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
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
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.
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.
Support the Program
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.