Shine on Kids Arts Initiative makes arts education programming accessible to all children in Uptown, Manhattan.
As a mother to a 3 year old daughter who loves to sing, dance and make art, I was unable to attend mommy and me music classes with my daughter as a working mom because most classes were during the weekday and the classes available were outside of my budget. I started Shine on Kids so that working parents could attend classes on an alternative schedule and be able to bond and grow with their child through the arts. Being a parent and seeing how much joy and love my daughter gets from having opportunities to explore the arts has really fueled me to keep expanding Shine on Kids to meet the needs of families in Uptown Manhattan and create opportunities for all children and learn and grow through the arts.
I am working to expand Shine on Kids Arts Initiative to offer diverse opportunities in the arts such as dance, yoga and more, have our own dedicated space to offer classes, partner with local schools and daycares to offer classes led by our Teaching Artists, and launch a after school programming and camps. We are seeking funding to purchase musical instruments and equipment, rent a community space to house all classes and activities, hire and train a team of Teaching Artists to teach through out the city and create musical ensembles including a choir and youth orchestra in Harlem.
Thank you for your love and support as I answer the call to make artistic opportunities available to all of our little ones so that their gifts can flourish.