Through partnerships with numerous city-run and non-profit shelters, Art Start conducts creative arts workshops five days a week with homeless youth ages 5-18. From bucket drumming, building a 20- foot Chinese dragon, writing a song, choreographing a dance, painting a self-portrait or playing in a band, Art Start recognizes the obstacles keeping these youth from seeking out extracurricular outlets for their creative energy. Art Start brings our youth a unique formula that’s fluid and adaptive, yet focused and consistent.
Workshops are led by Art Start staff and a team of committed volunteers and focus on building trusting relationships with the youth. Art Start creates a safe and creative space inside the workshops while connecting them to new experiences outside the shelter.
In 2015, Art Start’s Homeless Youth Outreach Program operates inside of eight partnering NYC shelters and is made possible by: Variety the Children’s Charity of New York, Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.