BENEFITING: Thrive Collective (aka 20/20 Vision For Schools)
In NYC, only 1 in 4 graduates are ready for college and/or careers even though we promise our kids that through education they will open up pathways out of poverty. Empty promises plus a lack of opportunities breeds hopelessness and despair. If 3 out of 4 promises are broken, it's time for a change. Currently, there are 419 public schools in NYC’s poorest neighborhoods that lack art teachers of any kind. No visual or performing arts. No music or film. Yet NYC is considered the Art Capital of the World. "The sad reality is that these reductions have fallen disproportionately on the City's lower income neighborhoods." -NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer (2014) Art empowers us to create lives worth living. Art education restores the power of choice. Every student is an artist because every student must create a life. We are Thrive Collective and our mission is to create hope and opportunity through arts and mentoring in NYC public schools to help students mold their life stories. Join us as we help teach 1.1 million NYC public school students to live great stories. Your investments support local artists and mentors in classrooms as teaching artists and art directors collaboratively creating public art with students. Help us Bring Art Back to our most vulnerable students because great stories demand sequels.