BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn (PIX11) — More than two hundred children in eight homeless shelters across NYC get special deliveries once a month. Kids get arts and crafts kits to uplift and get them ready for the new school year.
On the playground of a Brownsville family shelter, 8-year-old Nalaya received a special gift bag that she can take with her. Inside were art supplies, making Nalaya thrilled.
It’s part of a city-wide initiative by the nonprofit Arts Ignite, which helps under-resourced communities have access to art programs — not just fun but a real learning experience. Arts Ignite teams up once a month with WIN, a nonprofit that runs several NYC shelters, bringing community events to hundreds of children in NYC shelters.
We see growth in their social-emotional learning,” said Lindsay Roberts, director of programs at Arts Ignite. “And the way they build a sense of community with each other, With their bravery.”
At a Brownsville family shelter, 35 kids got to make bracelets and get a circus-themed day of fun. Arts Ignite usually brings programming with professional artists from Broadway and the visual arts world to lead these community activities. It’s quite a summer party!