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Creativity Transforms Lives: Arts proven to improve life in our City

Photo by Richard Rivera

“My daughter was in the summer program at Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and loved the West African and ballet classes. She is 9, and already talking about applying to intensive dance programs. This is a real launching pad for kids from the Bronx.” — Sandra Rivera Perez, educator

Residents of neighborhoods abuzz with culture and art are healthier, better educated, and safer than those with fewer creative resources.  

We funded a study by the University of Pennsylvania that found this is particularly true in low- and moderate-income New York City neighborhoods. Arts also help children think critically, solve problems, and prepare for jobs that demand creativity.

That’s why The Trust is committed to boosting the arts in long-ignored communities throughout the five boroughs. In the photo at right, The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance’s affordable summer and after-school program, funded by The Trust, introduces children to everything from ballet to capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines dance, acrobatics, and music.

Arts Impact: Our funding makes a difference across New York:

  • Expanded a Public Theater program that brings community members and professionals together to create theater by and for the people. The program, Public Works, is now national.
  • Brought professional arts groups into the school system to train more than 1,000 pre-K teachers with The Fund for Public Schools.
  • Broadened a photography program at the Alice Austen House, a Staten Island historic home and studio of one of the earliest and most prolific lesbian photographers in America.

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