Reaching for the Arts provides performing and visual arts programs and support to youths in the New York City area. Arts educators, administrators and parents within the community will foster, encourage and ensure that children who may not otherwise be exposed to arts are afforded the opportunity to excel in the visual and performing arts.
Develop the necessary skills in order to confidently compete against peers for placement(s) in prestigious specialized arts institutions of higher education and/or professional arts entities.
Experience the importance of giving back to the program by returning as alumni to mentor and support members of the community youth organization.
Engage their parents and/or community elders as resources to enhance the educational development of youth in the community.
Reaching for the Arts is committed to providing the requisite experiences needed to achieve our program goals. These include:
Utilizing the services of experienced musicians, visual artists and other professionals with proven success engaging middle school students
Developing relationships with community organizations, museums and other arts establishments.
Forming linkages with high schools focused on performing and visual arts.
Outreach to parents offering strategies for preparing younger students for careers in performing and visual arts.
Supporting students who are accepted into specialized arts high schools to have successful academic experiences.