Arts Horizons, one of the largest arts-in-education organizations in the New York/Metropolitan area, has been awarded a $25,000 grant for its ArtBeat program. ArtBeat brings teaching artists to work with young people ages 11 to 21, in four hospitals throughout New York City.
The one-year grant ensures that ArtBeat can continue to provide music and painting, drawing, quilt and mural-making to special education children hospitalized for orthopedic, psychiatric and other medical issues. The hospitals in the program are Kingsbrook Memorial and Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, Mount Sinai in Manhattan, and Bronx Lebanon Hospital in the Bronx.
“Our partnership with Hospital Schools is an exciting and unique collaboration that merges arts, health care and special education,” says Dena Malarek, Arts Horizons Director, Special Populations and NYC Residencies.
“By bringing professional artists into hospitals, we are helping patients at a critical time by sparking creativity, and supporting learning and healing. Beyond these documented benefits of arts in health care, it is the humanizing effect that arts can bring to an individual, family, and hospital community in the time of medical uncertainty, that is truly meaningful and important.”
The grant from The New York Community Trust is from the DeWitt Wallace Fund for Youth in The Trust. DeWitt and his wife founded Reader's Digest.
“We hope that this grant brings joy to a special community of young New Yorkers,” said Kerry McCarthy, program officer at The New York Community Trust. “Arts programming has transformational powers and is a vitally important part of the healing process.”
About The New York Community Trust
Through the generosity of New Yorkers, past and present, who contribute charitable funds, The New York Community Trust is able to make grants for a huge range of charitable activity so important to the well-being and vitality of New York City. The Trust is the City's community foundation, and is the largest private funder of City nonprofits. Since 1924, The Trust has helped make donors' charitable dreams come true by funding nonprofits that make New York City a vital and secure place. The Trust ended 2010 with assets of $1.9 billion in 2,000 charitable funds, and made grants totaling $141 million. For more information please visit http://www.nycommunitytrust.org.
About Arts Horizons
Arts Horizons, located in Englewood, NJ, is a premier arts-in-education, non-profit organization that reaches more than 250,000 children, teachers and parents a year throughout the New York/Metropolitan area, with vibrant school and community-based programs where children gain appreciation for the arts. Founded in 1978, Arts Horizons is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York and New Jersey State Councils on the Arts as well as numerous foundations, corporations and generous individuals. To learn more about Arts Horizons, or the Arts Horizons ArtBeat Program, please visit: www.artshorizons.org or contact Dena Malarek at [email protected] or call (201) 567-1766 Ext. 108.
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