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Youth Outreach
FIAF In-School Arts Education Program

Developmental studies show that the arts help cultivate key skills—critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. These skills are essential for young adults from underprivileged areas, where arts education is often neglected due to shrinking state and federal budgets.

To help fill this void, in 2013, FIAF launched an arts education program to bring accomplished French artists in to teach some of the city’s most under-served students, introducing them to both art and French culture.

In 2016, the program at M.S. 331 in the Bronx, featured dance workshops for students led by hip-hop choreographer Mai Lê Ho. This residency introduced the school’s seventh graders to street dance and its history. Program was supported by 2015 gala contributions.

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Fall 2013: French sculptor Sydney Albertini visited P.S. 46M in Harlem for hands-on classes, culminating in an exhibition in the FIAF Gallery. Program was supported by Louis Vuitton.

Fall 2014: French photographer Jean-Christian Bouracart held workshops with students at M.S. 331 in the Bronx, where students took photos of their friends, families, and daily routines. The FIAF Gallery displayed the students' best work with a celebratory opening reception. Program was supported by Louis Vuitton.

Fall 2015: French actress and stage director Laura Lassie led a series of weekly theater workshops with students from M.S. 331 in the Bronx. The program concluded with a staged performance of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi by the students. Program was supported by 2014 gala contributions.


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Help us bring vital art programs to public schools. While we are proud of what we were able to accomplish at M.S. 331 in the Bronx this year, we know we can have a bigger impact. With your support, we hope to expand our efforts into a year-long art program in more than one public school. Every dollar you donate will have a real impact on the lives of these children.

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