Please join us this Thursday, May 21st at Pera Soho for an End of the Year Celebration and Fundraiser, to wrap up the school year as well as celebrate all of AFA’s accomplishments thus far!

Happy Hour specials will be available from 6-7pm at the bar, but we will be there until 9pm!

Complementary appetizers will be provided to guests in attendance

Alicia Marilyn Designs will be showcasing and selling her jewelry collection and giving 25% of proceeds to Arts For All. If you’re unable to attend in person, Alicia is donating 25% of online sales to us this week as well!

Pera Soho
54 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
Thursday, May 21st
6pm Sharp-9pm

Please invite friends and family, hope to see you there!

Thanks so much to everyone who attended our Annual Benefit Cabaret on Monday, April 13th at 42 West, especially to all the wonderful performers and Arts For All volunteers!  It was such a great evening.  There were wonderful performances by co-hosts, Alexander Gemignani, Steve Rosen, musical director and pianist, Tedd Firth and bassist Matt Aronoff , as well as Kate Baldwin, Elizabeth Stanley, Stanley Bahorek, Conor Ryan, Kristie Kerwin, Kalli Siringas, Erika Hennignsen and Mrs Smith. We are so grateful to everyone who donated their time to make this evening so special and such a success!

Here are a couple pictures from the evening courtesy of stellar Arts For All volunteer, Julie DeVito.

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We’re gathering some great items for the silent auction at this year’s benefit, including tickets to a Red Carpet Premier at Tribeca Film Festival 2016, a gift certificate to L’Artusi Restaurant, tickets to Frieze Art Fair 2015, a three month membership to Crunch Gym and more!

Bidding has already begun on select items on our online auction.
A more complete selection of items will be available at our silent auction at the benefit on April 13th.

Click here to view our online auction.

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This year’s benefit cabaret will be directed by Broadway veteran, Alexander Gemignani, and will feature a collection of Broadway’s best performers including Aaron Lazar, Kate Baldwin, Elizabeth Stanley, Jessica Grové, Stanley Bahorek, Kristie Kerwin, Conor Ryan, Kalli Siringas, Erika Henningsen and more. The show will be music directed by Tedd Firth and will feature Matt Aronoff on bass and Tedd Firth on piano.

All proceeds from the show will support Arts For All’s free arts workshops for under-served children.

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Benefit host, Steve Rosen

By Intern, Brennan O’Rourke

February 19, 2015

The excited voices of children ring out as they await their chance to perform onstage, making a lasting impression on my experiences with Arts For All. This past Wednesday, I had the privilege of assisting Lena Moy-Borgen with her first graders performance of the Paper Bag Princess in our Literacy Through the Arts program. The children worked to put on a fabulous production by creating their own sets and costumes while memorizing lines and performing in front of an audience of their peers.

The day began with a happy commotion, as the students were ready to perform what they had been practicing for weeks. The excitement in the air was palpable. The princesses got a chance to try on their paper bags, which caused a great deal of laughter as they slid the bags over their tiny bodies. The dragons put on their masks and assumed their characters. They had confidence and poise. The students took the stage one time for a final dress rehearsal before the performance to ensure that their show was engrained in their minds.

As I watched the dress rehearsal, I was impressed with their overall control and understanding of the piece that they were putting on. They stunned me with their excellence. After finishing the final dress rehearsal, it was time for the performance.

Backstage a group of girls became extremely giddy as the audience trickled into the auditorium. The cast grew anxious in anticipation of the performance.

What a mighty performance they put on! The princesses were stellar. They delivered their lines with strength and confidence, filling the entire theatre with sound. The dragons showed the audience a fierce intensity as they burned down the castle and acted their hearts out. We were impressed with how every student could be heard in the production. Not a single line passed that was too quiet — what an achievement!

The students benefited a great deal from this performance. Not only did they gain some self-confidence along the way, but they also learned verbal and reading skills as they memorized their lines for this performance. My experience with the LTA first graders was one that I will cherish forever.

Visual Artist, Erick Sanchez , is very generously fundraising for Arts For All this month. Every day this month, he will be posting a new painting on his  facebook page that he will sell for under $50. He’s donating 25% of each painting sold to Arts For All.
Check out his beautiful artwork here:  www.facebook.com/erick.sanchez 
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