Art-in-Action 2015 – Magic: Creer para ver

This year’s Art-in-Action summer camp took place June 15 – July 10 for over 90 immigrant and migrant children living south of Miami. AIA enables these youth to build on their potential and become leaders in their community — as well as have an all-out fun time together!

A team of 9 ASTEP Volunteer Artists collaborated with 8 Local Artists to provide a diverse variety of classes in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and our newest culinary arts, which not only allowed the students to be creative with food preparation but taught healthy eating habits. In addition, AIA organized a Family Day, inviting parents to participate in programming alongside their children, which equaled lots of laughter and big smiles. The 4-week arts camp culminated in a performance for the entire community with over 150 people attending! This event not only highlighted the student’s work but also helped strengthen the community through creative and celebratory events in a safe space.

Thank you to the incomparable team of Volunteer Artists who made this all possible: Devon Fitol, Raymundo Gutierrez, Cris Akeroyd, Halle Townes, Janilka Serrano, Tiffany Ramos, Aaron Anthon, Allyse Corbin, led by ASTEP’s Director of Programs and Evaluation, Lizzy Rainer

 

 

Art-in-Action 2014 Camp Blog!

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Hey everyone!

Welcome to our Arts-in-Action 2014 camp blog!

Led by a team of 14 Volunteer Artists, ASTEP and our partner, enFAMILIA, are in the middle of Art-in-Action, a 5-week arts camp that brings a dynamic visual and performing arts experience to over 100 youth from the immigrant and migrant communities of Deep South Miami-Dade. Art-in-Action is all about providing a safe space for high school and middle school youth so they can come together to create, develop artistic skills, and grow personally and emotionally.

Students sign up for a variety of classes, including Music, Drama, Dance, Visual Art, and Musical Theater. A few of the elective classes that were offered featured Screen Printing, Clowning, Poetry, and Breakdancing. Stay tuned for weekly updates full of photos, videos, and testimonials!

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Week 3

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Week 4

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** None of this would be possible without the dedication and talent of our amazing Volunteer Artist Team:

Aaron Anthon (Visual Art), Cessa Betancourt (Dance), Elise Conklin (Music), Laura Estep (Events Coordinator), Devon Fitol (Dance), Allison Gibbons (Dance), Raymundo Gutierrez (Music), Kelcie Miles (Theatre), Tiffany Ramos (Visual Art), Ximena Salgado (Assistant Program Facilitator), Damian Santamaria (Visual Art), Linnell Truchon (Theatre), Blake Wales (Theatre), and Andre Webb (Music).


Also, a BIG thank you to all of our supporters and donors, especially Southwest Airlines, which directly supported the 2014 Art-in-Action Summer Camp!

  Southwest Airlines is proud to be a partner of ASTEP. At Southwest Airlines we strive to make a positive difference in the communities we serve.”


Seeking Volunteers for Art-in-Action Summer Camp!

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Are you a visual artist with a heart for changing lives?

ASTEP is currently recruiting 2 visual artists to teach at the Art-In-Action Summer Camp in sunny South Florida. The volunteer teaching artists will work collaboratively with 12 other teaching artists to facilitate a life changing experience for 100 youth from farm-working families.

  • Room, meals and stipend provided
  • Artists must enjoy thinking outside the box, working with others, and warm weather!
  • The program runs from June 7-July 20

Fill out our inquiry form to learn more!

Want to find out more about Art-in-Action and our partnership with enFAMILIA?

Check out our blog from Art-in-Action 2013!









ASTEP student Josh Flores describes his transformation through the arts!

Every year, ASTEP artists head to South Florida for the Arts-in-Action Summer Camp. Every year for the past four years, student Josh Flores has participated at those camps.

ASTEP volunteer Samip Raval created this video to share Josh’s transformative journey with all of us.

Experience Josh's Story here!

Josh is just one of many students whose lives have been transformed by the arts. We can’t wait to see where he will go from here!

Art-in-Action 2013 Camp Blog!

Hey everyone!

Welcome to our Arts-in-Action 2013 camp blog!

Led by a team of 21 Volunteer Artists, ASTEP and our partner, enFAMILIA, delivered Art-in-Action, a 6-week arts camp that brought a dynamic visual and performing arts experience to 120 youth from the immigrant and migrant communities of Deep South Miami-Dade. Art-in-Action is all about providing a safe space for high school and middle school youth so they can come together to create, develop artistic skills, and grow personally and emotionally.

Students signed up for a variety of classes, including Music, Drama, Dance, Visual Art, and Musical Theater. A few of the elective classes that were offered featured Screen Printing, Clowning, Poetry, and Breakdancing. Enjoy the photos, videos, and testimonials!

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Week 1

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** None of this would be possible without dedication and talent of our amazing Volunteer Artist Team: Linnell Truchon (Theatre), Maria Arvanitakis (Theatre), Kelcie Miles (Theatre), Bronte Velez (Dance), Lili Froehlich (Dance), Kentaley McCurdy (Dance), Jess Bush (Music), Elise Conklin (Music), Luz De La Cruz (Music), Vera Johnson (Visual Art), Khaled Hassan (Visual Art), Emma Johnson (Visual Art), Sebastian Acosta (Culinary Arts), Samip Raval (Guest Artist), Andrew Cohen (Guest Artist), Oscar Trujillo (Guest Artist), Brendan Spieth (Guest Artist), Kyle Netzeband (Guest Artist), Maria Avonce, (On-Site Administrator), Allison Gibbons (On-Site Administrator), Blake Wales (On-Site Administrator), Abby Gerdts (ASTEP Program Director)

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Volunteer artists are the key to our success!

