To nurture and support underserved youth through art education. With individual attention, adaptive programming, and an emphasis on imagination, we use art to inspire and lift the self-esteem of our youth.
There are so many kids that are homeless right now, and there are so many creative people in New York. These kids could greatly benefit from your help.
What’s a volunteer to do when the program they’re involved in gets dissolved? Create their own. That’s exactly what one volunteer and a homeless shelter staffer did when a children’s art education program ended, they called their new program Apple Arts.
In 2007 the two created a whole organization dedicated to serving children who are living in homeless shelters. These children are especially susceptible to having low self-esteem because of the environment they are growing up in, and art is a great way to teach them to value themselves.
Apple Arts currently runs programs in three New York City shelters, serving children between six and twelve years old. Each six-week program is taught by a visiting artist and focuses on a single theme that correlates to
their specialty. Programs run consecutively from September through June, so themes and activities vary throughout the year. Each theme allows children to explore many mediums and can range from learning how to do henna to making artistic videos. Currently Apple Arts is partnering with an advertising agency to teach the children how to make commercials. The children make up a product and make a commercial any way they want. This program teaches children the artistic skills behind making the commercials they see everyday, and is a great way to introduce the children to different artistic career paths.
The amount of one-on-one attention children receive throughout the class is one of the best features of the program. This requires a lot of volunteers for each class, as Apple Arts tries to partner up a volunteer with each child.
This extra attention lets the child get positive feedback and encouragement and is just what the children need to raise their self-esteem.
Apple Arts has been working to bring art to homeless children in New York City to help raise their self-esteem and confidence. Their art education programs inside of city homeless shelters shed a positive light on children, giving them an environment where they can learn to express themselves creatively.
Apple Arts works to bring art to homeless children in New York City to help raise their self-esteem and confidence. Their art education programs inside of city homeless shelters shed a positive light on children, giving them an environment where they can learn to express themselves creatively.
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