AMG 2012 Grantees
Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA)− ARTogether ($10,000)
The Children’s Museum of the Arts is a state of the art museum facility that operates with the mission of extending the benefits of the arts to all children and their communities and to secure the future of the arts by inspiring and championing the next generation of artists and art lovers. The ARTogether program is a museum based family support program that aims to help families working to overcome histories and allegations of abuse to rebuild relationships through the use of hands on activities, interactive play, and the individualized guidance of a clinically trained art therapist. Grant funds will be used to support the salary of Amanda Talbot, the Fine Arts Senior Managing Teaching Artist, who will provide individualized guidance and support for participating families. Grant funds will also support a Cantonese speaking social worker or art therapist who will engage the Chinese families referred to the program.
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC)− Arts for Supportive Counseling ($10,000)
The Kingsbridge Heights Community Center was founded in 1947 to provide resources to the residents of the Northwest Bronx and enable them to live better lives. The Arts for Supportive Counseling program aims to provide a safe environment for youth to express themselves through dance, poetry, or literature. Grant funds will be used to support the salary of Sadie Mahoney, Director of Youth Services, as well as the resident poet and dance instructor so that disadvantaged youth are given an opportunity to channel negative feelings, explore creative skills, develop positive peer relationships, and receive counseling as a way to manifest new coping skills.
New York Center for Children (NYCC)− The Power of Art: Integrating Art Therapy Techniques
in Child Abuse Treatment ($10,000)
The New York Center for Children is an organization founded in 1995 to evaluate, treat and prevent child abuse. The The Power of Art program aims to equip the NYCC clinical staff with new techniques to facilitate the healing of children who have experienced the trauma of child abuse. Grant funds will be used for a certified art therapist to do trainings and consultations with the staff, and will support Dr. Edward Greenblatt, Director of Therapeutic Services, who will coordinate the training sessions. Through these sessions NYCC staff will be able to use art therapy techniques to help children develop better communication skills, self esteem, and understanding of their emotions.
Ready For Reading− Rwandan Music Program ($30,000)
Ready for Reading is an organization that has spent the past three years working to establish a library learning center in Rwinkwavu, an underserved rural area in Eastern Rwanda. Its mission is to develop programming to facilitate the acquisition of language, ICT skills, foster a culture of reading and provide access to global information. The Rwandan Music Program will aim to function as part of the learning community where local people are able to become educated about music, both modern and traditional and will develop a curriculum based on the desires and interests of the residents. Grant funds will be used in the initial phase of this project to build a room within the learning center dedicated specifically to the music program.