Arts to Grow

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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    Volunteer Spotlight: Gloria Fuentes

    Gloria Fuenteshas been generously donating her time and skills as a pro bono consultant for Arts…

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    Introducting…  our new blog!

    Arts to Grow is proud to announce the launch of our new blog over at — check it out for all the latest news about ATG, and don’t forget to update your bookmarks!

    (Photo Credit: Sy Abudu)

    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-Rice 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.

    Teaching children to draw self portrait

    Drawing - Head-to-toe Self-Portraits

    The children do exercises to learn about the proportions of their bodies and then draw self-portraits. Ages 3 to 9. Plan 2 sessions.



    • Learning about proportion 
    • Drawing from observation
    • Filling the paper

    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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