Artists Striving to End Poverty

ASTEP was conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art. Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.


OUR BELIEFS - We define poverty as a lack of choice

At ASTEP, we are deeply committed to empowering individuals who suffer from an absence of choice, especially children. The right to choose is a fundamental human right, and we strive to end the poverty that robs us of that humanity. The performing and visual arts create a unique safe space to rediscover choice.


WHY THE ARTS? - Access to the Arts is essential to a child's success

We see every day how access to the arts gives children vital skills that can be used in school and in their personal lives. They become better communicators, build their confidence to participate, and learn how to solve problems by thinking outside the box. Most importantly, the arts show each child that their voice is important.There is infinite possibility in that belief.


HOW WE WORK - We partner with schools and community organizations

Our programs engage youth ages 4-21 years old through collaborations with schools and community organizations, serving a population of low-income, immigrant, migrant, refugee and justice-involved youth. In addition, ASTEP uses nationally accredited Kennedy Center learning standards to train artists and create arts curricula.




Location: New York, India, Dominican Republic, Florida, South Africa



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