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

THE BENEFITS OF OUR GIVE BACK PROGRAMS:

Art heals, empowers and leads to innovation and “out of the box” thinking. We believe that a lot of societal issues due to broken issues that affect our poorest communities can be drastically improved if everyone had a platform for creative expression. That’s what we provide at The UnSpace.

Our give back program provides arts education for children of underserved communities and/or with disabilities. There are so many benefits to a well-funded arts program. Unfortunately the children of the public school’s poorest school districts have limited to no opportunities when it comes to arts education. The skills that a youth can acquire through arts education can often offer life changing opportunities for those most affected by a broken system.

  • Countless studies have shown the correlation between creativity and academic success. Children from the poorest communities often receive the poorest education, so we hope to provide help……

  • 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 and starting setting

  • 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.

OUR GIVE BACK PROGRAMMING:

 

CLASSES WE’VE HELD AT THE UNSPACE:

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.