DRAFTspace COMPLETE PARTS Partners with ART START
DRAFTspace COMPLETE PARTS contributes to a worthy cause by featuring pieces from Art Start’s Portrait Project along with its compendium book. Art Start is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing the voices, hearts and minds of New York City’s marginalized youth through creative workshops designed to encourage and develop their artistic talents and personal growth. It reaches out to at-risk youth who are housed in city shelters or living on the streets, involved in court cases, or surviving with parents in crisis. In collaboration with youth agencies, local teachers and educators, Art Start has brought various art and music projects to these kids and conducted them at city shelters and wherever they can serve as an alternative to incarceration programs in order to effectively cross physical distances and breach the psychological walls that kids in these circumstances tend to build up. By inspiring them to believe in themselves, encouraging the expression of their creativity and dreams, they eventually feel empowered to seek out productive paths for themselves.
Word about Art Start’s success has received consistent national media attention including features in: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Bravo’s documentary Stories of Arts for Change, a mini-documentary by two-time Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple and the 2003 CBS special, “Fulﬁlling the Dream.” In 2009, The Sundance Channel debuted The Hip Hop Project, a feature-length documentary about Art Start’s award- winning music program for teens in crisis. Additional features about Art Start have been published in the New York Daily News, The New York Times, MSNBC’s The Griot, Fox 5’s Good Day Street Talk, and radio stations 107.3 Lite FM, as well as National Public Radio. A portion of the proceeds of sales during DRAFTspace COMPLETE PARTS will be donated to Art Start programs.