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Dear Friend,

As 2017 draws to a close, we are celebrating all the growth we’ve seen in our Creative Art Works kids this past year. We are also grateful for the supporters who continue to invest in creative youth development and make our work possible – because an investment in our young people is an investment in our future.

As CAW kids grow as artists, they develop confidence, critical thinking, collaborative skills and pride that serve them in every undertaking. We also offer our kids a safe place for exploration and self-expression. Who among us doesn’t need to carve out moments for joy, passion, and inspiration?

These opportunities are crucial to developing creative, resilient young people who can design their own futures – and this wouldn’t be possible without the vital support of our donors! Can we count on you to make a year-end contribution to Creative Art Works? Your donation will help us sustain dynamic arts programming for thousands of deserving NYC youth in the coming year.

In Fiscal Year 2017, with the support of people like you, Creative Art Works provided:

  • Nearly 200 youth apprentices with enhanced life and career skills through our Public Art Youth Employment program
  • Over 350 NYC public school students in our in-school programs with hundreds of classes, bringing a new dimension to their studies in the humanities and sciences as well as the arts
  • Thousands of children and their family members with art-making activities at a dozen public events with community partners
  • More than 850 young people with enriching, extended workshops during the out-of-school-time hours. We bring these after-school and Saturday programs directly to youth where they live and study – to NYC public schools, community and cultural centers, and to foster care placement and and juvenile detention facilities serving our city's most vulnerable youth.

Won’t you help us provide NYC youth with more opportunities for creative exploration, pride and joy in the new year and beyond?


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Brian Ricklin

Executive Director