Volunteer opportunities in India

Dear Teaching Artists:

We are writing today to tell you about an international teaching opportunity available to you right now through our partnership with Teach for India! We’ve expanded our network of cities throughout India to include Bangalore, and we want to send some of our rockstar Teaching Artists to make a big impression!

With this program, Volunteer Artists are matched with TFI Teaching Fellows to focus on ways to incorporate the arts into their curriculum, such as using music to help teach fractions or using theater to help teach language arts. By sharing artistic tools to bolster classroom teaching, ASTEP shows the arts not only have the power to engage children but to excite them about learning.

ASTEP Volunteer Artists also have the opportunity to work with MAYA the MUSICAL during their time at TFI. MAYA is a full length musical about a young princess who must save her kingdom using courage, compassion and wisdom. In the process of teaching a group of students the musical, TFI and ASTEP teachers take students on a journey to discover their own courage, compassion and wisdom and begin to share those values with their families and communities.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Rolling
DATES: Year-round 4 to 6 weeks placements are available
WHERE: Pune, Chennai, Delhi or Bangalore
WHO: All artists!

Join us at Teach For India and use the arts to inspire students to take a leading role in their own education.

Email Aaron Rossini at aaron@asteponline.org or give us a ring at 212.921.1227 to learn more!

— your friends at ASTEP

 

 

 

 

 

ASTEP supports Teach for India!

Over the course of the past few months, three ASTEP Volunteer Artists dedicated their summer break to supporting Teach for India and the deeply underserved children who attend TFI schools. The main goal was to pair up with TFI Teaching Fellows (teachers in training) and help incorporate the arts into their daily curriculum. For example, using music to teach math and putting on a play to improve reading and collaboration skills.

ASTEP Volunteer Artists also spent time assisting on the production of MAYA the Musical, performed around the country at local Teach for India programs. Hundreds of TFI students perform in the musical, which features an original script and Broadway composed music by ASTEP Volunteer Artists that tells the story of Princess Maya’s whirlwind journey of self-discovery. This musical is the perfect tool that uses the arts to teach important life skills such as communication, confidence and team work.

Thanks to ASTEP Volunteer Artists Sydney Berkowitz, Caitlin Coleman, and Brigid Transon for bringing the transforming power of the arts to India this summer!




ASTEP receives Equity Foundation’s Paul Robeson Award


Equity Foundation’s 2016 Paul Robeson Award
Goes to Artists Striving To End Poverty

 

New York, NY, September 27, 2016–Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP), a nonprofit organization founded by Broadway musical director, conductor, orchestrator and musician Mary-Mitchell Campbell, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Paul Robeson Citation Award presented by the Actors Equity Foundation.

Created in 1971, the award honors individuals or organizations that best exemplify and practice the principles to which Mr. Robeson devoted his life: dedication to the universal brotherhood of all humankind, commitment to the freedom of conscience and of expression, belief in the artist’s responsibility to society, respect for the dignity of the individual and concerns for and service to all humans of any race or nationality. The award was voted on by members of the Actors’ Equity Paul Robeson Committee, chaired by Allyson Tucker Mitchell.

ASTEP joins a distinguished list of previous award winners, including Paul Robeson, Maya Angelou, Alice Childress, Jacques D’Amboise, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, Athol Fugard, James Earl Jones, Joe Papp, Sidney Poitier and George C. Wolfe.

ASTEP was conceived by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and students at Juilliard, where she was on the faculty from 2003-2009 and continues to conduct workshops, with a mission “to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art. Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.” Among its many programs, ASTEP runs a six-week summer arts academy for refugees, provides volunteers in a nursing home to work with kids in Washington Heights, focuses on children with HIV and other health challenges, as well as conducting performance workshops in homeless shelters and community centers, all run by a network of dedicated volunteers.

A major fund-raiser is planned for December 12, 2016 as ASTEP’s Annual Christmas Concert will be held at Joe’s Pub in downtown Manhattan.

“We are so incredibly honored to be given this award, and we are grateful to the many artists that have volunteered with us and continue to work toward creating better lives for young people,” says Campbell, who continues to serve as ASTEP’s Executive Director.

When not at ASTEP, Campbell has a busy musical career. Broadway shows for which she has served as Music Director and/or conductor include The Addams Family, Company, Tuck Everlasting, Finding Neverland and My Love Letter to Broadway, Kristin Chenoweth’s upcoming limited engagement concert at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

The Paul Robeson Award will be presented at 2pm on Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Eastern Regional Membership Meeting of Actors’ Equity Association in the Council Room on the 14th Floor of the Equity Building, 165 West 46th Street in New York City.

