Newsletter Issue 5


Arts to Grow Newsbrief – Issue #5

February 28, 2007


Dear Friends of Arts to Grow:

We’ve just completed our busiest cycle and have lots of exciting news to share with you.

Students Shine in Arts to Grow’s Culminating Events

Our culminating events offer students an opportunity to participate, perform, and present their artwork to their peers and families. Our most recent events were:

  • November 2006: Riverdale Neighborhood House

Teaching Artist: Joyce Griffen

Splash of Careers: a radio talk show. This was a student-written and acted imaginary radio show with fictional student interviews. The performance was a success with a large audience of family and friends.

  • December 2006: Future Leaders Institute

Teaching Artists: Joann Boris-Salley, Lina Meza, Marcia Annenberg, Vicki Fremont

Students participated in a school-wide “Winter Celebration” and displayed visual art projects including collages, paintings, and African art works of puppets, baskets, and picture frames. Additional performances of choral pieces, drumming sets, and dances by other students from FLI were enjoyed by all.

  • December 2006: PS 75

Teaching Artist: Judy Richardson

First and second grade students made masks with plaster casts, created collages, and fashioned costumes. All of their hard work was displayed in a show for other after-school program students and in a second show for friends and family.

  • February 2007: Mott Hall II

Teaching Artist: Erica Rebollar

Our students, 6th-8th graders, participated in Mott Hall II’s “Winter Festival”, a school-wide celebration of the arts and community. The ATG student-choreographed work performed was a fusion of hip hop, house, jazz, and modern. The dance performance was enthusiastically applauded and many potential students have expressed interest in future ATG classes.

  • February 2007: Elysian Charter School

Teaching Artist: Patricia Runcie

The student written and choreographed play, “The Conflict of the Imagi Nation,” was developed through improvisation, character movement, and vocal technique exercises. The ATG students came together as a cohesive whole over two performances and parents expressed excitement over their children’s participation.

Arts to Grow was Bridgestar’s February Board Posting of the Month

Bridgestar is a company dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations access the skills, resources, and professional individuals they seek. The newsletter is sent to over 19,000 individuals and will link directly to boardnetUSA. The exciting news was received at the close of January and you may view the February newsletter at:

Now Seeking Board Members

Arts to Grow is poised and excited to grow from a founder’s board to a board of professionals who will be committed to the mission of our organization. We are interested in candidates living or working in the New York City metropolitan area with skills in entrepreneurship, finance/investment, and fundraising. If you are interested in supporting arts education for children of low income families, please contact Mallory King for further information.

News in Brief

  • Arts to Grow is proud to announce the launching of its new website. This was made possible through the pro-bono work of Michael Wiemeyer, Creative Director and Kathryn Porter, Art Director of Designlounge, Inc. and Jaron Rubenstein of Rubenstein Technology Group. We hope you will visit our site at:
  • We are delighted the Essex County Local Arts Initiative awarded Academy Street Firehouse in Newark, NJ a collaborative grant in the amount of $4,000 to work with Arts to Grow.
  • ATG hired our first interns in January. Kimberly Olstad is a graduate student in New York University’s Performing Arts Administration program and is working on marketing and development projects for ATG. Charles Steinberg is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and will be assisting with teaching artist recruitment and new partnership development.

PROFILE: Michael Wiemeyer, Founder and Creative Director of Designlounge, Inc.

Michael’s company provided pro-bono services during the past nine months creating Arts to Grow’s logo, print materials, and website. A visual artist and printmaker by training, Michael grew up in Germany and later studied at the Art Students League of New York. In 2002, he founded Designlounge along with the company’s Art Director, Kathryn Porter. Michael and Kathryn’s “disciplined approach to communications” includes distilling ideas to their core essence and discussing a vision fully with clients before beginning. Their beautiful work can be seen at

Michael maintains that creative freedom in the pro-bono process is a must since a serious investment of time and resources are spent. His decision to work with Arts to Grow came as a result of Michael’s belief that ATG is an organization whose work will affect many young people. Before beginning, Michael and Kathryn immediately noticed ATG needed a creative identity that would integrate the many art forms offered by ATG teaching artists. A direct outcome of this is the homepage logo which cleverly reveals various artistic offerings as the building blocks are scrolled over. As ATG grows, Michael envisions 3-D design options including cards in the classroom which emulate the website’s building blocks.

Our process of working with Designlounge was one of collaboration and rapport. After the website was launched, Michael stated, “We are very happy to have had the instinct that Arts to Grow is an organization we needed to support.” ATG’s new visual identity has already had a powerful impact. We express our deepest thanks to Designlounge, Inc. for all of their hard work and look forward to a continued relationship well into the future!

PROFILE: Jaron Rubenstein, President of Rubenstein Technology Group, Inc.

Jaron Rubenstein is an accomplished technical author and the President of Rubenstein Technology Group which has helped Arts to Grow by hosting ATG’s start-up website since December 2005. In early 2007, Rubenstein Technology further helped ATG by bringing the newly designed and developed ATG website to life. ATG’s website is supported by the Ruby Business Platform, a user-friendly content management system that ATG is able to maintain in-house. Rubenstein Technology works with companies to implement their creative vision through website management, e-mail marketing, and e-commerce software. You can visit their website at:

It took a great deal of hard work and effort on the part of Jaron and the Rubenstein Technology team to make the dream of the ATG website a reality. We express our profound thanks to Jaron and look forward to our continued relationship with Rubenstein Technology!

Arts to Grow In-Kind Wish List:

  • PC Laptop Computer
  • Laser Printer
  • Digital Camera
  • Photo Quality Printer
  • Quality Office Chairs (2)
  • Photoshop Software
  • Adobe Acrobat Software
  • Filing Cabinets

Thank you for your interest and support.  We welcome your feedback and comments.  Arts to Grow’s success depends on the involvement of supporters, partners and friends.  We couldn’t do it without you.


Warm regards,

Mallory King

Founder/Executive Director

Arts to Grow

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