spring

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Photo Credit: Ulrik Pedersen

This semester we are excited to continue adding new programs allowing us to provide opportunities for more kids:

  • Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation /IS 171, Cypress Hills Brooklyn will host two continuing programs this semester: Musical Theater at IS 171, where students in grades 5-8 will culminate a year long program with performances of an adaptation of In The Heights under the direction of Teaching Artists Taylor Valentine (Theater) and Kevin Alan Daniels (Choreography);
  • and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation/Beacon, Cypress Hills Brooklyn where our Percussion Ensemble with our Teaching Artist David Freeman will continue from the fall. David will lead students from grades 5-8 in learning technique and exploring sounds of Afro-Caribbean ethnic drumming.
  • Spring Creek Community Corporation, located in the neighborhood formerly called Starrett City, Brooklyn, will partner with us again, this time on a Theater Arts program for students in grades 2-4 taught by Heleya de Barros.
  • Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center will hold two programs: a continuation of our Visual Arts program sponsored by Lowy Frame the Future, taught by Teaching Artist Michelle Hill;
  • Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center is also adding a new Percussion Ensemble taught by our veteran Teaching Artist, David Freeman.
  • Lincoln Park Apartments in Newark, NJ will continue the year-long program, “Seeing The World Through Digital Media.”  Children ages 7-12 will continue to expand upon their work from this fall, learning the art of filmmaking with our Teaching Artist JC Cotti.

All Arts to Grow programs are 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.