2017 EMERGING PERFORMING ARTIST / KEYA

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Keya, 18

From: Brooklyn, NY

Focus: Dance, Music, Theater

Keya is an 18 year old performing artist from Brooklyn. She dreams of being on Broadway: singing, acting and dancing, a triple threat. In the Art Start program, she looks forward to becoming a piano playing pro, meeting like minded people and developing a strong relationship with her mentor. Keya believes that for an artist, confidence and passion are key along with ensuring that whatever you’re doing is contributing to your own happiness.

2017 EMERGING SINGER & MUSICIAN / MIGOS

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Migos, 18

From: Brooklyn, NY

Focus: Music

Migos is a 17 year old singer and musician from Brooklyn. In Art Start’s Emerging Artist program, Migos is pursuing professional vocal lessons as well as guitar/ukulele instruction with his mentor. In the program, Migos has felt more motivated to write his own songs. Migos considers himself “the heart of Art Start” because “I always bring my energy and contagious laughter and I feel like once I start the party I keep it going.”  Migos hopes that when he leaves Art Start his creative presence will be remembered and he hopes that the program will open more creative doors for him.

2017, EMERGING VISUAL ARTIST NICO

Photo taken by Mauricio Quintero

Photo taken by Mauricio Quintero

 
Nico's painting titled  Building a Better New York     Description:   The illustration portrays the Empire State Building to represent "Building", a protractor to representthe letter "A", a whisk inside of a red velvet cake batter to represent "Better", and the Statue Of Liberty to represent "New York", even though the presence of the Empire State Building should already indicate that fact. Individuals should read this portrait from left to right in order to gain the insight of Building a Better New York. In addition, there's a street sign to represent which direction people can choose: the possibility of a good route, a bad route or perhaps a better route where the road splits up into two. Mr. Isaac is trying to demonstrate to the public of making a choice in which people can be impacted negatively or positively.

Nico's painting titled Building a Better New York

Description: The illustration portrays the Empire State Building to represent "Building", a protractor to representthe letter "A", a whisk inside of a red velvet cake batter to represent "Better", and the Statue Of Liberty to represent "New York", even though the presence of the Empire State Building should already indicate that fact. Individuals should read this portrait from left to right in order to gain the insight of Building a Better New York. In addition, there's a street sign to represent which direction people can choose: the possibility of a good route, a bad route or perhaps a better route where the road splits up into two. Mr. Isaac is trying to demonstrate to the public of making a choice in which people can be impacted negatively or positively.

Nico, 19 

From: Brooklyn, NY 

Focus: Painting and Mixed Media 

Nico is a 19 year old visual artist from Brooklyn. He studied art all his life in various programs. Throughout middle school he attended abstract and perspective drawing courses at Pratt Institute as well as a weekly visual arts course through Rush Kids at Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn. He is currently part of the mural program with Groundswell. Nico is passionate about all forms of art. In the program he plans to explore new mediums.  

 
Nico with his paintings at the Emerging Artists showcase. 

Nico with his paintings at the Emerging Artists showcase. 

2017 EMERGING PERFORMING ARTIST / GARIYANA

Photo taken by Canon

Photo taken by Canon

Gariyana, 19

From: Brooklyn

Focus: Acting, Music

Gariyana is a 19 year old performing artist from Brooklyn. She enjoys writing songs, singing and dancing. She prides herself in her ability to comfortably speak to and perform for large audiences. She credits this to her theater background. With Art Start she plans to continue developing her voice when it comes to both singing and songwriting whilst pursuing acting/improv classes. Aaliyah is her biggest inspiration because of the way she was able to inspire and touch so many people at such a young age.

 

2017 EMERGING M.C. VOCALIST & POET / CHRIS

Chris, 20

From: Bronx, NY

Focus: Rapper / Poet

Chris is a 20 year old rapper and spoken word artist from the Bronx. She is most inspired by Kendrick Lamar. At Art Start she is taking songwriting classes. She plans to begin recording the songs she creates and is eager to dabble in fine art and graphic design. 

