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Education Through Music: Give the Gift of Music

25 Nov


Education Through Music just announced a new partnership with Grain Audio to support music education in inner-city schools, with a plan of action that looks to the future of arts education in NYC. Just in time for the holidays, the two are teaming up to offer a special gift any music lover would be happy to add to their wishlist: the Grain Audio HANDHeld PWS. For each wireless speaker sold to an ETM supporter, Grain Audio will make a contribution of $68 to Education Through Music; so whenever someone purchases a gift for a loved one (or themselves) they are also giving the gift of music to a child in need!

To order the Grain Audio HANDheld wireless speaker in support of Education Through Music, visit: or (*Only the PWS speakers sold through this page will qualify and count towards the charitable donations*)

In addition to the holiday gift that keeps on giving music, GrainAudio will provide audio equipment support to ETM partner schools and host several special events in 2014 to help raise funds for ETM.  Grain Audio will also provide additional marketing support to help increase ETM’s reach and exposure to new audiences and supporters.

“We are honored to be partnering with ETM. The incredible work they are doing touching children’s lives through music is both inspiring and result oriented,” said Mitch Wenger, President of Grain Audio. “They have a real impact and are truly doing incredible work. Grain Audio is thrilled to be partnering with this amazing organization.”

Education Through Music (ETM) partners with inner-city schools to provide all students with music as a core subject, and to create school communities that value the arts. ETM’s mission is to promote the use of music in schools as a means of enhancing students’ academic performance and general development. The ETM model currently serves 15,000 students in 28 inner-city schools in New York City, and our model reaches another 5,000 children through the work of our licensed affiliate organization in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit
Headquartered in New York, Grain Audio was founded by a four-person team with backgrounds in acoustics, design, architecture and marketing, united by their love of music and their desire to hear it the way the artist intended. Recognizing its obligation to users to give back via social and environmental initiatives, Grain Audio employs eco-friendly practices and materials (including FSC-certified wood) that minimize the company’s carbon footprint.


Listen v. Lock-Up: Unheard Stories From Teens in Trouble

15 Nov
One Night Only – December 4, 2013
With Commentary by
The Central Park Five Filmmaker Sarah Burns and
YC Alum Raymond Santana, One of the Central Park Five
Event to Take Place at Morgan Stanley, to Benefit Youth Communication
On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, Youth Communication (YC), the award-winning nonprofit publisher and advocate of reading and writing, will present Listen v. Lock-Up: Unheard Stories from Teens in Trouble.
This unique and powerful one-night-only theatrical event features the voices of one of New York City’s most marginalized groups: teens who have been through the justice system. The performance will take place at Morgan Stanley and will benefit Youth Communication’s literacy and youth development programs.
The production will intertwine dramatic performances of true teen stories by YC writers, with clips from the Ken Burns film The Central Park Five, which re-examines the Central Park jogger case and the five teenagers whose convictions for the crime were later overturned. After the performance, filmmaker Sarah Burns will talk with Raymond Santana, one of the falsely convicted teens and a Youth Communication alum. Mr. Santana participated in a Youth Communication writing workshop while he was confined at the Spofford Juvenile Detention Center.
Joining the conversation will be Marlo, a Youth Communication writer now in his second year of college, and Shawn Welcome, who faced similar challenges but evaded the law and eventually rose from high school dropout to high school principal. They will talk about the city’s justice system, the consequences of being unheard, and how government and society can better support teens in trouble.

“My childhood revolved around disappointment. Disappointment that my mother was dead, and that anytime I asked my father for anything the answer was, ‘I don’t have it’ — not even a subway card. I stole because I wanted things, but also because I was angry.”
Marlo, the young man who wrote these words, was arrested three times and served four months at Rikers Island. Unfortunately, his story is not unique. On any given day in 2012, roughly 1,000 teens in New York City were behind bars. Almost 800 of them were 16 to 18-year-olds in the adult prison system. What had they been through? How did they get there? How can we help these kids do better?

The production of Listen v. Lock-Up: Unheard Stories from Teens in Trouble is adapted and directed by Francisco Solorzano, artistic director of The Barefoot Theatre Company.

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YOUTH COMMUNICATION was founded in 1980, by MacArthur “genius” grantee Keith Hefner. Its mission is to help marginalized youth strengthen the social, emotional, and literacy skills they need to succeed in school, work, and life. Youth Communication publishes high-quality, teen-written stories that facilitate engagement and learning.
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Name: Listen v. Lock-Up: Unheard Stories From Teens in Trouble
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Morgan Stanley, 1585 Broadway (at 47th Street), New York, NY 10036To purchase tickets: visit or contact Sandra Toussaint-Burgher, Development Director at (212) 279-0708 ext. 114 or



NYCreates Holiday Craft Fair

14 Dec

“Over 40 Fine Craft Artisans at the NYCreates Holiday Craft Fair”

NYCreates is hosting a Holiday Craft Fair featuring over 40 of New York’s fine, handmade craft artisans.  The 3-day event is being held at the West-Park Church/Center at 86th St. and Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side Friday, December 16 through Sunday, December 18, 2011.

The NYCreates Holiday Market makes it easy to give beautiful, high quality, handmade gifts for the holidays. And now more than ever, it is important to support local businesses like these artisan entrepreneurs.

This event offers neighbors and visitors the chance to shop for unique and desirable holiday gifts directly from the artists who make them.  Clothing designer Catherine Joseph makes distinctive men’s and women’s clothing and counts Tommy Mottola and George Lopez among her clients.  Jewelry Designer Amy Burchanal of House of Z Jewelry creates earrings, necklaces, and bracelets from real sea glass collected on the shores of New York State.  Sandra Armstrong of Gifted Papers creates whimsical clocks, boxes, and journals from handmade paper.  These fine artisans and many more will be showing their work at the NYCreates Holiday Craft Fair.

NYCreates is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting handmade craft artists in New York City by sponsoring events, such as craft fairs, as well as providing training and microfinancing.  “Crafts are a vital part of the creative character of the city, and of the economy as well.” says Ted Berger, Executive Director of NYCreates.  “Often these artisan entrepreneurs go under recognized. Their talent, passion, and dedication is clear in the quality and diversity of the objects they make.”  This event is sponsored by the Business Center for New Americans (BCNA) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

Preview participating vendors and find event details at

Info at a Glance:
NYCreates Holiday Craft Fair at West-Park Church
Friday, December 16 – Sunday, December 17, 2011
The corner of 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Friday and Saturday 11 AM – 7 PM
Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM