Sampling of Culture For One Youth Activities

Sampling of Cultural Excursions
  • National Dance Institute
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater
  • New York Landmark Cruise 
  • The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • We Are! The Gospel For Teens Musical
  • "Matilda"
  • "The Color Purple"
  • L. A. Reid in Conversation with Gayle King and Special Guest Meghan Trainor at 92Y
  • "Invisible Thread"
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • "On Your Feet!"
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Blue Man Group
  • "Wild Wednesday" at the High Line
  • Children's Museum of the Arts
  • Park Avenue Armory Philippe Parreno Exhibit & art workshop 
  • Live taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
  • American Ballet Theatre Kids Program 
  • Paper Planet at the New Victory Theater
  • Annual Ladies Lunch & tour of MoMA Jacob Lawrence Exhibit
  • “Luv: American Style” at the New Victory Theater
  • "Finding Neverland" and Broadway 101 workshop 
  • Ballet Hispanico at The Joyce Theater 
  • Visit to the offices of RCA Records / Sony Music
  • New York International Children's Film Festival 
  • Alvin Ailey II at The Joyce Theater 
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center: Who is Billie Holiday? 
  • The New York City Ballet Family Saturday
  • The New Museum - ArtMuse Tour 
Sampling of Arts Workshops
  • Weekly Introduction to theater workshop
  • Weekly art workshop
  • Weekly dance and movement workshop
  • Special CFO Career Development "Professionals Panel"
  • Teen cooking workshop with Chef Reina
  • Creative Storytelling for Toddlers

Sampling of Arts Scholarships
  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Hip Hop
  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Photography
  • Drawing


 "....Children who find their way to NYC's Children's Center are among the most fragile and needy children in the City. The opportunity for them, at this critical moment in their lives, to experience the inspiring glow of the arts through Culture For One is indeed a gift. We are all so grateful for your extraordinary efforts."  
-Tim Roche, Associate Commissioner of ACS Children's Center and Office of Placement Administration 

“Many of our youth in care struggle with hope for their future.  It was gratifying to hear the panelists discuss the paths they travelled to get to their current place in life. It demonstrated to the youth that with perseverance and hard work they can accomplish their dreams. Many thanks to the panelists for their willingness to share.”

-Rosemarie Ewing-James, Associate Executive Director, Forestdale re CFO Career Panel on 6/8/15

“I really enjoy everything about this show.  It brought me happiness and taught me that there is more to life than being rich.  We must always have a dream.”  

-Jocelyn C., Culture For One Annie Excursion Participant

“Through art, the children are able to therapeutically channel their feelings regarding their current situation. They learn new and sustainable ways of expressing their emotions and positive coping methods. Afterwards, they exhibit pride in their accomplishments.”
-Ingrid Mellor, Certified Art Therapist, CFO Art Instructor, ACS Children’s Center

"As a CFO volunteer, it's always a wonderful experience escorting a group of youth to see a show on Broadway, especially for those for whom this is their first theatre experience. It's like discovering we have a language in common."
-Susan R., Culture For One Volunteer on Pippin Excursion

“I have seen changes in the kids who have become involved in the arts and organizations including Culture For One; in terms of maturity, handling themselves properly in public, manners, engaging in conversations and discussions, and their listening skills.  It has also helped them with life lessons; which includes improving their time ability to commit and be punctual.” 
-Brady Funn, Former Director of Educational Opportunity & Workforce Development, Forestdale, Inc.

“Culture For One has opened my eyes to things I would have really never thought about.  One program that I have attended was the Alvin Ailey Dance show.  To me, dance was always boring and just something I didn’t like to do.  When I stepped into the world of dance I felt like I was missing out on so much.  The performance showed me that not only was dance fun, but it was also a way of expressing yourself without words.”
-Manuella Y., CFO teen

“Culture For One figured out that many of our young people in foster care don't have opportunities to do things that many of us take for granted.  By connecting with a young person and inviting them to a cultural event – whether that is a show at the theater or an exhibit at a museum – it gives you a basis for a deeper bond with that young person, while also helping them learn more about themselves and the world. It's an incredibly important contribution to make to young people in different parts of New York City who have had some really challenging experiences."
-Ronald E. Richter, Former New York City Commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services (ASC)

"As our youth experience the excitement of culture, their spirits soar and we are encouraged by comments such as: 'Thank you for opening my eyes to the world of dance,' and 'I can do anything, be anybody I want, just like her (Alicia Keys).'"
-Anstiss Agnew, Executive Director, Forestdale, Inc.

“Like me, the children we serve have numerous concerns, often starting with their familial instabilities. I believe exposure outside their homes and neighborhoods enable those fortunate enough to participate, a chance to temporarily forget about their struggles."
-Kadidjia A, CFO youth

“I love hearing feedback from children after they have been on an outing with Culture for One. There is nothing like seeing a child’s eyes widen as she talks about a dance performance, or hearing teens discuss a play they just saw together. These kinds of opportunities are priceless for young people who have gone through some very tough times.”
-Rosemarie Ewing-James, Associate Executive Director, Forestdale, Inc.

"I celebrate Culture For One and its leadership for taking the time to think about a way to change the trajectory of the lives of some children in foster care. The more people that get involved, the better. So talk about this project.  We have a lot of kids who can really use this kind of opportunity."
-Ronald E. Richter, Former New York City Commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services (ASC)
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