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A Note From Our President and Founder
The arts teach young people to express themselves while helping them build confidence, learn about teamwork and perseverance, and form social bonds. Art, in all its forms, also has an ability unmatched by other methods to allow people of all ages to develop empathy for others and to imagine the world in ways previously unforeseen.
A report by The Civil Rights Project draws a parallel between segregated education and unequal school success. Another report by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer shows that children living in the city’s low-income neighborhoods, a significant amount in parts of the Bronx, have unequal access to the arts. Exposure to and engagement in the arts is essential to preparing children of the lower classes to compete in the global economy of today and tomorrow.
Artsmith endeavors to provide quality arts programming to underserved young people from the Bronx. Artsmith is built on the premise that the world is better served by all people having equal opportunities, and will help the youth who are usually silenced find and use their voices to be part of the conversation that will shape the future of the world they live in. We invite you to join us in support of our mission!
Students in arts-integrated classrooms are more creative, positively challenged, and more engaged in their schoolwork than those not in arts-integrated classrooms. Find out why this student from Bronx High School of Science thinks art should be incorporated into their curriculum.
“Where you start in your life... does not dictate what the outcome of your life... is going to be.”
- Tyrese Gibson
“The role of art is to transform the viewer. Art is the best mechanism we have to understand what is real.”
- Milton Glaser
“The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.”
- Isaac Bashevis Singer
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
- Benjamin Franklin
“Artists have a unique power to change minds and attitudes and get us thinking and talking about what matters, and all of us in our own lives have the power to set an example. It's on us, all of us, to create a culture where all our young people can go as far as their talents and their dreams will take them.”
- Barack Obama
“There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
- Nelson Mandela
Early in August, hundreds of arts professionals flocked to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference. Go inside LEAD with our own Lisa Husseini as she shares her experience with us.