Why help us?
“Time In is an amazing program that has impacted the lives of thousands of New York City students and families that may not have otherwise been granted the opportunities of culturally rich experiences.
Our school’s budget can barely support books and materials for the core content areas. It is extremely hard to tell parents that we will be unable to provide Arts education after their child has received a few years of this phenomenal program. It is even harder to tell parents that their children cannot receive the same program as others because we can only afford funding for a few classes.
We cannot imagine our school without their partnership. With aggressive financial support, this organization will continue to provide a robust program for our school and other schools that desperately need them. I strongly urge you to support our students through their efforts.”
Natasha Spann, Principal, PS 197
And because our children are amazing. Look at them!
I recently came across this comment by Robert F. Smith, the Chairman of Carnegie Hall and the Founder of Vista Equities.
“We will only grasp the staggering potential of our time if we create onramps
that empower ALL people to participate,
regardless of background, country of origin, religious practice, gender, or color of skin.”
Over the past twelve years, Time In has carefully built the infrastructure for Robert Smith’s onramp. Through Time In’s extraordinarily sophisticated arts and childcentric programming, we have helped get schools off the failing schools list. We have improved performance and test scores. We have changed children’s lives and learning, increased respect and dialogue, moved a discourse of violence to one of harmony. We have made opera and the visual arts a permanent part of children’s lives, of their teachers’ lives and as often as possible, of their families’ lives.
At Time In you can have a conversation with a 5 year old kindergartener about Shakespeare and Britten. Which of them doesn’t know the names of Titania and Oberon? I don’t think you’ll find one!
You can listen to a 9 year old to analyze Ellsworth Kelly.
Or a 6 year old explain the plot of the Marriage of Figaro
or a 10 year old speak about victimization in the work of Rashid Johnson.
Go to our youtube channel and peek in as Met Opera star, Ailyn Perez, sings Quando m’en vo with 2ndGraders from Harlem. Oe join 12 year old London for an evening of opera at the Met. She’s an habitué and will gladly guide you.
However, you should know. While our children are joyous and erudite, they still struggle. At Time In here are also children whose daily plate consists of homeless or domestic violence shelters – exhausted without a place to sleep at night, they drift off, falling asleep in class. Others say they can’t sleep at night because the sound of gunfire wakes them. One tells me there is no stove in his kitchen, another is on his way to court for a restraining order against his father, another asks, please can I spend the night at your house, I don’t want to go home.
One little girl comes to school at 6:45 am so that her father can get to work on time; another, not receiving the psychological support he needs, lashes out against his classmates while staff struggles to calm him, one can’t read because, it turns out, he can’t see, there are few supplies, next to nothing for art, no paper towels, few number 2 pencils, sometimes not even lined paper to write on. There is a general panic about test scores, so work becomes less and less creative, less and less child-centric, children become more and more alienated, the level of frustration rises, and children begin to feel like everything they do is wrong . . .
Beyond the obstacles, at Time In, the potential for success is staggering.
This is the world of “excellence in education” that Laeticia James said, “inspires” her.
Here are children engaged, smiling, making things, listening, learning, passionate, owning their work.
Time In is an onramp. The way out, the way up.
We can do this job: We ARE doing this job. but we can’t do it without your support.
Give generously. Kids need you.
And the world needs them.
The Time In Children’s Arts Initiative is a NYS charitable corporation organized in accordance with Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3).
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and by the National Endowment for the Arts.
All contributions to Time In are are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.