Breaking News: ASTEP responsible for rapid and widespread arts epidemic


BREAKING NEWS: In classrooms all around the world, a powerful epidemic is spreading rapidly at an unprecedented rate. ASTEP Volunteer Teaching Artists, staff, and supporters are single-handedly responsible for spreading the arts to almost 4,000 students just last year alone. Reporters embedded within ASTEP say they’re just getting started and won’t stop until every kid on the planet grows up with meaningful access to the arts. If ASTEP receives the support it’s looking for, there might come a day when no kid on the planet will be safe from the life-altering effects…of art.

We caught the bug, now help us spread it!
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The Colors of Summer


Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $20,000 in just 2 weeks!

This summer, ASTEP is giving 1,267 students the opportunity to express their voices and explore their creativity through music, dance, storytelling, visual arts, filmmaking and creative writing.

ASTEP has been delivering the transformative power of the arts for the past 13 years, led by 1,314 Volunteer Teaching Artists who have served 15,548 young people in the U.S., Central and South America, India, and South Africa.

Wherever there’s a child growing up without meaningful exposure to the arts, ASTEP is there.

 Thanks to your generous support throughout our Colors of Summer campaign,
we are able to continue this dynamic work.

Because of YOU, our dedicated supporters, we are building an engaged community in which all of our students can learn and grow, regardless of personal circumstances, such as homelessness, immigration status, involvement in the justice system, or HIV/AIDS.

Thank you for giving our students a summer of COLOR and CREATIVITY!

‘Tis the season for ASTEP’s benefit concert

300_nychristmas_hi-resIt’s that time of year to kick off the holiday season with the 8th Annual New York City Christmas: A Concert to Benefit ASTEP!

Conceived, produced and music directed by Drama Desk-nominated orchestrator Lynne Shankel (Cry-Baby, Altar Boyz, Allegiance), the evening will feature Broadway’s most sought-after talent singing fresh, original approaches—pop, soul, R&B, rock and more—of holiday songs off ‘New York City Christmas’ the album, available for purchase at the concert.

Date: Mon December 12
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre

Tickets are on sale NOW!
$75 for regular tickets
$100 for premium tickets

The concert will again boast an incredible line-up of artists, including Kate Baldwin (Big Fish, Finian’s Rainbow) Sierra Boggess (School of Rock, The Little Mermaid), Chester Gregory (Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Hairspray), David Josefsberg (Honeymoon In Vegas, The Wedding Singer, Altar Boyz), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture), Derek Klena (Wicked, Carrie), Kenita Miller (Merrily We Roll Along, Ragtime), Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening), Kay Trinidad (The Little Mermaid, Bare), Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town, Million Dollar Quartet, Company), recording artist Anya Singleton, Helen White and many more. The concert will be directed by Stafford Arima (Allegiance, Bare: The Musical, Carrie).

Also appearing will be musicians Shankel (on piano), Joe Mowatt (drums/percussion), Randy Landau (bass), Peter Calo (guitar), Jim Hershman (guitars), Max Mosten (violin), Summer Boggess (cello), Colin Brigstocke (trumpet), Scott Kreitzer (saxophone) and Jeff Schiller (saxophone).

ALL proceeds from tickets to the show and album sales will support ASTEP’s mission of connecting performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world. Together, we give kids access to the transforming power of the arts!

Guess who’s celebrating a birthday? #10for10


The next ten days are going to be exciting for us.

That’s because ten years ago, a little organization called ASTEP was born.

Today, ASTEP puts diverse artists in classrooms around the world to share their passion with underserved kids.

I am proud to celebrate this milestone with ASTEP’s community who believes the arts can create a safe space for a child to thrive and grow. Coming together to support this belief is what the #10for10 Campaign is all about.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 in 10 days through $10 and $100 donations from
June 20 – June 29, 2016.

Join us by giving today to make our next 10 years even brighter. DONATE NOW!

Need a holiday gift? Purchase two new releases in support of ASTEP!

Makes for a great stocking stuffer!

Available for purchase on iTunes!

Two new special releases are also available for purchase: ”I Got All I Need (This Christmas)” an original song written by Lynne Shankel and Jon Hartmere sung by Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture) and Derek Klena (The Bridges of Madison County, Wicked, Carrie, Dogfight) and a hip-hop version of “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” (music by Shankel) sung by Aurelia Williams (Sistas, The Musical, Papermill’s Once On This Island), Kenita Miller (Merrily We Roll Along, Ragtime) and Kay Trinidad (The Little Mermaid, Bare) based on the traditional poem. The two songs were recorded on Yellow Sound Label are available on iTunes and wherever digital music is sold. All proceeds go to benefit ASTEP.


New York City Christmas: A Benefit Album for ASTEP, on the Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight label, is a special labor of love created by the incomparable music director, orchestrator and arranger Lynne Shankel (Bare, Altar Boyz, Cry-Baby, Summer of ’42, Paper Mill’s Once On This Island). Over the years, in several venues in Manhattan, Lynne brought together some of the best musicians and singers in the Broadway community, including Tony Nominee Raul Esparza (Company, Speed the Plow), Tony nominee Orfeh (Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever), Sierra Boggess (Love Never Dies, Master Class, The Little Mermaid), Chester Gregory (Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Cry-Baby), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture), Andy Karl (Wicked, Altar Boyz, 9 to 5), Sally Wilfert (Make Me A Song, Assassins, Tom Sawyer), recording artist Anya Singleton, David Josefsberg (The Wedding Singer, Altar Boyz), Tony nominee and “American Idol” star Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), Drama Desk nominee Tyler Maynard (Altar Boyz, Mamma Mia) and many more!

All proceeds go to benefit ASTEP. The album is available for purchase through iTunes,, and

This is Thanuja (reason #11)


“I would love to be a giraffe because I would be tall and I love being tall! You can see so many things.”

Thanuja* grows, dreams, and creates with ASTEP.
Help her continue to see her full potential.
Give the gift of the arts.
* This is Thanuja (reason #11).
Learn more about her and many of the children we work with by following @ASTEPonline 
on facebook / instagram / twitter. 

A new Student Chapter opens at Temple University

Temple Student Chapter

ASTEP@Temple University Co-Presidents Linnell Truchon and Anna Snapp


We welcome the newest ASTEP Student Chapter which has formed at Temple University. Led by Co-Presidents Linnell Truchon and Anna Snapp, the chapter hopes to visit various local schools and host a series of arts workshops that connect with a show that is being performed either at their school or at Temple University. They plan to establish this as a continual program to develop a strong relationship with the students so that they are further encouraged to engage with the arts. They also aim to create a partnering program for parents so that the creative exploration and subsequent conversations can continue in the home.

Exciting and inspiring work — welcome to the ASTEP Community!

Children’s book proceeds to benefit ASTEP — great gift idea!

Congratulations to ASTEP Supporter, Karina Medina, who recently published her first children’s book! Karina works with us through our Creative Arts at PS199 program, and her book, which focuses on a child  forced to leave his home and then emigrates to NYC, was inspired through her experiences working with the same population of immigrant/refugee children that we work with. It’s beautifully written and illustrated, and the story is being used in our after-school classes to engage our students in discussing their own journeys to the U.S.

The book launch is scheduled for May 5, 2013 at The Museum of Tolerance New York from 11:30am-1:30pm, free admission.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to support ASTEP — thank you, Karina, for your tireless support of the children we work with at PS199 in Queens!

The eBook version is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Print version is available through the Xlibris.

We encourage you to buy a copy — a great gift idea for the young ones in your life!