Participating in the arts has numerous benefits for the development of children and young adults. Research has demonstrated that children “who are involved in the arts have higher school motivation, engagement in class, self-esteem, and life satisfaction” (Australia Council for the Arts). However, there are many young people who do not have the resources or the opportunity to develop as artists due to various circumstances. Fortunately, there are many organizations that help children in underserved populations get involved in art. This post looks at three New York City organizations that help children get involved in the arts.

Roundabout Theater Company

The Roundabout Theater Company was founded in 1965. Over the years it has staged numerous award-winning productions, and has received 36 Tonys. Today the company manages five different theaters in New York City. One important program that the company runs is called the Student Production Workshop. SPW is a chance for students to learn about theater production. While students need to audition in order to be accepted into the program, the program is free for all public high school students in New York City. Today many public high schools do not have the budget to have a drama program. SPW is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their artistic abilities throughout the school year and the summer. To learn more about the program, visit this site.

New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic is one of the United States oldest musical institutions. It is also considered one of the “Big Five,” a term that refers to the country’s leading orchestras. The New York Philharmonic has a number of programs that benefit the community. Philharmonic Schools have existed since 1994. The program focuses on teaching third, fourth, and fifth grades about symphonic music. It accomplishes through artist visits, lessons on the recorder, in-school concerts, and a trip to witness a New York Philharmonic concert each year. The New York Philharmonic also offers teachers professional development opportunities that relate to the goals of the program.

Harmony Program

The Harmony Program is an after-school program where children learn to read, write, and perform music. There are no fees associated with the program, and each student receives a free instrument. Many of the students come to the program with little to no musical experience at all, but as a result of the program they become accomplished musicians. Students attend class up to six days a week for a total of 400 hours per year. The students also get to experience field trips, and they perform concerts for their friends and family.