How to Help Our Partners During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We are grateful to partner with social service organizations that serve communities throughout New York, the US, and around the world. During this global health crisis, we have been in close conversation with our partners, and have compiled a list of ways to help. Each partner serves a unique population, which means they each have unique needs. Here are some ways you can support our partners at this time:

Incarnation Children’s Center (New York, NY)
Buy an item off their Amazon Wishlist
Make a Donation

WIN (New York, NY)
Buy an item off their Amazon Wishlists, arranged by site

Abraham House (New York, NY)
Our partner, Abraham House, is in need of:
-Fresh produce + meat
-Food for their pantry
-Donations for cell phone service so families can stay connected to their social workers
Email for more info.

Safe Horizon (New York, NY)
Safe Horizon is sharing resources related to COVID-19 and domestic violence.

Lutheran Social Services of New York (New York, NY)
LSS is taking this time to celebrate the unsung heroes of their staff on social media.

Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project (Bangalore, India)
Contribute to SB’s COVID-19 Sustainability Fund.

This is a living post and we will continue to update it as we receive new information from our partners. We are grateful to team up with organizations that are so thoughtful in the ways they serve their communities, and we will continue to help in any way we can. We are in this together!


Urgent Update: These people could be anywhere in your community!


BREAKING NEWS: In the past year, ASTEP was responsible for arts programming for almost 4,000 students around the world, taught by over 200 Volunteer Teaching Artists. As we approach 2020, help us spread this powerful influenza to more children than ever before.

Give to ASTEP today.



Warning: Arts education is spreading across the globe!


BREAKING NEWS: Over 4,000 students have been affected by ASTEP’s arts programming in the last year. This means that children are gaining the tools they need to shape their own futures.

We’ve caught the bug- help us spread it by donating today.


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!
Donate to ASTEP



Get to know our new Development and Communications Manager, Dorienne “Dorie” Brown!

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to the newest member of the ASTEP staff, Dorienne “Dorie” Brown! Get to know Dorienne in the interview below:

Where did you grow up? Inglewood, California.

Where did you work before joining the ASTEP team? I have eight years of experience working with nonprofits. Prior to joining ASTEP I worked with a supportive housing organization assisting one of NYC’s most vulnerable populations move off the streets and one with life! Before that I worked with Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center, helping to produce the MAMA Festival (More Arts, More Alive Festival) and with the New York International Children’s Film Festival as a Development Assistant.

Have you been onsite with any ASTEP programs? Which ones? RYSA Graduation and ASTEP Circle of Support Carnival Day. Attending both of these events was incredible! It was exciting  to see the impact ASTEP has in the New York City community.

Did you have a background in the arts or teaching, when you started? My background is in the performing arts and working with arts organizations. I grew up doing theater. My experiences as a performer was instrumental in exposing me to different cultures.

What is the most challenging part of your work? I guess it would be explaining to people that development is not only about fundraising money but building long lasting relationships with donors who truly believe in the organization’s mission.

What is the most rewarding part of your work? Introducing the organization to new people. People are always amazed at how far ASTEP’s reach is. I love when they ask for more information on how they can become involved in supporting. I also love working with our volunteers.

What do you look forward to, each day, working at ASTEP? My ASTEP team! I love that my colleagues are so welcoming and we all are very passionate about the work we do.

What song best encapsulates your working personality? “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire. I grew up listening to this song and at every family function or party everyone was on the dance floor. It’s a happy song that brings people together. You can’t help but dance. It makes everyone feel good. That’s me at work! Upbeat, friendly and happy. We spend more time at work than with our families in some cases, so it’s important that my place of work is a happy place, at least 85% of the time.