ARTS FOR ART INC

Serving a diverse community of artists and audiences in music, dance, poetry and visual arts since 1996.

New York, NY   |  https://www.artsforart.org/

Mission

Arts For Art is dedicated to serving a diverse community of artists and audiences in music, dance, poetry and visual arts that utilizes improvisation as a way to express a larger, more positive dream of inclusion and freedom.

Ruling year info

1998

Founder/Artistic Director

Patricia Parker

Main address

107 Suffolk St Apt 300 300

New York, NY 10002 USA

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EIN

13-3991848

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Vision Festival

he Vision Festival is AFA’s annual flagship celebration of Free Jazz Arts.
The festival features:
■ Performances by acclaimed Free Jazz artists in music, dance, poetry, and visual arts.
■ The Lifetime Achievement honor bestowed on legends in the field, such as 2019 recipient, Andrew Cyrille.
Amina Claudine Myers is scheduled to receive this honor for the 25th VISION Festival in 2021.
■ Student showcase performances of original music by eight to eighteen year olds.
■ Panel discussions that address the role of artists in the on-going struggle for our collective humanity.
■ Social marketplace featuring catering and vending from local chefs, merchants, and record labels.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Evolving is AFA’s platform to showcase NYC FreeJazz movement. It focuses on the work of younger, forward thinking artists who are exploring a range of contemporary creative possibilities. Evolving includes music, dance and poetry performances, a visual art exhibit and panel discussions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

AFA hosts Under_Line Salons, which are designed to build audience and support for FreeJazz Arts by gathering people with a shared interest in creativity.
The U_L Salons feature artists in performance with moderated discussions in a social setting replete with high-end catering.
​Speakers and participants include some the world’s most talented and influential FreeJazz artists.

Population(s) Served
Adults

AFA provides free performances in neighborhood community gardens through our Fall In Gardens Series. These music, dance, and poetry performances have brought awareness around FreeJazz, while offering communities an enriching and engaging cultural event.

Population(s) Served
Adults

AFA initiated the Music is Mine education program to give voice to the unique creativity of each child, through improvisation and world music.

■ AFA hosts meetings for music teachers where curriculum for teaching improvisation has been developed. Their music students (aged 6 to 18) are given the opportunity to perform at the Vision Festival and workshop with legendary artists.

■ We bring the MiM education program, (3 days per week) to children aged 6 to 12 years of age in low-income housing. (in partnership with the University Settlement). the children learn to read and to improvise, using voice, drums, and keyboards.

​■ The Visionary Youth Orchestra, is a citywide band that was created to give a place where young musicians of diverse backgrounds and experience/skill levels could meet weekly and explore new ideas around improvised music and jazz. They are also featured at the Vision Festival along with other student bands.

■ We have begun the MiM evening program, to provide disadvantaged youth aged 12 to 18 years of age with instrument lessons and a band workshop. (in partnership with the University Settlement).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

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Financials

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ARTS FOR ART INC

Board of directors
as of 6/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

David Kreuter

VM Resources


Board co-chair

William Parker

Composer/Musician

Term: 1997 -

Patricia Ali

Retired

Jo Wood Brown

Artist Exchange International

Tom Carhart

South Street Advisors

William Parker

Composer/Musician

Whit Dickey

Composer/Musician

Patricia Parker

Founder, Arts for Art

Fred Moten

Professor, NYU

Urania Mylonas

Columbia University

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/19/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability