Our concept of partnership involves collaborative projects with non-profits and organizations, bolstering our mission to strengthen underserved schools and communities through the arts. We are constantly looking into expanded partnerships within and beyond New York City, and our efforts to inspire and empower youth and their families involve a growing number of dedicated organizations, some of which you can see below.
The New Group is an artist-driven company with a commitment to developing and producing powerful, contemporary theater as one of New York City’s leading Off-Broadway companies. Since 2006, we have connected with them to create Life Stories, a program within our Academy, that gives advanced theatre training for youth. Students create three professional level productions throughout the year, dramatically portraying characters and stories inspired by their real life experiences.
Founded in 1995 by Tina Fallon, The 24 Hour Company produces time-limited theater all over the world. For the past 12 years, Urban Arts has partnered with the company to produce The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, a benefit for our programs. In 2011, we took the show on the road and established a second event, The 24 Hour Plays: Los Angeles, which played a vital role in UAP’s ability to expand to serve students in LAUSD schools.
By litigating precedent-setting impact cases across the country and training young people to be leaders in their community, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has profoundly improved the way Latinos are treated in U.S. society, working to ensure that they have more opportunities for political, economic, social and educational equality. The young filmmakers in the our Academy program partnered with LatinoJustice in its 40th anniversary year to develop an original documentary short, Unreasonable Suspicion, exploring the effect that the NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” policy has on UAP students and their peers. The film was a springboard for a large-scale social media and public relations campaign, where students created and maintained a Twitter, Facebook, and blog for the #MoreThanAQuota movement and organized a youth-led rally that was attended by several City Councilors and members of the press.