Newsletter Issue 1

 

Arts to Grow Newsbrief – Issue #1

October 31, 2005

 

Dear Friends of Arts to Grow:

Today I am introducing a brief news update from Arts to Grow with the plan of sending this along every two or three months with information about our programs and latest organizational developments.

Arts to Grow Moves into the Classroom

Our programs are now in full swing working with three partner after school programs at:

  • PS 75 – Manhattan where young people in grades 3-5 and 1-2 are working making art in a courseAwesome Paper Creations: The Art of Collage & Cartoon Pop-Ups!” lead by Teaching Artist, Ann Sgarlata.
  • Elysian Charter School – Hoboken, N.J. where students’ in grades 4-6 are participating in “Mixed Media Art Class” taught by Teaching Artist, Marisol Gómez Mouakad.
  • Mott Hall II Middle School – Manhattan where middle school students’ in grades 6-8 are involved in learning “Comedy Improvisation & Clowning Techniques” under the guidance of Teaching Artist, Ernesto Lopez.

Each class engages 12-15 young people in a 1-2 hour session weekly for 8 – 14 weeks depending on the needs of our partner after school programs.

Launch Breakfast Held

On September 19 members of the arts education community, friends and supporters gathered at the Support Center in Manhattan to hear from Mallory King about her vision for Arts to Grow and learn from the Lisa Fitzhugh, founder, Arts Corps, Seattle, WA about the success of her after school arts program. ATG Teaching Artist, Caitlin Barton rounded out the program offering attendees stories about the impact this work has in the lives of young people.

Program Evaluation/Documentation Underway

Under the leadership of Charla Austin, Evaluator, ATG has created observation tools for evaluating and documenting our very first work with kids. Two college interns from Columbia and Rutgers, under Charla’s supervision are conducting a series of sites visits to each program. The goal of this project is to document and evaluate changes in student’s behaviors, student’s ability to work independently / in groups, and their active participation in a creative process.

Arts to Grow’s team of professionals expands

During ATG’s launch phase, I am truly inspired by the commitment of a growing team of experienced professionals who have committed to offering their talents pro bono to make the vision of Arts to Grow a reality. My greatest appreciation and thanks to Charla Austin, Evaluator; Lynn Levy, Arts, Entertainment & Media Management, an arts organizational consultant; Kimberly Freeman, web designer / communications specialist; Jaron Rubenstein, Rubenstein Technology Group; Eve Baker, writer; and Lynne Potts, grantwriter.

Moving beyond the launch phase: Building a Board of Directors / Expanding partnerships

Looking ahead, a committed, professional Board of Directors is critical to connecting Arts to Grow to financial investors and community resources needed to fuel growth. Mallory King is actively building connections to potential board members and would be delighted to have your suggestions. Partnerships with existing after school programs allow us to reach young people in their own neighborhoods.  Beyond the launch phase, we are seeking to create efficient pathways to creating new partnerships in places of need.

 

Thank you so much for your interest and support of this new venture.  Arts to Grow’s success depends on the involvment of supporters, partners and friends.  We couldn’t do it without you.

 

Best regards,

Mallory King

Founder/Executive Director

Arts to Grow

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