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Volunteer Spotlight: Gloria Fuentes


Gloria Fuentes has been generously donating her time and skills as a pro bono consultant for Arts to Grow over the past six months.  Recently we asked her what volunteering with Arts to Grow means to her, and what advice she would have for others who would like to get involved.  Here’s what she had to say.

Gloria believes strongly that strengthening children’s education will improve not only their lives, but the community as a whole.  Having seen firsthand the effects of budget cuts in schools over the years, she was drawn to Arts to Grow’s mission of providing arts programs to the children most affected by those cuts.  Gloria is a passionate advocate for arts education: “Children need creativity to thrive and grow, mentally and emotionally,” she says.  “Arts to Grow’s full-circle approach—strengthening the child, the community, and building leaders—is why I felt the need to support this organization with my time, talents, and service.”  To date, Gloria has helped us bring visual arts programs to more children as a key team leader in our cause-marketing partnership with Lowy Frame & Restoring Company’s Frame the Future program; she has also helped to create new donor relationships as a Co-Chair for our service grant partnership with Youth, I.N.C.’s Celebration program.

When she first started volunteering for Arts to Grow, Gloria committed to spending a full semester observing, participating, and learning about us and the programs we offer.  She would recommend this approach to anyone who is thinking about getting involved with ATG.  “I am a firm believer that seeing is believing,” she explains.  “When someone sees the work, the excitement on the children’s faces and the results this organization brings to the child and the community, they cannot deny their time is needed to help build the leaders of the future.”

Our sincere thanks to Gloria for her leadership and hard work in helping to provide many more less-advantaged children with access to learning through the arts!

Arts to Grow’s work is made possible through the pro bono contributions of professionals like Gloria.  To find out how you can get involved, please visit our website.


Arts to Grow has had many successful programs over the years, but the theater arts program at Elysian Charter School in Hoboken, NJ during the spring of 2006 was one of our first.  Here, teaching artist Patricia Runcie engages her first group of students.  Since this photo was taken, Patricia has come full circle in her work with ATG.  After successfully running the musical theater program at Cypress Hills LDC/IS 171 for five years, she has recently returned to Elysian as our program manager.

Arts Education and Work Performance: A Match Made in Heaven?

article-banner-arts-educationMove over, math and science. It’s time to make room for art.

Employers and government alike have long advocated math and science as the primary subject areas for those who want to excel in today’s knowledge-based careers. But now art is earning its rightful place alongside its more popular and heavily promoted sister subjects. And its biggest support is coming from employers.

But the value for employers isn’t in the actual learning of how to play an instrument, draw the human figure or compose poetry. The real benefit from employers’ standpoint is the skill set that seems to come primarily from studying the arts.

According to Fred Behning, an IBM retiree who has a music background, “The fine arts carry additional developmental benefits. Whether it’s music or dance notation, sculpture or painting, or translation of written word to emotion and action, all fine arts experience is built on conversion of the abstract into reality. This is Creativity 101 as taught in no other academic setting.

“The positive correlation between possessing an arts education and achievement in the workplace isn’t proven conclusively, but there’s mounting data to suggest it” (Behning, 2007).

Some of that data comes from employer survey results. In a report published by The Conference Board, an organization that researches marketplace and business issues, 97% of employers considered creativity to be “of increasing importance in the workplace,” while “85% of employers seeking creative employees said they were having difficulty finding qualified applicants with the right characteristics” (Lichtenberg, 2008).

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The Joy of teaching arts to children

What children know about art, grown artists are at pains to recapture. This is the joy of teaching art to children. It is also the great challenge. This website is for any adult teachers, parents looking for step-by-step guidance in how to instruct and develop, without overwhelming or dampening, the artist inside every child.

Arts to Grow is happy to share information on a great show created by our partners- RevolucionLatina

Amigo Duende

A magical world of adventure and imagination comes to life in Amigo Duende,
a new musical written by Joshua Henry, the Tony Award-nominated star of
The Scottsboro Boys, In The Heights stage manager Heather Hogan, and Luis
Salgado, the Latin assistant choreographer of In The Heights and performer in
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

Directed and Choreographed by Luis Salgado
Music and Lyrics by Joshua Henry

8 Performances Only!
October 4th – 7th
El Museo del Barrio – 1230 Fifth Ave. at E. 104th St.

General Admission: $28-35
Students, Family Packages, and Group Discounts available!

Friday Oct. 5th, 7:30pm – Benefit Performance
Saturday Oct. 6th, 1pm & 7pm
Sunday Oct. 7th, 1pm

Special Student Matinees:
Thursday Oct. 4th and Friday Oct. 5th, 10am and 12 noon

Tickets and information:
Visit RevolucionLatina.org or call 646-454-5720

This show will be performed in English