WHAT WE DO
Our mission is to facilitate culturally responsive, multidisciplinary art programs for students, Teaching Artists, and communities to develop and amplify their voices and creative skills. We envision a world where all artists and learners work together to recognize and celebrate the power of their creative voices to manifest a more equitable future.
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.
Advice to Spring'21 TAP Class
Posted on by Craig HayesTAP Mentor's poem to cadre of recent TAP alums READ MORE
Women's History Month: Centering Black Women
Posted onMarch is Women’s History Month! This year, Community-Word Project is taking the time to recognize, empower, and uplift the phenomenal women in our community. READ MORE
2020 CWP Associate Board of Directors
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INDIVIDUAL AND COLLABORATIVE STUDENT POEMS WRITTEN
CLASSROOM TEACHERS + AFTER SCHOOL LEADERS TRAINED
TEACHING ARTISTS TRAINED
TEACHING ARTISTS EMPLOYED
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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."
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 FRIEDMANEXPANDED SCHOOLS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEMBER
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.
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