June 1, 2015-June 28, 2015, All DayHosted by #SAVEARTSPACE at #SAVEARTSPACE: ProjectArt, Zaniah Smalls
Zaniah Smalls is representing ProjectArt. ProjectArt’s purpose is to change the way the world values arts education and unleash the power of creativity in every child. We address the arts education crisis for youth in a highly innovative, collaborative and cost-effective way. Starting in underserved communities of New York City, with the ultimate goal of a national roll-out, ProjectArt uses a unique public library-partnership model to bring arts access directly to youth, providing them with a channel to express their artistic visions, set goals and display their art in celebrated art galleries, all at no cost to the students. The impact of arts education on every aspect of a youth’s life, from improving academic performance and curtailing high school dropout rates to imbuing leadership skills, has been demonstrated by staggering findings of research institutions such as the National Endowment for the Arts, and is key to our end-goal of achieving far-reaching impact at a pivotal period in a youth’s development.