There should be no dividing line between artistic excellence and social consciousness.

For 59 young artists interested in combing their artistic practice with their pursuit of a better world, ASTEP presented our 2nd annual Artist as Citizen Conference from June 7 – 12, 2015 at The Juilliard School.

At ASTEP, we work with children. We put artists in classrooms around the world to share their passion with kids.

In a larger sense, we’re part of an evolving, nationwide conversation on the role of the artist in society. There are articles published on the subject everyday – the landscape of the arts is changing and so are the opportunities available to artists. Meanwhile, the social emotional skills the arts help to develop are increasingly viewed as essential for success in today’s knowledge-based economy.

The Artist as Citizen Conference is an opportunity for ASTEP to help spread this powerful ideal nationwide — and with it, the remarkable culture of service it represents.

It’s been talked about for years. Innumerable blogs have discussed it. The New York Times recently chimed in. There is a movement afoot. A return to meaning in the arts. A return to impact. As one curator put it, “Marcel Duchamp’s toilet is being returned to the bathroom.”

The Conference is about putting the riches of the first network at the disposal of the second. Its mission is to celebrate, connect, and develop young leaders in the arts by providing them with a transformative artistic and educational experience in the heart of New York City.

Why? Because developing motivated young leaders in communities across America is a way for ASTEP to expand the reach of its mission exponentially.

Which means more kids. Exposed to more art.

Apply to the 2015 Artist as Citizen Conference TODAY!

June 7 – June 12, 2015

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The Juilliard School, NYC

The Artist as Citizen Conference aims to identify and support young, motivated artists with a demonstrated capacity to take on leadership positions within their communities. Applicants must be between 18 and 25 years old to apply.

The artist’s specific skill-set can be in any discipline–we welcome applications from actors, dancers, writers, visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, designers, administrators, educators, and more.

The application is in three parts — “Basic Info”, “Video Statement” and “Original Work” — each described below and all due by April 22, 2015. You should fill out the Basic Info form first, and then send all supplemental materials to apply@artistascitizen.com

You’ll receive an official response from apply@artistascitizen.com regarding your application no later than May 1, 2015.

Check out the Artist as Citizen Conference website for more testimonials and how to apply!

Student-led play raises money to support ASTEP!

Even after graduating from Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, where they led an ASTEP Student Chapter, this dynamic and inspiring group of students continues to champion ASTEP’s mission. While navigating their first few months as freshman at several different Boston colleges and conservatories, these students knew they wanted to stay involved with our work. They created a play and performed it as a fundraiser for ASTEP. Estrogen & Testosterone debuted with two shows on January 12, 2013 at the 45th Street Theater Jewel Box in NYC, raising over $1,400  to benefit ASTEP’s programming! We are so proud of their commitment to using the arts as a force for social change. For your talent, dedication, and creativity– Jake Evans, Daniel Hutchins, Serena Kassow, Alynn Parola, and Renee Richard — we thank you for being leaders in the ASTEP community!  

Seniors from the Walnut Hill School for the Arts raised over $1,000 for ASTEP!

Congratulations to the 2012 graduating class at Walnut Hill School for the Arts and thank you to everyone who participated in the Senior Showcase, which raised over $1,000 for ASTEP!

We have all had such a good time working closely with the ASTEP@WalnutHill student chapter, especially Co-Presidents Renee Richard and Jake Evans, both graduating seniors. We wish you all the best as you head to college and hope that we keep in touch. And we’re looking forward to getting to know the new Co-Presidents, Courtney McCain and Owen Alderson, who will take over the leadership position in the fall.

A big thank you to Meg O’Brien and Kyle Brown, members of the ASTEP community, for speaking about ASTEP at the event!

 

 

 

High school students using the arts for change. ‘Tis the season.

Walnut Hill ASTEP focuses on raising money for impoverished youth by using students’ artistic talent. For the Holiday Season, Walnut Hill ASTEP created a holiday album featuring readings and musical performances of winter-themed work (by students majoring in Writing, Music, and Theatre) with a cover designed by a Visual Art major. To sell and celebrate the CD, the school community gathered in holiday-decorated dining hall as the students on the CD and others performed winter favorites.  — Renee Richard and Jake Evans, Co-Presidents of Walnut Hill ASTEP 

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Many thanks to Renee, Jake, and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts community for holding this festive fundraiser and for being an example of the transforming power of the arts! The ASTEP community appreciates all that you do.