Description & History

CAW's programs include Saturday Art Works for Children, After School Art Works and the Summer Art Works for Teens. CAW's Saturday Art Works engage 40-60 children aged 5-13 in day-long visual or performing art projects designed and facilitated by adult volunteers. These workshops use the arts to promote creativity and build social skills while helping children build positive relationships with adult mentors. Workshops are held at the El Faro Beacon School in East Harlem or at CAW's Community Garden on 124th Street in East Harlem. Workshops are held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, and new volunteers are always welcome! CAW will train volunteers before each workshop, so no prior experience working with the arts and with children is required.

In addition to our Saturday programs, CAW also runs an After School Art Works Program in which teaching artists are paired with 10-15 teens and teach teens their craft while helping them create final showcases of their own personal art, which are then publicly displayed for the school and greater community. This program began in 2005 and is now at 3 New York City public schools. CAW also runs a yearly a Summer Arts Works for Teens where we lead 50 teens in completing various large-scale community art projects. The summer program uses the creative arts to encourage responsibility, team work and self-esteem. It also teaches tangible job skills in design, construction, landscaping and urban revitalization, while helping youth experience the pride and satisfaction of permanently beautifying their community with their public art.

About the organization

Creative Arts Workshops For Kids

Archie Nagraj
Executive Director
(646) 424-0392
Patricia Siman
Development Associate
(646) 424-0392
Elizabeth Lastique
Program Director
(646) 424-0392