Art Uniting People _ Art-Up !

Community Outreach
Art Uniting People - Art UP!

Art For People wants everyone from all walks of life to get involved in the performing arts -- music, dance and theater - so that the community at large is one with the artistic community. This means making performing art accessible to all our neighbors, and bringing people together to celebrate our common humanity.

The quality of our lives is not measured by our economic development as much as by our creative development, not by how much we can use, but by how much we can give. We can improve the quality of life in our community one individual at a time. We all have something to contribute to humanity.

At Art For People, it is not only about learning to dance, or sing or act. It is about the artist inside each of us, and how to bring that artist out to enhance our lives, and the communities in which we live.

Art UP!, Art For People's community outreach program, strives to bring an appreciation of and connection to performing art into people's daily lives where it doesn't already exist. We create and support projects that both bring the arts to marginalized, ignored and forgotten sectors of our community, as well as invites those members of the community with limited access to join the world of performing arts.

Performing art mentors and interested community members can volunteer - based on their expertise and interest - to stage performances in our community, working with and performing for those members of our society with a keen interest, but lack of access to the arts. We work with local schools, group homes, places of worship, retired living communities, hospitals, shelters - any community group with an interest in connecting through the arts.

By giving humane value to art and creativity, all our students and performing artists will have the opportunity to benefit the communities we live in, bringing about a more welcoming society by sharing the gifts of the creative spirit.

Our first outreach project is "The Understudy Project", a co-mentoring program involving community service groups, the artistic community, and local businesses.

Find out about how you or your community group or business can get involved in this new Art UP! program.


How "The Understudy Project" Mentoring Program Works

Professional and semi-professional members of the performing arts community - from performer to director to make-up artist to lighting technician - act as mentors, or "guides" to dance, theater and musical performances for people in the community with limited access to performing arts, but with a keen interest in learning more.

Performing art mentors and interested community members are paired, based on their expertise and interest, to attend performances in our community. Local and visiting performing artists can volunteer to be mentors. Community members are identified from local schools, group homes, places of worship, retired living communities, hospitals, etc. Performance tickets are donated by participating local theaters and performing arts groups and centers.

After attending the performances, the pairs, or small groups, meet in coffee shops or cafes for facilitated group discussion, analysis, exposition and exploration. The community members learn from those who can knowledgeably explain the genre. The performing artists learn from fresh eyes and ears, and critically unencumbered attitude and viewpoint.

You will see posted on this website performance reviews that result from this fresh perspective.

How You Can Participate:

If you are a member of the performing arts community, or a school, a group home, retired living center, place of worship or health care service provider, contact us at to find out how you and your organization can be involved.

We also invite corporations, local businesses, cafes, restaurants, the media or any members of the community to find out how to support this community outreach program.

Sponsorship Opportunities include:

Ticket Sponsor

Discussion Group Sponsor
Event Sponsor
Art Up! Signature Season Sponsor

Community Benefits:

Generates interest in and access to the performing arts by the general public
Opens opportunity for performing artists to volunteer in their community
Builds relationships between community groups and the performing arts community
Provides an opportunity for publicity for theaters, and performing arts groups
Supports curriculum for schools teaching humanities, history and literature
Enhances public pride in the community

For more information contact us at:
Art For People - Community Outreach
Washington, DC USA
Tel/Fax: 202-350-9002