Music Teaching Artist Wanted

Visit Idealist link to apply. 

DESCRIPTION

Music as Therapy Teaching Artist Position, Homeless Youth Outreach Program

Art Start seeks an enthusiastic, passionate and creative leader to head our Music as Therapy program at a South Bronx family shelter, as part of our School’s Out New York City (SONYC) afterschool program. The Music Teaching Artist reports to the Program Director and works closely with the Certified Music Therapist Consultant to run twice weekly music creation workshops with homeless youth ages 10-14. Experience teaching music to youth is required. Experience in Music Therapy is not required.

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Schedule:

August 28th, 2017- June 29th, 2018: Thursdays and Fridays, 3-6pm, with an additional 4 hours per week for curriculum and administrative reporting, which can be conducted remotely. 2.5 hour programming meeting with Teaching Artists and Music Therapist Consultant, once monthly. On occasion and with advanced notice, additional hours may be offered to take youth to performances or other outings related to music. This contract may be extended based upon satisfactory performance.

Mandatory Training August 11th 10-4pm in Chelsea

Location: South Bronx

Pay rate: $25/hour

Status: W2, hourly, Non-Exempt

RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. With the support of the Program Director and Music Therapist, effectively run twice-weekly music workshops. Workshops are conducted on site at a family homeless shelter each week.

3. Maintain open communication with Program Director and Music Therapist by attending monthly programming meeting.

4. Help manage all workshop supplies, including inventory, etc.

5. Successfully manage assessment tools of workshops to include evaluations and attendance.

7. Collaborate with Program Director to produce student showcases on-site for youth to exhibit their work to staff, friends or family.

 

QUALIFICATIONS STRONGLY DESIRED

  • Experience teaching music (piano, drums, guitar) to groups of youth.
  • A passion for music serving as a therapeutic release; excitement to learn about music therapy techniques.
  • Knowledge of writing, producing and recording music or willingness to learn new technology.
  • Education training or Degree in the arts, recording, education, social work, psychology, or youth development.
  • Active experience volunteering in the community, preferably with marginalized youth, ages 5-14, but all community volunteer experience relevant.
  • High level of professionalism and sound judgment
  • Extremely conscious of punctuality and advanced preparation
  • High levels of accountability.
  • Comfortable working independently.
  • High standards with regard to attention to detail & quality
  • Extremely trustworthy and reliable
  • Outgoing & proactive with youth

 

 

About Art Start

The purpose of Art Start is to nurture the voices, hearts and minds of New York City's marginalized youth by providing the resources and outlets for them to change their own lives through the creative process. Using a student-centered approach to arts education, Art Start instills in our youth the confidence to think critically, ask important questions, and pursue meaningful opportunities in life – against all odds. We use the creative process to achieve multiple categories of learning objectives. Our goal is personal development through the creative process, and we're also able to create workshops that help youth reach other life skill and social needs. Our past and present partners include: Episcopal Social Services, Department of Homeless Services, Homes for the Homeless, Inwood House, Nazareth Housing, Salvation Army Group Homes, Salvation Army Family Shelters, Markham Gardens, Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Service, and the Center for Community Alternatives.

 

The Art Start Model

Art Start uses a student-centered approach to education. Our workshops instill in

our youth the confidence to appreciate who they already are and recognize what they innately have to offer the world; then, to think critically, ask important questions, and pursue meaningful opportunities in life – against all odds.

 

Our creative workshops are structured to support consistency, build resilience, and provide direction to homeless and court-involved youth. Using art and music projects, workshops encourage personal development and focus on the outlet for expression. Youth are free to build trusting relationships with our teaching artists naturally, learning to open up and bond in ways not always supported through a traditional social service or education model. And because Art Start comes to the youth, both in terms of location and circumstance, we’re able to reach them despite the physical and psychological walls often existing that keep them closed off from the rest of the world. Though they face many obstacles, our youth have dreams that far surpass their circumstances. They yearn to be participants and make meaningful contributions. Art Start supports youth in thriving in their lives with confidence, creativity and hope, and in transforming a time of instability into a time for personal growth and development.

