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Empowering young new yorkers through art


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Empowering young new yorkers through art


Since 1986, we've been at the forefront of change within our urban community – empowering young people through arts programming that incorporates... 

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We put creative art to work, helping young people develop the personal and professional skills to meaningfully shape their futures for the better.

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What we believe


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What we believe


Engaging young people through art unlocks

creativity

Creativity allows them to express and trust themselves. It builds a spirit of inquiry and exploration.

With explorers’ spirits, they fall in love with learning.

Add caring and life skills, and they are empowered to take charge of their lives.

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The impact we have


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The impact we have


Fewer than 50% of NYC’s public schools offer the required arts programming that can make a real difference for children at risk. Very few families in Upper Manhattan communities are able to provide that programming on their own. Each year, we serve approximately 5,000 of those young people through art — both in and out of school.

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Participants come away loving art, loving learning, and realizing they’re not powerless but powerful beyond measure.

 

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They use their belief in themselves to flourish and improve their lives - to test better, engage in their education, graduate high school, and get jobs.

 

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They bring the power of public art to their communities and connect New York City’s diverse neighborhoods.

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Get involved


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Get involved


Creative Art Works efforts benefit our entire NYC community, addressing poverty, community development, waning arts education, and urban blight in our own back yard.

 

 

of our annual budget goes directly to program expenses. We keep our administrative costs low, so your contributions make an immediate impact for our kids. Thanks to you, a child who might spend her Saturday unattended could discover a life-changing love of design this weekend.


It’s about helping kids open up to art and other people. It teaches us to let people in and shows us responsibility, leadership, and working together. If we do that, we can really do something.
— Creative Art Works student