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October 17, 2014

Arts For All and two of our teaching artists, Mélissa Smith and Franklyn Strachan, were recently mentioned in this article on

4 Ways to Foster Middle School Students’ Creativity

by Margot Carmichael Lester, Staples® Contributing Writer for

“Middle school can be a confusing and brutal time — it was for me, at least,” recalls Melissa Smith, a teaching artist with Arts for All in New York. “While you’re still a kid, your workload is increasing, you have to start thinking about your future, and to top it all off your body is changing! Woof!”

Having the right outlets can make all the difference during this overwhelming time. “Creative activities help middle schoolers explore their psyches and the deeper parts of themselves in a way rigid academia does not,” Smith says.

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Arts For All and teaching artist, Lena-Moy Borgen, were mentioned in another article on titled “Teaching Through Art and Activities in the K-5 Classroom.” Click here to read that article.


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