Current Programming at Arts For All

By Julie DeVito, AFA Intern.

Arts For All spring programming has begun with exciting classes and workshops happening around New York City and in Chicago.

Literacy Through the Arts programming has already begun with Teaching Artists Lena Moy Borgen, Robin Cannon, Marissa Wolf, and Shawn Shafner.Lena’s LTA classes are currently doing a production of The Paper Bag Princess. They are making sets and costumes and will perform in front of their families and peers this month. After the performance, they will begin book-based projects based on Mo Willem’s Knuffle Bunny Too.

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Students in a recent LTA class.

At Arts For All Chicago, a creative writing program is underway at Hammond Elementary School, taught by Teaching Artist Stacey Hall.

In the fall, we were fortunate to host a haiku workshop thanks to a generous donation from Amy Losak. We will be continuing the visual arts and haiku program in the spring, taught by Teaching Artists Shawn Shafner and Vidho Lorville and will be adding a music and haiku workshop under teaching artists Darian Dauchan and Robin Cannon.


A example of student artwork from the Haiku and Visual Arts program.

This season we are thrilled to bring back some favorite programs. One program is “Step Right Up,” taught by artists Bonnie Pipkin and Mary Meyer,  where high school students will create an original performance piece including sets, costumes, scripts, marketing materials, and more! Teaching Artists Melissa Smith and Darian Dauchan will be doing a Creative Works program with New Alternatives for Children where students with disabilities too will create their own performance pieces. Teaching Artist Franklyn Strachan will also be teaching a film documentary course at Incarnation Children’s Center, a center for children living with HIV and AIDS.

We will also be continuing our Artistic Residency programs at PS69 in Staten Island, Weeksville Elementary in Brooklyn, PS 163 in the Bronx, Children’s Village in Westchester, and with SoBro in the Bronx.

Stay tuned to the blog for more in depth entries on our new programming, interviews with teaching artists, and more!

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