Community Outreach Initiative

A thank you gift for the outreach artists, written and illustrated by the students at The New School. See how children describe the community outreach experience.


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The Community Outreach Initiative (COI) develops programs designed to inspire people of all ages towards a greater understanding and desire to be leaders today and in the future. Through direct engagement in the visual and performing arts, the COI touches the lives of children and adults by using creativity to unleash their potential for success. COI programming shares with participants how music, dance, storytelling and the visual arts can draw upon universal human emotions and experiences to create a shared foundation upon which people can work together to transform their community and the world.

As a part of the Arts at the Intersection’s social justice programs, the COI primarily works in relationship with underserved communities throughout the New York City metro area. Whether they are preschoolers, teenagers, or senior citizens, all COI participants are more than audience members – they are co-creators. Exploring together with COI artists, participants create a shared experience that combines and expresses their diverse gifts, voices, and visions. COI programs honor the uniqueness of every individual’s story, while inviting participants to consider the intersections in their lives that bring them together as a community.

Thanks to lead funding from the TD Bank Charitable Foundation, the COI has served nearly 5,000 individuals and partnered with over 20 schools and community organizations since it was launched in 2010. With the foundation’s continued support, the COI has become a uniquely powerful approach to empowering individuals and communities in the midst of challenging realities, giving them the space to creatively explore their visions and goals through their engagement of the arts.

  • Community Outreach InitiativeBrooklyn Charter School, Brooklyn
  • Coalition for the Homeless, Manhattan
  • Cornerstone Academy for Social Action, Brooklyn
  • York College/City University of New York, Jamaica
  • Dignity Universal Community Program, Bronx
  • First Step Women’s Training Program, Manhattan
  • Community Outreach InitiativeFort Washington Church Youth Program, Manhattan
  • Four Winds Hospital, Katonah
  • Gateway School, Manhattan
  • High School of Art and Design, Manhattan
  • Junior High School 189, Flushing
  • Little Red School House, Manhattan
  • Community Outreach InitiativeMarshall Pre-K School, Long Island
  • Muslim Women’s Institute for Research & Development, Bronx
  • New Alternatives, Manhattan
  • PS 176X, Bronx
  • St. Luke’s School, Bronx
  • Truman Educational Center, Bronx