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OUR NEWS

Two Teachers, Two Art Forms, One Collaborative Lesson

Posted on by Katie Rainey

The New & Beginning and Student TAP trainees gathered once again at The Drama League for a day of collaborative lesson plan presentations READ MORE

Engaging Students with Abstract Art

Posted on by Katie Rainey

The students of BAHC get an introduction to abstract art, expressionism, the creative process, and more. READ MORE

The Meaning of Freedom: An Exploration Into Self-Portrait Poems

Posted on by Katie Rainey

Students at Bronx Envision Academy explore the meaning of freedom, self and community through visual arts and writing READ MORE
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19 years of IMPACT

  • 22,000

    KIDS EDUCATED

    KIDS EDUCATED
  • INDIVIDUAL AND COLLABORATIVE STUDENT POEMS WRITTEN

    50,000+

    INDIVIDUAL AND COLLABORATIVE STUDENT POEMS WRITTEN

  • 3,200

    CLASSROOM TEACHERS + AFTER SCHOOL LEADERS TRAINED

    CLASSROOM TEACHERS + AFTER SCHOOL LEADERS TRAINED
  • TEACHING ARTISTS TRAINED

    750+

    TEACHING ARTISTS TRAINED

  • 175

    MURALS PAINTED

    MURALS PAINTED
  • TEACHING ARTISTS EMPLOYED

    70

    TEACHING ARTISTS EMPLOYED

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TESTIMONIALS

  • Rachael Schefrin

    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 Anderson

    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 Ramos

    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. Sferrazza

    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. Blanding

    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. Brancaccio

    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 Chironna

    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 Shu

    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 Allen

    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 Galindo

    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 Friedman

    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 Grey

    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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