Newsletter Issue 6


Arts to Grow Newsbrief – Issue #6

June 25, 2007


Dear Friends of Arts to Grow:

We’ve just completed our spring programs and have a lot to share with you as we look forward to a busy fall season.

Arts to Grow Featured Live on Sirus Radio

Arts to Grow was a featured guest on Karen Salmansohn’s radio show BE HAPPY DAMMIT on Sirus Radio Lime 114 on Wednesday, June 6.  The 11 minute segment was broadcast live at 8:00am. In the near future you’ll be able to listen to the segment on our website. Stay tuned!  Interested in more information on the radio show, and host Karen Salmansohn, check out her site at:

Students’ Spring Culminating Events

Our students express their inner artists and share their creativity with family and friends in each program’s culminating event. Our most recent events were:

May 2007: Elysian Charter School

Teaching Artist: Patricia Runcie
Off the Page and Onto the Stage  (Grades 3-6)
Our acting ensemble performed their work in front their classmates not once, but four times in a row, to accommodate the entire school K-8.

May 2007: Queens Community House School

Teaching Artist: Patricia Runcie
Theater Workshop I (Grades 4-6)
In our newest pilot program, students pulled together to learn and showcase a wonderful, brief adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Proud Little Apple Blossom, to an audience of friends and family.

June 2007: Future Leaders Institute

Teaching Artists: Vicki Fremont
African Arts (Grade 4)
Students mounted a beautiful art exhibit of their original puppets, masks, and picture frames, showing off their creative talents at the school’s year-end celebration of the arts.

June 2007: Mott Hall II

Teaching Artist: Lauren Cavanaugh
A Capella Singing Group (Grades 6-7).
An all girls group formed an harmonious ensemble that showcased a medley featuring “Lean On Me”, “Keep Holding On”, and an original piece based on music by John Mayer: “Waiting for the Kids to Rule”. The ensemble performed for a school-wide Talent Show.

ATG’s Welcomes a New Program Partner: Queens Community House

Queens Community House (QCH) After School Program in Forest Hills Queens joined our growing roster of partners this spring. We kicked off a pilot program in March with Theatre Workshop I for kids in grades 4-5 led by our veteran teaching artist Patricia Runcie. With just five weeks to work together, the team at QCH proved to be a wonderful partner. QCH staff created beautiful costumes for our play and organized a lovely event showcasing the student’s artistic work for the entire community complete with a catered dinner!

Strategic Plan Is Set In Motion

Dan Kaslow, President of MarketFocus, a marketing consulting firm in Maplewood, New Jersey, with extensive experience in working with nonprofit arts  groups, learned about ATG online at BoardNet USA. Since February, Dan has been donating his services pro-bono helping develop a three year strategic plan for ATG which focuses on creating a sustainable base of financial support and a framework for building new program partnerships. Dan’s community outreach efforts have already resulted in Arts to Grow being chosen to receive 60% of the proceeds from the annual student art show this month at Geralyn’s Art Studio in Maplewood, NJ. Thanks Dan and Geralyn.

New Print Materials

Arts to Grow will expand our print and presentation materials thanks to Beneville Studios and Digital Plus. Creative Director, Camille Purdy and President, Michael Beneville of Beneville Studios have began a pro-bono project creating pitch materials and props to help potential funders visualize Arts to Grow’s mission, and the impact we have on the youth we serve. The visuals will include an accordion-style brochure with alternating photographs and text, and a set of presentation cards outlining ways potential sponsors can help Arts to Grow serve more kids. Beneville Studios can be reached at:   Owner, George Uenishi of Digital  Plus will print the materials pro-bono and can be reached at:

Welcoming Our First Interns

Kimberly Olstad, Marketing/ Development Intern

As a graduate student at New York University’s Performing Arts Administration Program, Kim chose to intern at Arts to Grow as part of her required curriculum. During the winter/spring semester, Kim made a host of valuable contributions.  Her projects included development research of individuals using Crain’s 40 under 40 lists, writing and producing email new briefs, assisting with the launch of our new website, and managing website updates.  Kim continues to work on drafting ATG’s first common proposal grant which will request specific project funding from targeted foundations.

Charles Steinberg, Program Intern

A graduate of Edinburgh University and Oberlin College, Charles joined ATG in late January. Charles has made important contributions in his work identifying and recruiting future teaching artists and outreaching to potential new program partners. He has also built sets for students’ culminating events, employed his skills as a photographer of ATG classes, and participated in our program documentation and evaluation project as a site observer.

Building Community

Arts to Grow has been discussing a potential three-way partnership with the Jersey City Museum and Elysian Charter School which would serve 145 students representing 19 school districts in northern New Jersey. The program, titled “The Museum as MUSE,” would be multidisciplinary, incorporating museum studies as a jumping off point for a select group of students to create an original visual arts inspired theater piece. Students will then showcase their work to the community on the stage of Jersey City Museum’s beautiful 150 seat theater. If you are interested in sponsoring this program please contact Mallory King.


Thank you for your interest and support. Our success depends on the involvement of supporters, partners, and friends. We couldn’t do it without you.

Warm regards,


Founder/Executive Director

Arts to Grow

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