The Actors Equity Foundation, a philanthropic and humanitarian nonprofit organization, was created in 1962 to aid and assist the members of the acting profession and to promote the theatre arts. It is separate from Actors’ Equity Association and is funded by estate bequests and individual donations.

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“Zazise” in South Africa!

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Since 2011, artsINSIDEOUT has gathered a group of working artists and students who have been personally affected by HIV/AIDS to travel to areas of the globe that have been hit hard by the AIDS epidemic and to connect with young people and mothers who have been similarly impacted. In June 2016, artsINSIDEOUT organized its sixth annual two-week arts intensive at Nkosi’s Haven in South Africa, which offers holistic care and support for mothers living with HIV/AIDS and their children, including orphans.

The theme for camp this year was “Zazise!,” a Zulu expression that means “introduce yourself.” Over 80 kids and 25 mothers took part in a variety of performing and visual art classes led by a team of 18 ASTEP Volunteer Artists that culminated in a show for the entire community at the historic Market Theatre in Johannesburg. The schedule is challenging: two-weeks to create, rehearse, stage and design a show but the final performance was incredible!


Thanks to our stellar team of Volunteer Artists who made this all possible!

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You are rockstars: Romy Achituv, Stella Boonshoft, Victor Colòn, Ali Rose Dachis, Roelf Daling, Ernest Felton, Alison Green, Mosoeu Ketlele, Sibusiso Khambule, Dumisani Khanyi, Ryan Kim, Katy Pfaffl, Victoria Pollack, Shawn Mothupi, Aaron Ricciardi, Dick Scanlan, Stompie Selibe, and Thembile Tshuma

 



ASTEP Arts Camp in India!

 

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Along with providing year-round music lessons, ASTEP started and ended the summer season with a two-week arts camp at Shanti Bhavan, a school and home for disadvantaged children in India.

Held in May and then again in September Shanti Bhavan’s student body of over 200 kids, the aim of the arts camps is to encourage students to collaborate with their peers, strengthen their ommunication skills, problem solve creatively, try new things and gain confidence through visual arts, dance, theatre, and music classes and activities.

Throughout camp, students took part in a variety of activities. For example, in one collaboration class, students experimented with movement exercises that resulted in some amazing visual art!

“ASTEP Camp is the best part of the year. We get to do all sorts of crazy stuff, to do things we don’t get to do throughout the school year. I’m a music student, and I like playing the piano. Through ASTEP I have been able to improve my skills and my way of playing the piano. From camp, I learned to have an open mind, to imagine what I want. I learned from visual arts that nothing is ever right or wrong, don’t let other’s judge what you do. Be confident and do what you feel is right.” – Berkmans, 12th Grade



You can check out all of the photos on Facebook that captured our moments together but here are a few!





Thanks to our incomparable team of Volunteer Artists who made this all possible!

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2016 MAY Arts Camp

Theme: Connect, Create, Celebrate

ASTEP Volunteer Artist Team: Quinn Coughlin, Aimee Cucchiaro, Destiny Garcia, Ryan Hotes, Anna Hulse, Alexis Jenofsky, Michelle Mussett, Jason Shiuan, Jennifer Stafford, Patricia Woolsey and Ashley Monroe (Program Facilitator)



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2016 SEPTEMBER Arts Camp

Theme: “Let’s Grow”

ASTEP Volunteer Artist Team: Olivia Alsip, Jansen Bennett, Jordan Campbell, Allyse Corbin, Kaila Galinat, Marcus Guy, Patrick Heffernan, Joshua Hinck, Kelsey Lake, Marina Micalizzi, Aaron Rossini, Roschelle Spears, and Lizzy Rainer (Program Facilitator)

You are each incredible human beings!




Be a part of a new Elite Fellowship in India

We are excited to announce a new, elite opportunity to work with ASTEP as a full time music teacher at Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in rural India!

Teaching Artists in this position will lead general music education classes for primary school students in grades Pre K through fourth, and will lead choir rehearsals for upper school students. Teaching Artists will also organize and facilitate private lesson for students in a variety of instruments. All applicants should feel comfortable teaching piano and voice lessons to beginning and intermediate level students.

This position will be available year-round, but to be considered for placement in July, August, September or October, applications must be received by Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

To be considered for this position, please send a completed ASTEP Volunteer Application and current resume to lizzy@asteponline.org.

The accepted fellow must be available to teach for a minimum of 3 months, and will receive $800 towards their flight purchase and a stipend of $500 per month. Room and board is provided on site.

We look forward to hearing from you!






Soak up the Florida sun with Art-in-Action this summer

This summer, ASTEP is sending four Guest Teaching Artists to support Art-in-Action, a 4-week arts camp for elementary and middle school students in South Florida. Primarily coming from low income, immigrant and migrant families, students at Art-in-Action learn not only the arts, but healthy relationship skills, nutrition basics, stress and anger management, and confidence to be the best possible versions of themselves.