HOW TO APPLY

 

TO APPLY:

Please send the following items to Hannah Immerman / hannah@art-start.org

- Resume, Cover letter & Artist Bio, if available

- Two professional references in the field of arts, education or youth development

- Samples of music projects, video, artwork, if available.

 

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Spanish speaking a plus.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

None specified

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

No requirement

Art Start's 25 Years Celebration featuring 2017 Portrait Project

Nico by David Johnson, 2017

Nico by David Johnson, 2017

Art Start and Fast Ashleys Studios presents... Art Start’s 25 Years Celebration featuring the opening of the 2017 Portrait Project.

Thursday, June 22 at 6 PM - 10 PM

The Highline Loft 508 W 26th St, New York, New York 10001

$25 event pass (tax deductible)
RSVP @ my.art-start.org/25years

Family friendly event!

Sponsored by Canon, DCOY Studios, GersteinFisher, Stella Artois, and Huberts Lemonade.

Community, Art Start Family present and past, funders, community partners, neighbors - join us to celebrate a quarter century of Art Start! View full exhibition of Art Start's Portrait Projects 2013-2016 and the opening exhibition of the 2017 Portrait Project, dance and music performances by Art Start youth and graduates, live portraiture, creative art projects, Virtual Reality, videos, Silent Auction, Open Bar, Hors d'oervres, and fun swag!


2017 Portrait Project Portraits By: Natalie Brasington | Andrew Eccles | Heidi Gutman | Matt Hoyle | David Johnson Mary Ellen Matthews | Chris Randall | Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Event Photo: Nico by David Johnson, 2017
www.art-start.org/2017-portrait-project/


2016, EMERGING SINGER / REBEKKA

Rebekka Lewis, 21

Focus: Vocal Performance

Rebekka is an aspiring Singer/Songwriter who has been singing for as long as she can remember

With musical influences like Bruno Mars and Jhene Aiko, Rebekkah longs to make soulful music with meaningful messages.  She wants her music to be uplifting and inspire people to make it out of difficult times because that what music has been for her.  Life has deterred her a couple of times, but she is determined to pursue her passion for singing, and dedicating her time to learning how to enhance her technical skills in voice and performance.  

Rebbeka is hopeful that the program will provide her the structure to develop a more disciplined and solid work ethic.  


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2016, EMERGING ARTIST / SYDNEY

 

Sydney, 20 

Focus: Visual Arts

Sydney is  20 year old “artists artist.” She has been drawing, singing, dancing, acting and writing ever since she was child.  She realized in high school that art was her calling and explored the in’s and out of visual arts.

Sydney now draws all day and night. As a resident in EAR, she hopes to be exposed to it all; drawing, still life drawing, freelance painting, sculpting and even digital photography.  She believes that they would all help to expand her knowledge of more than one art form. It would give her extra skills to better enhance her own works originality.  

Sydney wants to share with the world, through her art work, all the pain, love, hate, stress, happiness, funny, dark, confused, beautiful and amazing times in her life. She wants to allow the world see her, through the canvas and accept it all, just as she has. One day, she would like to see her art work being hung in amazing exhibits, talked about, analyzed with such wonder and interest.

She expects the EAR program to help her network, provide her with opportunities to  give me work with upscale art companies and individuals, and help her grow personally to improve her talent.


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2016, EMERGING FILMMAKER / MELISSA

Melissa, Age 16

From: Bronx

Focus: Filmmaking

Melissa is a 16 year old aspiring filmmaker.  She first became interested in filmmaking after watching a special effects documentary of a horror film.  Her fascination with the filmmaking discipline has only grown since.  

