ARTS FOR ALL!
As an arts education program, serving mostly Black and Brown children in New York City, we know education and arts education plays a vital role in the pursuit of equity and social justice. Reaching for the Arts was founded because of the unequal access to quality arts programs due to socio-economic status across New York City, severely impacting the communities we serve. Our mission centers around combating these inequities as a result of generations of institutional oppression and discrimination.
RFA supports our communities and provides after-school arts programming to under-resourced schools. We believe providing access and quality education to all students is the key to creating long-term change.
During this time of a Global Pandemic, Reaching for the Arts is committed to providing all students with access to arts education. We are offering FREE online programs for any student who wishes to pursue the arts. We remain committed to our mission and to adapting our programs to best serve our students needs. We are proud of our students' passion for their dreams and to work alongside so many supporters and artists to build a more equitable world through the arts.
Students Accepted into Performance Arts and Specialty High Schools
3rd- 8th Grade
Cost to sponsor a child for a year of arts education
Why Arts Education?
Reaching for the Arts provides after-school arts education and programs to under-resources schools and communities that do not have adequate arts education programs. Arts education improves and supports academic achievement, self-confidence, motivation, and nurtures skills needed to help students thrive in the future. Arts education fosters students' passions and provides students with new challenges and opportunities.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Reaching for the Arts gave me an amazing opportunity to take free vocal lessons that helped prepare me for my performing arts high school auditions. To this day I am grateful to Reaching for the Arts for being one of the first programs that instilled determination and encouragement in me as a performer."
— Kiana M, RFA Alumni
LaGuardia High School
Manhattan School of Music
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