COMMUNITIES OF OPPORTUNITY: CATEGORIES OF IMPACT
Arts and Culture
We strongly believe that arts and culture programming has the power to shape communities and improve the quality of life of the residents in those communities. Our Resident Services Coordinators create partnerships with local arts and culture organizations to bring music programs, art classes and other cultural events to our communities. The transformative power of arts and culture is being employed in our communities.
Grace West, Newark
Grace West enriched its summer feeding and camp program with an Arts and Nutrition curriculum provided by Rutgers University. Rutgers “Art Moves” utilizes movement, art instruction, and nutrition education to improve the health of our families. In addition, the University offered an adult version of the curriculum to help improve the health and mobility of our seniors. Through a grant from Newark Arts, a local arts organization Arts Unbound ran a program aimed at increasing self-expression and reducing social isolation, allowing neighbors to connect through art. Graduates of the Arts Unbound course will be trained to be “Arts Ambassadors” and paid by Arts Unbound to teach art to other seniors in the City of Newark.
A recent study by researchers from the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania found that low-income New York City residents with more access to cultural resources experience better education, security and health outcomes.