Our first ever ASTEP & Friends Gala at 54Below on April 23, 2018was a heartwarming and invigorating reminder that the arts is a valued part of the world we live in — and most importantly, you agree that it belongs in the hands of every child.
Thanks to the passion, thoughtfulness and commitment of everyone involved, we raised over $91,000, and we could not be more humbled and proud.
This generosity will allow ASTEP to “expand the reach of our arms”, as Georgia Stitt so eloquently said.
ASTEP is an organization that is only as strong as its community. After last night, we are feeling pretty invincible and excited to get to work.
JOIN MARY-MITCHELL CAMPBELL AND ALL HER FRIENDS FROM BROADWAY AS THEY COME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE ASTEP!
APRIL 23, 2018
8:00PM Show, 7:15PM Doors Open
Artists Striving to End Poverty, founded by Mary-Mitchell Campbell 11 years ago, hosts its inaugural benefit concert and dinner with a one night only event! Intimate, engaging and sure to tug at your heart strings, come celebrate ASTEP and the art that it brings to deeply underserved communities around the world and right here in NYC. All proceeds benefit ASTEP, which trains volunteer artists to deliver arts programs for children, regardless of their backgrounds.
Join Mary-Mitchell as she invites her friends onstage to talk about their work with ASTEP, sing a little ditty or two, and honor all the people who make ASTEP possible.
Sean Green Jr.
Featuring an original script and Broadway composed music, The Maya Musical has been a life-changing experience for the 100 low-income students involved. Maya, a partnership between ASTEP and Teach for India, tells the story of Princess Maya’s journey. Tasked to bring light back into her Kingdom, Maya and her friends use the values of courage, compassion and wisdom to lift 3 curses that have been cast on the world.
Like Maya, these children have discovered their brightest light. Thanks to an extensive team of dedicated ASTEP Volunteer Artists, Teach for India staff and scores of supporters, the show opened this month to thunderous applause.
“Maya gives me the power to live my life.
Maya is an inspiration that helps me to help others.
Maya is a song that encourages me to sing out my own voice.”
– Priyanka, 14 years old
The list of individuals who helped make this possible is inspiring!
From the ASTEP Team:
Allison Gibbons, Andrea DeLonis, Anna Jacobs, Asavari Thatte, August Eriksmoen, Ben Campbell, Callie Tepper, Charlie Sohne, Christopher Behmke, Cicily Daniels, Coty Cockrell, Danielle Mooney, David Goldsmith, Elle Sullivan, Enrico De Trizio, Francesca Betancourt, Garen McRoberts, George Abud, Georgia Stitt, James Sasser, Jane Pfitsch, Jay Mack, Jeremy King, Julianne Merrill, Kelcie Miles, Kendal Sparks, Lotte Crayton, Lynne Shankel, Maggie McNeill, Martyn Axe, Michael Sample, Michael Shawn Lewis, Natalie Silverlieb, Nick Dalton, Nieva Acoba, Paul Loesel, Rona Siddiqui, Russ Kaplan, Sam Davis, Sara Wordsworth, Shannon O’Bryan, Taylor Williams, Tim Rosser, Tony Fuemmeler, Trent Jeffords, Tricia Berry, and Wendy Wheeler