ASTEP is always looking for dedicated and passionate artists who want to use the arts to transform children’s lives. There are many ways for you to get involved!

So that you’re prepared, follow these simple steps:

    • Learn more about our volunteer programs by visiting Where We Work.

 

    • Then fill out an Inquiry Form. An ASTEP staff member will contact you to guide you through the application process.

 

 

  • Complete a General Volunteer Training session. Then receive your volunteer placement and be on your way to changing lives through the arts!

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Check out our current volunteer needs:

+ Join our team of volunteer artists for ASTEP on STAGE! in New York City

+ Volunteer with ASTEP’s new partnership with Teach for India in Pune, India 

+ Volunteer at Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in Bangalore, India 

+ Volunteer with ASTEP at Project CREO in Quito, Ecuador 

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“Working with ASTEP is truly invaluable—the feeling you get when you know you are simultaneously doing what you love while being able to help and inspire others is one that has only strengthened my connection to my art and my connection to the world.” — Renee Richard, Emerson College

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ASTEP Child Protection Policy ]

As a child-focused organization, ASTEP creates circumstances in which children and adults regularly come into contact with each other. To that end, our policy is intended to guide the organization and individuals associated with it (volunteers, staff members, board members, interns, partners, and others, hereafter referred to as associates) on appropriate interactions with children. The goal of this policy is to promote the safety and well-being of children participating in ASTEP programs and activities and to provide clear guidance to ASTEP associates on safer ways of working with children. We have a responsibility to promote the protection and safety of children while they are in contact with staff. A child or minor is defined as a person under 18 years of age.

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Volunteer with ASTEP! Current openings!

 

Check out our current volunteer needs:

+ Two dancers needed to join our Refugee Youth Summer Academy in NYC

+ A variety of artists needed at our Art-in-Action summer camp in South Florida


ASTEP is always looking for dedicated and passionate artists who want to use the arts to transform children’s lives. There are many ways for you to get involved!

So that you’re prepared, follow these simple steps:

  • Learn more about our volunteer programs by visiting Where We Work.
  • Then fill out an Inquiry Form. An ASTEP staff member will contact you to guide you through the application process.
  • When you’re ready, fill out our Volunteer Application and interview with a Program Director.
  • Complete a General Volunteer Training session. Then receive your volunteer placement and be on your way to changing lives through the arts!




“Working with ASTEP is truly invaluable—the feeling you get when you know you are simultaneously doing what you love while being able to help and inspire others is one that has only strengthened my connection to my art and my connection to the world.” — Renee Richard, Emerson College






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ASTEP Child Protection Policy ]

As a child-focused organization, ASTEP creates circumstances in which children and adults regularly come into contact with each other. To that end, our policy is intended to guide the organization and individuals associated with it (volunteers, staff members, board members, interns, partners, and others, hereafter referred to as associates) on appropriate interactions with children. The goal of this policy is to promote the safety and well-being of children participating in ASTEP programs and activities and to provide clear guidance to ASTEP associates on safer ways of working with children. We have a responsibility to promote the protection and safety of children while they are in contact with staff. A child or minor is defined as a person under 18 years of age.
 
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We stand with Malala Yousufzai.

They want to make their voices heard.

They want to stand with Malala Yousufzai.

The girls who participate in our programs coordinated efforts in support of Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist shot by the Taliban. Through conversations led by ASTEP Volunteer Artists, these students discussed the importance of girls education, a fundamental human right that should not be denied.

 

 

Making their voices heard.

Mauricio Salgado, ASTEP’s Director of Domestic Programs, has been leading arts programming in south Florida for over 10 years. Raised in Homestead, Florida, Mauricio has a deeply personal connection to the communities that we serve there. We’d like to share a letter he wrote to the editors of The Miami Herald advocating for efforts that prioritize poverty reduction, an issue that we champion.

 

 

 

 

Oct 31, 2012

Miami Herald
One Herald Plaza
Miami, Florida 33132-1693

Dear Miami Herald,

A month ago, several of my students witnessed a shooting at Benito Juarez Park during a birthday party. For a few of them, it was their first traumatic experience, but most live with circumstances where violence and trauma are prevalent.

The 2011 U.S. Census report declared that 46.2 million Americans are living at or below the poverty line right now. One in five children are living in poverty. The census also shows that the poverty level in the deep South Dade area has almost doubled in the past 6 years (from 13.8% to 28.4%).

Last summer, our partners in South Florida lost funding given the federal funding cuts to social services. Those cuts immediately affected our capacity to provide essential services in the development and protection of these young people. And unfortunately, neither our families or small businesses are in the position to pick up the slack.

The day after the shooting, I spent the afternoon in the hospital with one of the victims. She reflected that while participating in our summer program, she sees great hope in her generation. She experiences a unity that is uncommon given the diverse demographic. However, these acts of violence shake her confidence in her community. We need her to recover that hope.

I pray that our incoming officials reduce local and federal deficits without increasing poverty. Programs that protect low-income families keep millions of Americans from falling below the poverty line. We must protect these programs for the sake of our children.

Sincerely,

Mauricio Salgado
15551 SW 144th Terrace
Miami, FL 33196
(917) 312-2104

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