Story by Gregg McQueen
Photographs by Ari Espay
This summer, a free program in Washington Heights will offer young people an introduction to music and theater, and help artistically inclined high schoolers prepare for college.
The program, titled “Empower Youth Through Performance,” is presented by Statement Arts, a non-profit outfit focused on bringing performing arts to underserved individuals.
Statement Arts Founder and Creative Director Liza Politi said the goal is to empower minority and low-income youth through arts education that goes beyond the classroom.
“We want to level the playing field for creative kids,” she said. “All children in New York City should have the same opportunities.”
This year’s classes will take place in July at United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA).
The Statement Arts summer youth classes will be held from July 14 to 18, and July 21 to 25; the college preparatory courses take place from July 7 to 25. Both are held at United Palace of Cultural Arts, located 4140 Broadway, New York, New York.
For more info: www.statementarts.org