ArtsConnection Leadership Connects and Reflects
L: Debra Peltz, Chair of the Board of Directors R: Rachel Watts, Executive Director
Our Board of Directors
Debra Peltz, Chairman
Linda LeRoy Janklow, Founding Chairman
Lisa Plepler, Chairman Emeritus
Robert A. Pruzan, Vice Chairman
Robert W. Downes, Treasurer
Theodore S. Berger, Secretary
Patricia Morris Carey, Ph.D.
Lynne S. Katzmann
Louise Hartwell White
Hon. Gonzalo Casals, Ex-Officio
That class was phenomenal. . .to my delight (and relief!), when I looked back in on [my 9 year old son] he was engaged. . .the teaching artist running the class was super. . .I just wanted to pass along a huge thank you to your teaching artist for bringing my son out of his Zoom strike.”
–Elementary school parent
Connections through Virtual Learning
Bringing Screens to Life for our Elementary School Learners
Our youngest learners—full of energy, curiosity and always eager to play—were engaged by our teaching artists to activate their imaginations and immerse themselves in a world of discovery beyond their current reality of sitting in front of a screen. Underlying every arts experience was the goal of supporting our children as art-makers and helping them collaborate and share with classmates, key ingredients of ArtsConnection’s successful arts programming, in-person and, no less so, remotely.
Developing an Artistic Voice in
During a time when it would have been so easy to turn off one’s camera or not participate, engaging with new tools and ideas for artistic expression drew our middle school students into becoming active learners. ArtsConnection’s teaching artists knew that early adolescents were figuring out how to navigate in the altered landscape and met the challenge of supporting them, using their own expertise with technology and as performers, to help students build knowledge and capacity and learn to work and think like artists.
Sustaining a Teen Community of Creative Thinkers
The creativity and engagement of our teen advisors, artists, writers, curators, and audiences cannot be stopped! Technology is second nature to them, and so the transition to virtual programming was one of the most seamless parts of our programming year. With only a week’s turnaround in ArtsConnection’s switch to a remote format in the early spring, we are proud of—and also learned a lot from—a generation of young people who were enthusiastic about staying involved, building a community and forging their pathways to their next steps toward college and career during these difficult times.
I’m forever grateful to my wonderful experiences with ArtsConnection in TRaC and as an intern, and I’m so happy to be able to give back to an organization that made an impact on me in any way I can!
–former TRaC participant and Teen Programs intern
2020 In Review
Thank you to our partners in education. We are grateful for your collaboration.
Fiscal Year 2020: Revenue and Expense Breakdown
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Financials represent fiscal year 2020, spanning September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020
- NYC Department of Education: $965,898
- Federal: $479,520
- City, State: $713,844
- Foundation, Corporate: $801,959
- Individuals: $537,629
- Special Events: $407,950
- Other/in-kind: $464,404
- Program Services: $4,008,371
- Management and General: $338,687
- Fundraising: $544,925
- Total Revenue: $4,371,204
- Total Expenses: $4,891,983
In the spring of 2020, ArtsConnection secured and expended a $700,967 loan through the federal Paycheck Protection Program. At the close of the fiscal year, the loan remains reflected as outstanding debt as the organization prepares the application to await lender approval that the conditions for loan forgiveness have been met.
Dance makes me feel proud of myself.
–2nd grader at PS 24k
Many thanks to all of our generous supporters. Due to space limitations, we cannot list all donor names here, but all of your contributions are deeply appreciated. (Donor List September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020)
Tickets for our High 5 Tickets to the Arts Program provided by 71 arts & cultural partners. Space for Teen Programs workshops provided by the Museum of Art and Design and the New York Public Library. Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Support for Teens Programs provided by the Dedalus Foundation. Support for Pizza and a Movie provided by Charles Devigne/Lexington Pizza Parlour. Donation of ABCs of Art provided by David Matlin and J.P. Morgan Chase. Benefit auction artworks donated by the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation, Inc.
ArtsConnection is the recipient of public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council through the Cultural After-School Adventures initiative. ArtsConnection also receives discretionary funding from the City Council. Thanks to City Council Members Adrienne E. Adams, Joe Borelli, Andrew Cohen, Mark Gjonaj, Corey Johnson, Peter Koo, Brad Lander, Keith Powers, and Carlina Rivera.
Annual Report Featured Artists and School Partnerships
Laila Balahana, grade 11
Melanie Bhani, grade 10
Nya Eaddy, grade 12
Aida Fraser, grade 11
Daniel Garcia, grade 12
Ceci Hori, grade 11
Emily Hua, grade 11
Mia Lau , grade 11
Chu Yi Lei, grade 11
Sally Li, grade 12
Bao Lu, grade 11
Lucia Martell, grade 12
Daisy Nestor, grade 11
Dowon Park, grade 6
Jason Ramos, grade 8
Jinhang Ren, grade 7
Tyler Ripel, grade 9
Munir Mashratoon, grade 12
Farideh Sanandaji, grade 11
Imani Santos, grade 12
Minal Shaman, grade 9
Cyril Uy, grade 12
Wendy Vasquez , grade 12
Emily Yoonsmith, grade 7
Annual Report Featured Teaching Artists and Program Managers
Sara Jane Munford
A special thank you to Joe Nanashe for editing all video content featured in this annual report.