About Us

At Artsmith we believe that every child, in spite of socio-economic status, should have access to the Arts.

New York City, one of the most racially diverse cities in the nation, has one of the most segregated public school systems when it comes to race and poverty. Children living in the city’s low-income neighborhoods, a significant amount in parts of the Bronx, have unequal access to the arts. In some areas, 42% of schools lack a certified arts teacher and nearly half lack both a certified arts teacher and a partnership with an arts or cultural organization.

Lack of access to the arts and arts education is not just a surface problem. 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.

Artsmith is non-profit organization that provides quality arts-centered programming to underserved Bronx youth from the ages of 6-18. Many studies supported by education scholars and policy-makers, show that the Arts is necessary for providing a well-rounded education. We use the Arts to counter the widening gap between the socioeconomically elite and the disadvantaged. At Artsmith we believe that every child, in spite of socio-economic status, should have access to the Arts.

Artsmith’s Core Principle:
Artsmith is built on the premise that the world is better served when all people have equal opportunities. Art, in all its forms, 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 unseen. The Arts can give a voice to the silenced. We want to help tomorrow’s leaders to find their voices and participate in the conversations that will shape their communities and the world.

Mission

To provide quality arts programming to young people from the Bronx that will enable them to learn about themselves, others, and the world around them; explore topics and issues that affect them as they age and mature; and inspire them to dream beyond the image that is often presented to them about who they will and can become.

Vision

Access to the arts for every young person so they can live enriched, fulfilled lives.

Our Board

Tricia R. Smith

President and Founder
Tricia Smith has spent the last ten years working in New York City as a ...

Robert Reeves

Board Secretary
Program Manager, Mission Systems and Training International Program Office
Lockheed Martin

Sarah Lum

Treasurer
Senior Analyst
City of New York's Office of Management and Budget

Our Volunteers

Mackenzie Clark

Education Site Coordinator
Mackenzie is an all around arts enthusiast and has always had a love for visual ...

Shannon McGinnis

Literary Arts Specialist
Having grown up in a family that valued the arts, Shannon has always been ...

Lorrie Hayman

Blogger
Lorrie Hayman is an adventure seeker and art lover. A history and dance ...

Georgia Schoonmaker

Blogger
Georgia grew up surrounded by art, with two very artistically skilled siblings, ...

Advisory Council

Natasha Bean

Advisory Council
Assistant Director, Client Relations - Office of Financial Aid
New York University

Lloyd Freeman

Advisory Council
Partner
Archer & Greiner P.C.

Jane Cheung

Advisory Council
Vice President of Programs
The Pablove Foundation

Volunteer

Volunteering is crucial to the success of any non-profit organization. At Artsmith, our volunteers supplement our efforts to make a difference in the lives of the young people we serve. Whether you're an artist who would like to lead a workshop, a professional who would like to lend your skills and expertise, looking to gain experience, or would simply like to give back to the community, our volunteer program is for you. Click here to submit a volunteer application and we'll contact you to discuss opportunities.

Join Our Board

We are looking for dedicated individuals to join our board of directors. Click here to find out more about the position and who we're looking for. Email us to receive a copy of the formal board application.

Apply For Programs

If you are a parent, teacher, or otherwise know a young person who would benefit from our programs, please invite them to find out more about us and apply. We can be reached at info@artsmith.org.

Donate or Partner with Us

Many public schools in the Bronx do not a partnership with any arts organizations. If you are an arts organization in New York City and would like to provide tickets to your programming for our students we would love to hear from you.

Monetary gifts from corporations, local businesses, and individuals are also welcome. Email us at info@artsmith.org to find out about corporate sponsorship opportunities.