Dates: Two options: June 16 – July 2 OR July 2 – July 16
Application deadline: ASAP
Location: Homestead, Florida
Who: Any and all artists are welcome!

** Airfare, room and board is provided by ASTEP and enFAMILIA for all Volunteer Artists
** Email Lizzy Rainer at lizzy@asteponline.org or give us a ring at 212.921.1227 to learn more!

 

Use your musical talents to inspire confidence in India this summer

TrumpetsThis summer ASTEP is sending a Volunteer Teaching Artist to Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in India to lead our year-round music program. This Teaching Artist will lead elementary students (Kindergarten-6th grade) in general music classes, lead choir rehearsals for students in upper grades, and organize and facilitate private lessons for interested students.

In this position, an ASTEP Teaching Artist has the opportunity to introduce students to all that music has to offer. ASTEP and Shanti Bhavan work to develop the whole child by using the arts to introduce confidence, creative problem solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration. By giving them these skills, ASTEP Volunteer Teaching Artists are able to transform students’ lives using the most powerful tool they have: their art! Apply today to be part of the magic.

Dates: 2 – 6 month commitments starting as early as May 30
Application deadline: ASAP
Location: Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project near Bangalore, India
Who: All Musicians

** Room and board is provided by ASTEP and Shanti Bhavan for all Volunteer Artists
** Email Lizzy Rainer at lizzy@asteponline.org or give us a ring at 212.921.1227 to learn more!




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

 

 

South Africa revisited

artsINSIDEOUT – Johannesburg, South Africa

A team of 18 Volunteer Artists recently wrapped up artsINSIDEOUT2015, which took place from June 28 – July 11 for over 150 kids at Nkosi’s Haven, a residential facility for mothers and their children who are affected by HIV/AIDS. In addition to the traditional visual art, storytelling, music, and dance workshops offered, this two-week arts camp offered an engaging stagecraft class! The program culminated in a final performance at the historic Market Theatre in Johannesburg for the entire community — it was an inspiring evening for everyone who participated. For a chance to see the show, check out the video above!

The single most determinative factor in the lives of the people we work with will be their ability to tell their stories and to believe that their stories matter.

SETTING THE STAGE

BY VICTOR COLON, ASTEP VOLUNTEER ARTIST

My job is to educate through the arts: to model human, share perspectives, and broaden the imagination of our young students.

Through the stagecraft class we implement the set design for the final show that we are creating with the children. In our class each student is granted the freedom to be creative and responsible. We guide them so they can give their best without fear of making mistakes, laugh and learn from them creating beautiful arts expressions.

I get up early in the morning to start to work with the section of kids with the incredible team of kids, aged 5 to 12 years, who have tremendous energy and a huge desire to help in any way they can. The discipline and brotherhood is important in our work, they listen to each other and respect the decisions of their peers, which is a fundamental part of our education. After lunch we work with the next group of young girls and boys between the ages of 13-18 years old. It is WONDERFUL to have this gender diversity because it makes us a unique and special group providing opportunities to all alike, breaking the stereotypes that the only ones working on building scenery and lighting are involved with men.

The creativity and discipline of these students are amazing and I have no doubt at all that our final stage will be a beautiful and artistic collaboration from all of them and for the rest of the majors: music, dance, improv, storytelling and also Mums. Our main interest is that by recycling all materials that we see in our surroundings, we can make big scenes without relying on big budgets and because they simply do art inside and outside of major infrastructure, having less is more. I love art, I love my work as an artist and educator, and this experience lead me to love education. I learn that to be a teacher in the arts you have to be open and involved in the needs of each individual and merge with the group, so we all learn at the same time, so all we educate taking initiatives that refresh our values ??and our knowledge in everyday life. I love being here at Nkosi’s Haven in South Africa helping, sharing and learning with all this unique people, and it seems like I was living here for months. Being a good teacher requires enthusiasm, interest, love, consciousness but especially to be a guide to freedom of knowledge for each of our students.

Thank you to each of the Volunteer Artists who made this entire experience a success! We couldn’t have done it without you:

Alejandro Rodriguez, Alison Green, Ali Stroker, Anastacia Valles, Dumisani Khanyi, Dylan Moore, Evan Todd, JR., Ezra Lowrey, Jawan Jackson, Jennifer Newman, Kobi Libii, Mosoeu Ketlele, Rachel Lynn Haas, Riegerdt Deetlefs, Roelf Daling*, Stompie Selibe, Thembile Tshuma, Víctor Colón, and Yazmany Arboleda.

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