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Arts to Grow works with schools and community organizations in the NY/NJ metro area to provide art programs that change children's lives, inspiring them to love to learn and helping them discover their personal, intrinsic motivation.

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    Join our Indiegogo campaign to help us reach more funders! Your support today will enable us to bring our proven arts enrichment programs to more underserved kids in the coming year. Share this post and donate now to help us reach our goal of raising $4,000 for a professionally-produced video to tell our story.

    Arts to Grow is a nonprofit arts education organization partnering with New York City metro area public schools and community-based organizations, bringing performing, visual and literary arts classes to inner-city students ages 5-18. All programs are studio-based and taught by professional Teaching Artists. ATG’s programs are offered free to kids right in their own neighborhoods.

    ATG Honored at Youth, I.N.C. Innovators Breakfast

    Photo Credit: Mark Austin Spencer

    ATG will be honored tomorrow with the Excellence in Fundraising…

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    Arts bring the world to kids

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    Taft Museum of Art took students from Kentucky to London.  While they talked about what to pack, they never set foot on a plane that would have taken them across the pond.  The students took a four weeks imaginary trip to London through arts.  Taft volunteer docents exposed the students to a whole other world.  No, I’m not talking about England, even though that was the topic of the outreach.  I’m talking about art.  These students rarely have the opportunity to even visit their local art museums, much less foreign countries.  Programs such as the ones put on by Taft Museum of Art bring arts to these students.  In doing so, they bring the world to these kids.

    Arts can show kids the world.  We at Arts to Grow have first hand knowledge of this.  We have implemented programs that showed our students a whole other world through arts and music education.  After all, arts provide a universal language for everyone around the world.  When we put African drumming programs in schools, students don’t just learn about drumming.  They learn about culture and ethnics rhythms.  To support our African drumming programs, check out of wish list

    Arts replaced violence in school

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    BBC Reporter Jane O’Brien recently visited a pilot school in Boston and saw first hand the transformative effect of arts education.  

    90% of the students at Orchard Gardens Pilot School lives under the poverty line, and some are homeless.  Not too long ago, violence was normal at this failing school.  Students carried weapons and teachers didn’t stay for long.

    When Andrew Bott, Principal of Orchard Gardens Pilot School, took over, he fired the security guards and hired arts teachers.  Many advised him at the time to go for a phased approach, but Bott decided to tackle a total transformation.  Anyone who sees the results today, Bott’s bold move appeared to be the right one.  

    Orchard Gardens is one of eight schools participating in a test program launched by the Obama administration to invest $2 millions over two years for arts education in the nation’s most poorly performing schools.  So far, while there is no official research, the results in front of our eyes are promising.  

    We at Arts to Grow firmly believe in the importance of arts education in schools.  Sadly, six millions children in the US, mostly minorities or living in poverty, has no access to arts education.  We fill the gaps schools leave behind, as budgets continue to get cut.  Help us give access to arts education.  Please consider supporting our mission. 

    Bring a little drama to reading

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    We’re excited to see new programs being instituted in a New Jersey school: Morris district’s elementary schools, located in Morristown and Morris Township.

    Last year, an theater artist-in-residence approach was tried as a pilot program, and this year it became an official part of the district’s language arts curriculum for the third grade. The program will run for grades 3 and 4 next year and grades 3, 4 and 5 the following year.

    The program is provided by Mayo Performing Arts Center.  The partnership had been developing for years, but has been sporadic in part due to funding.  With additional funding and grants, what was just a goal is now a reality.  

    The school has seen tremendous success with this collaboration.  Programs like this help improves reading and comprehension skills.  The students are engaged in the process, because they are just having fun with the play.  The program is even seen as a way to help improve the students’ scores on the NJ ASK standardized tests.  “Programs like this are what make kids want to come to school,” said Noone, the principal.  But the kids don’t have to know that.  They just know that they’re having fun at school.  

    Arts to Grow has a similar mission.  But we cannot fully realize our goal  without your help.  Please consider supporting our kids. 

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