On November 29th, around 50 people gathered at Juke Bar in downtown NYC to raise money for Statement Arts, a non-profit dedicated to assisting students continue their arts education. Statement Arts hosts free summer programs for students grades 3 through 11 in Washington Heights to help them improve their artistic abilities including writing workshops, voice lessons and acting classes. At the end of the program, the students put on a free performance for friends & family. But the program doesn't end in the summer. For the high schoolers, Statement Arts offers a mentoring program with Morgan Stanley Bank and SAT prep classes. The organization also pays the college application fees of all of their students. So far, they have a 100% graduation & acceptance rate.
As a member of the Statement Arts Event Planning Committee, it was so rewarding to plan their first annual fundraiser to benefit their students college application process. This college-themed fundraiser raised enough money to pay for more than 20 college applications. Attendees rocked t-shirts from their alma matters and the university with the largest presence was rewarded with a holida-themed prize. The college theme was additionally represented with classic drinking games scattered around the bar.
To support Statement Arts, go to StatementArts.org/donate and make a donation to help these kids' futures.