Residents of neighborhoods abuzz with culture, art, and arts education 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 above, 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.
“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