Art 4 New York

Our Story

Our Story

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ART 4 NEW YORK WAS CREATED BY DETERMINED WOMEN.

Art 4 New York is an organization founded in honor of my grandmother, Mary E Hilliard, who passed away from Alzheimer's in 2016. To deal with the grief of losing her and to repay her for all the love she showed me, I began volunteering at Upper East Side Rehabilitation and Nursing Center's worship service. After falling in love with the residents, I started attending a reading group held after each worship service. Suddenly, an idea came to me: maybe residents at the nursing home would enjoy hearing Shakespeare sonnets like my grandma. Well, it turns out they did!

After reaching out to friends, colleagues, and friendly faces I met on the subway, A4NY was born and we soon created programming that incorporated music, theatre, dance, and visual arts.

Our leadership team is comprised of determined women from Brooklyn, D.C., California, Minnesota, Georgia, Australia, Japan and Guyana. Our organization is special because we don’t put on a show and leave, we build a creative community that is multi-generational and reflects the cultural diversity of a NY subway car.

I hope you’ll be inspired to support Art 4 New York either with your time or donation. I believe art is freeing and has the power to connect people and brighten lives. 

Always Choose Love,                                                 

Angelica                                                                     
Founder & Executive Director