WHAT WE DO
Community-Word Project is a New York City based 501(c)(3) arts-in-education organization that inspires children in underserved communities to read, interpret and respond to their world and to become active citizens through collaborative arts residencies and teacher training programs.
TEACHING ARTIST TRAINING
Rigorous training and mentoring prepares artists to achieve academic and curricular goals while drawing upon their professional passion.
COLLABORATIVE ARTS RESIDENCIES
Multi-disciplinary, arts-integrated curriculum provides alternative learning strategies for writing and creative expression.
Purposeful collaboration with teachers and administrators improves arts pedagogy and enhances curricular outcomes.
Learning to Teach... Together
Posted on by Katie RaineyOn November 4th, 2017, the 2017-18 TAP trainees gathered together once again at The Drama League for the second workshop of the year. READ MORE
2017 Milestone Award
Posted on by Katie RaineyCWP Founder & Executive Director, Michele Kotler, is a recipient of the 2017 Milestone Award from the National Guild for Community Arts Education READ MORE
19 years of IMPACT
INDIVIDUAL AND COLLABORATIVE STUDENT POEMS WRITTEN
CLASSROOM TEACHERS + AFTER SCHOOL LEADERS TRAINED
TEACHING ARTISTS TRAINED
TEACHING ARTISTS EMPLOYED
Help us fundamentally change the lives of NYC kids.
Inspire lifelong learners by supporting arts education. Fundamentally change the lives of underserved kids.
Train and work as a teaching artist and expand your passion for literacy and the arts into underserved classrooms.
Volunteer, sponsor or partner with CWP! Join the dialog, attend an event, or let us tailor opportunities to participate.
where we aredown
RACHAEL SCHEFRINTEACHING ARTIST
"Through CWP, I am always investigating with my students the relationship between art forms and diverse ways of expression. Looking at multiple art forms enhances the students curiosity and skills, which results in a more thoughtful communicator."
DALE ANDERSONTEACHING ARTIST
"When I'm in a classroom, I strive to instill a sense of community ownership in my students. It's great to work with an organization that encourages this and helps TAs achieve a greater goal than just teaching basic art skills or passing a test."
ARLENE RAMOSPRINCIPAL P.S. 1, BROOKLYN
“CWP allowed our second graders to experience creative writing about their communities and themselves. This really allowed them to critically think about the work around them both collaboratively and individually. Thank you for this opportunity!”
MRS. SFERRAZZACLASSROOM TEACHER P.S. 220, QUEENS
“I have seen first hand that even students who struggle with language and reading can master higher level poetic skills. The artists come to the school well prepared and excited to meet with the students."
MS. BLANDINGCLASSROOM TEACHER, TYWLS QUEENS
“The most important thing my students have learned is that their voices matter. And I am becoming increasingly more comfortable with integrating creative writing into my curriculum. The teaching artist was phenomenal!”
MR. BRANCACCIOCLASSROOM TEACHER P.S. 17, QUEENS
“I loved the way the artists integrated art and language in creative and engaging ways. This year was our best experience yet! The artists were very professional, prepared, and innovative in their use of activities and artwork.”
RONALD CHIRONNATEACHING ARTIST
"In very important ways, my CWP experience has made me much more adaptable. CWP emphasizes that a TA has to have the skills to adapt to whatever may occur."
EMILY SHUPRINCIPAL, BEA
“All our students engage with Community-Word Project freshman year, so it builds a strong foundation for our school community. The focus on students' voices being important is key.”
PAMELLA ALLENTAP GRADUATE
TAP prepared me to adapt to all kinds of collaborative teaching, as well as gave me the tools to handle challenging situations within the public school system.
FELIPE GALINDOTEACHING ARTIST
CWP's poetry and murals projects let me work with kids of diverse backgrounds, ages and nationalities and share my passion for drawing and painting.
LUCY FRIEDMANPRESIDENT, TASC
CWP inspires kids to dream, create, and share. It gives them a voice filled with pride. I am hopeful that all kids not only become literate, but also enjoy literacy.
TERRI GREYPRINCIPAL, BHSWCA
Our work with CWP helped with our Quality Review. It was used as evidence to prove we were doing what we said we were going to do.
Stay up-to-date on the latest news and help spread the word.down