Melissa hopes to be a make of all types of films and work both behind the camera and in the editing room as a videographer and director.  She hopes to create films that both entertain audiences and make political statements. Being someone with the desire to facilitate political awareness,  if Melissa were to have an opportunity to make a film now, it would be a film giving people insight into the real lives of politicians, mainly the President.  She also has interests in comedy and drama.

Melissa believes that perseverance, consistency and networking are the three most important factors that contribute to any artists success.  She expects the EAR residency to position her to lay a solid foundation for her career in filmmaking.


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MEET AYANNA

Back in high school, I was very involved with a local family shelter & in my senior year I developed an art class for parents & children living there. I was eager to continue the work when I came to college & Art Start gave me an opportunity to serve a community that I am passionate about.

Ayanna was raised in St. Mary, Jamaica and Snellville, Georgia before moving to New York City in 2010 to attend The New School for Anthropology and Contemporary Music. She currently works at the NYC Department of Education, and is planning to earn her Masters in Ethnomusicology. In 2012, she began volunteering with Art Start on the Hip-Hop teen night at LIFE. Since then, she has volunteered during music and art nights at both LIFE and now, the Bushwick Family Shelter. She has a passion for music, social justice, and creating accessible spaces for learning together. www.ayannaheaven.com


Favorite song to dance to (when nobody’s watching)!?

This one is really tough but I’ll give two: “(Not Just) Knee Deep” by the Funkadelics and recently, “Work” by Rihanna.
 

What do you do as a volunteer?

I currently volunteer on Thursday nights on the theater and music night with Nella. We have done so many fun projects with the kids, and I love getting creative with them every week. I am currently working with a small group to choreograph a dance to perform in a few weeks. It’s so much fun seeing all that they come up with when we are together on Thursdays.


What inspired you to get involved with bringing arts to underserved NYC youth?

I have always had a passion for the arts and education, so this was a perfect fit for me when I began volunteering in 2012. Back in high school, I was very involved with a local family shelter, and in my senior year I developed an art class for parents and children living there. I was eager to continue the work when I came to college, and Art Start gave me an opportunity to serve a community that I am passionate about.


Can you share a special moment you experienced during one of our workshops?

Every month we have a family night where we encourage family members to join us at workshop. A few months ago, we had just finished learning choreography to “Love On Top” and we decided to give families the opportunity to join in and perform the dance with our youth. Most of those in attendance were pretty shy, but we had one father who came and totally got down! He learned the choreography and nailed it during our performance. It is always fun to have parents in attendance, as they sometimes get to see a different side of their children in workshop. In this case, we got to see a different side of this parent, which was so funny and sweet to witness.


How has your time as a volunteer impacted you?

My time as a volunteer has been so formative, and my friends and family all know how important Art Start is to me. I have grown close to so many of the kids who attend the sessions, and it is always extremely bittersweet when they move out of the shelter. I have really learned to appreciate the time you have together with people, as it truly is fleeting. Every week that we have with the youth is important to cherish and to value. I wish them all the best as they move with their families, and I hope that our paths will cross again in the future.

 

Share a dream with us.

I dream of a society that allows all people to live their authentic lives free of hate and injustice. I dream of a people who understand their collective power, with the courage to speak their truth. Last, I dream of a world where we elevate the voice of our youth, and respect that they know best what they need to succeed.

MEET XIXI

Art is very much like a medicine to happiness, and for some people, it’s life changing, which is what I’ve learned through working with the kids at Art Start.

Xixi raised $200 through selling handmade bookmarksShe is 15-years old an aspiring artist who was born in Canada and moved to NYC in 2014. She has been drawing seriously for 3-years, playing piano for 10, and flute for 6. Xixi is also a volunteer at Art Start. instagram.com/_artistx


Share one of your proudest moments. 

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What drew you to Art Start? 

Xixi, you felt super passionate and became a fundraiser for Art Start... How did you inspire others to support your campaign?

Has your time at Art Start influenced you or your art in any way? How?

What do you LOVE to do in your spare time?

Can you share your favorite drawing with us?