Statement Arts to Rerun Successful College Prep Program for Needy New York City Kids

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New York City Non-Profit Launches IndieGoGo Campaign to Fund Summer Arts Program. All Kids from Last Summer's Program are Going to College.

Summer program in NYC to help needy kids.

The Statement Arts' College Preparatory Program

“There is a real need for a more focused, hands-on college preparation class for aspiring artists and musicians, especially for kids living at or below the poverty line."

New York City non-profit, Statement Arts will be repeating its incredibly successful College Preparatory Program, Empower Youth Through Performance. Started last summer, this program mentored under-served high school seniors with an eye towards the arts through the college application process. All of the kids enrolled in this program have been accepted into schools and most of them got substantial scholarships.

“I just found out that I got into F.I.T. and I got a full ride,” says Melissa Frias, “And it’s all thanks to my mentors at Statement Arts.”

Budget cuts in the New York City school system have left major holes in funding for music and arts programs. “There is a real need for a more focused, hands-on college preparation class for aspiring artists and musicians, especially for kids living at or below the poverty line. Many of our kids have to audition to get into the country’s best schools, yet they can’t afford private lessons or coaching to help them through this rigorous process” says, Liza Politi, Co-Founder, Statement Arts. “We’d like to see what we can do about leveling the playing field.”

Statement Arts will kick off its summer arts program with a fundraising appeal, and, will be launching an IndieGoGo Campaign. Crowdfunding and the internet are changing the way non-profits can ask for donations and it may be changing the face of philanthropy as we know it.

“This is an excellent way to reach a global community,” said Nicola Kinsella, Board Member, Statement Arts. “We have raised most of the money needed to run this program. We received a grant from the Rudin Foundation and another from the Columbia Medical Center Neighborhood Fund, but we are still a little short.”

Statement Arts has set a goal to raise an additional $8,500 to fund this program. The IndieGoGo fundraising campaign will run through June 29th. Go to the Statement Arts IndieGoGo campaign here:

Arts Program Got Its Start at Hell’s Kitchen High School

Statement Arts was started in 2003 as a volunteer-run performing arts enrichment program at a public high school in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. Since then, over 500 low-income teens, ages 14 to 18, have benefited by performing in plays, working on scene production and learning about the importance of teamwork, collaboration and commitment. Statement Arts’ students have been honored by The Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship Fund and participated at the Sundance Film Festival.


About Statement Arts
Statement Arts is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the creative visual & performing arts to underserved and/or low-income individuals. We channel creativity to educate, to enhance intellectual performance, to empower and guide, and to build self-esteem. Statement Arts is committed to giving our students an intercultural and interdisciplinary arts experience to which they do not have access. Statement Arts believes in the power of art to inspire social, cultural, and environmental education to further a legacy of responsible global citizenship. Statement Arts is located in Manhattan, NYC.        

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