We Provide Free Arts Education To Those That Need It

The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.
— Former President Barack Obama

We believe that art makes the world a more beautiful place by creating the future innovators of tomorrow. We’re a for profit business driven by our ability to use our profits to provide free arts programming to the communities that would benefit from creative expression the most. Art should be accessible to everyone and unfortunately it isn’t. Our free arts programming strives to make up for where the system falls short.

“I got into an awful lot of trouble. I may have always been artistic but I lacked an outlet, something formal or constructive, so I became... destructive. Music saved my life. The voice you hear, the soul, the pain, is that of a person who deeply, deeply, deeply appreciates the opportunity they’ve been given. I’ve not always known myself completely, but I’ve grown up quite a bit now.”
— CeeLo Green, Actor, Singer, Artist
“I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.”
— Frida Kahlo
“I get strength from my art — all the paintings I own are powerful. As an artist myself, I know what it’s like to put your heart and soul into something.
— Madonna

OUR free arts education programming is our driving force

Art heals, empowers and leads to innovation and “out of the box” thinking. We believe that a lot of societal issues due to the broken system that affects our poorest, marginalized communities can be drastically improved if everyone had a platform for creative expression. That’s what we provide at The UnSpace. We want to encourage the youth to dream big and reach for the stars because the sky is the limit, regardless of where they’re from or their familial circumstances.

Our give back program provides free arts education for children of underserved communities and/or with disabilities. There are so many benefits to a well-funded arts program. Countless studies have shown the correlation between creativity and academic success and unfortunately, the children of the public school’s poorest school districts have limited to no opportunities when it comes to arts education. This lack of access makes an already bad situation worse. The skills that a youth can acquire through arts education can often offer life changing opportunities for those most affected by a broken system. Art helps our children discover their own talents and empowers them to believe in themselves. We want children to go for what they want out of life so they can start goal setting from now. We’re doing our part to set the youth up for a bright and successful future.

  • Each additional year of arts study was significantly associated with a 20% reduction in the likelihood that an adolescent would ever be suspended out-of-school.

  • Former arts students were 55.38% more likely to have attended any postsecondary school by adulthood than were former non-arts students.

  • Former students of the arts were 29% more likely than former non-arts students to have earned a four-year college degree by age 24-32.

  • Adults who had taken arts coursework were 26% less likely than those without high school arts coursework to have ever been arrested.

These are just some of the life changing benefits that arts programming can have on shaping our future leaders of tomorrow. Our plan is to expand our reach with locations all over New York City and the rest of the country. We want to inspire and do our part to uplift our own communities and bring them to a place where they can dream big and bring those dreams to fruition.


CLASSES WE’VE HELD AT THE UNSPACE:

We host weekly Sunday arts programming led by our Director of Arts Education, Michelle Wen. Michelle creates a robust curriculum that incorporates many different artistic techniques and mediums and she partners with other teaching artists to ensure a well-rounded program offering. Additionally, Michelle incorporates important relevant societal lessons into the curriculum - lessons that empower and teach our youth about self-love, collaboration, pride, respect for others and for themselves.

We’ve held the following creative class sessions at The UnSpace:

  • Visual Art: Painting, drawing

  • Sewing & Knitting

  • Dance Classes

  • Music Therapy Sessions

  • Graphic Arts

  • And More!


OTHER COmmUNITY GIVE BACK EVENTS HELD AT THE UNSPACE

As a socially conscious mission driven business, giving back to underserved communities is of the utmost importance to us. So in addition to our regularly scheduled free arts classes led by our very own Michelle Wen, we’ve held a number of additional give back events to help support those in need. Below are some of the events that we’ve held since December 2018. Additionally, we’ve held free cheerleading classes following tryouts on January 26th (see flyer below) - the team lost their original space and were rehearsing out of an apartment so we’ve donated our space to help the cause. We also held free ballet classes for the Ya Raices Latina while they were transitioning studios. In February, we hosted a Fundraiser (see flyer below) to help fund their upcoming tour schedule and we were successfully able to raise enough money to help them with their travel expenses.


Our Teaching Artists:

 
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Michelle Wen is a practicing visual artist and teacher from Brooklyn, New York. She has worked with both children and adults in varying media, from painting and drawing to sculpture and ceramics. Besides the Sunday Art Classes at the Unspace, she currently teaches at Gibb Mansion in Bed-Stuy and Mouse Ceramics Studio in Ditmas Park.

 

Interested in Teaching? Send us an email at info@theunspace.com.