As the summer winds down and a year of wonder and possibilities begin for our community’s children, join us in impacting the lives of some special young people experiencing homelessness this school year. DONATE.

"NYC reached a grim new milestone at the close of 2017: an average of 63,495 men, women, and children slept in City homeless shelters each night – an all-time record. Three-quarters of New Yorkers sleeping in shelters are members of homeless families, including 23,600 children. A wealth of research confirms that homeless children perform worse on measures of academic achievement than their permanently housed peers and are also more likely to experience health problems and developmental delays. Nearly one in five homeless parents today was homeless as a child – and last year, more than 110,000 NYC students were homeless at some point." - Coalition for the Homeless' State of Homelessness 2018 report

For 28 years, Art Start's Creative Collectives have been artistic spaces cultivated within residences for families experiencing homelessness. Today we're asking you to join our support network for a South Bronx transitional housing residence where we've held creative space for five years strong, five days per week, during critical after-school hours.

The average length of stay in a shelter for a youth and their family now exceeds 14 months. Our Creative Collectives meet 5-days per week, including STEM-Literacy, homework help, creative and culinary arts, food justice and leadership development programming. That's 900 hours of free, consistent, creative space to grow, imagine, heal, explore and be seen with their Art Start family. Together we can reach our goal of $15,000 to keep our Creative Collectives going strong for the 2019-2020 school year.

Make a one-time donation today. It's tax-deductible.

Metronome, a group of Art Start supporters who invest monthly to ensure that we never miss a beat. A larger donation can be broken down into monthly gifts. Can you give $20 per month for the next school year? Click DONATE and select "monthly" to join Metronome.