Join ASTEP in India this fall

It’s summertime and the living is easy, and we hope you are having tons of fun in the hot sun!! Are you wondering what you are going to do once it’s time to hang up the flip-flops and swimsuits? Do you know what your post-Labor Day plans are? Well, we’ve got the answer for you. Put away the white pants and Hawaiian shirts and head to Southern India with ASTEP!

This September, ASTEP is sending a team of Volunteer Teaching Artists to Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in India to deliver a week-long arts camp that focuses on music, theatre, dance, and visual art. Together, ASTEP and Shanti Bhavan teach students that their voices matter, that their ideas have value, and that they are capable of transforming India and their communities. By bringing the arts to these children from India’s lowest castes, ASTEP provides students with the opportunity to develop their social and emotional skills and to imagine a world where anything is possible. All volunteers receive room and board and live on campus with the children.

Dates: September 6 – September 19, 2016
Application deadline: July 18, 2016
Location: Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project near Bangalore, India
Who: All artists! We need a diverse team and hope that you are a part of it!

** Room and board is provided by ASTEP and Shanti Bhavan for all Volunteer Artists
** Email Aaron Rossini at aaron@asteponline.org or give us a ring at 212.921.1227 to learn more!


Guess who’s celebrating a birthday? #10for10

 

The next ten days are going to be exciting for us.

 
That’s because ten years ago, a little organization called ASTEP was born.

Today, ASTEP puts diverse artists in classrooms around the world to share their passion with underserved kids.

I am proud to celebrate this milestone with ASTEP’s community who believes the arts can create a safe space for a child to thrive and grow. Coming together to support this belief is what the #10for10 Campaign is all about.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 in 10 days through $10 and $100 donations from
June 20 – June 29, 2016.

Join us by giving today to make our next 10 years even brighter. DONATE NOW!


IN MEMORY OF JENNIFER ANNE SALTZSTEIN KAFFENBERGER

Jennifer Anne Saltzstein Kaffenberger, 1976-2016, was a loving soul. Her sparkling personality bubbled over with joy and happiness. She inspired everyone she met with her quick wit, compassion for others and passion for the dramatic arts.

Jennifer’s love for drama started early in life in Kansas City. At the age of four her mom took her to see the hit musical Annie. It was a transformative and jaw-dropping experience for her. From that point forward she was destined to follow her passion in the arts and make it a career. The live stage and sound of music captured her heart for the rest of her life. The thrill of the theatre and her admiration for all things related to drama was a hallmark of her life.

She majored in Drama at Duke University and went on to play parts in several off-Broadway shows in Manhattan. Off-stage she was a star of stars, caring deeply about others, doing what she could to lessen the sting of poverty everywhere, and speaking out against racism, bigotry and anything that divided people.

Jen waged a 26-year courageous battle with kidney disease. Despite the tremendous challenge, Jen managed to live a rich life. She was an educator; publisher; playwright; loving aunt; caring sister, and devoted wife. She formed deep, meaningful relationships that lasted for years.

Jen was an intellectual that deeply cared about people, and about the world around her. That’s why we know she would support every effort that ASTEP is making to help the world eradicate poverty while inspiring a new generation to appreciate the arts.

Jen’s private ASTEP fund will make annual gifts to transform lives, through the power of the arts. We would like to keep you informed on those events over the years so that Jennifer’s spirit and love for life can remain in your lives, too.

Many thanks for your contributions that will help us honor her memory.

+ To make a donation, please follow this link and list Carol Kaffenberger’s email address as the recipient (ckaffenb@gmail.com). In addition, you can mail a check to: ASTEP, 165 West 46th Street, Suite 1303, New York, NY 10036 and include Jennifer’s name in the memo line.

 

 

Be a part of a new Elite Fellowship in India

We are excited to announce a new, elite opportunity to work with ASTEP as a full time music teacher at Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in rural India!

Teaching Artists in this position will lead general music education classes for primary school students in grades Pre K through fourth, and will lead choir rehearsals for upper school students. Teaching Artists will also organize and facilitate private lesson for students in a variety of instruments. All applicants should feel comfortable teaching piano and voice lessons to beginning and intermediate level students.

This position will be available year-round, but to be considered for placement in July, August, September or October, applications must be received by Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

To be considered for this position, please send a completed ASTEP Volunteer Application and current resume to lizzy@asteponline.org.

The accepted fellow must be available to teach for a minimum of 3 months, and will receive $800 towards their flight purchase and a stipend of $500 per month. Room and board is provided on site.

We look forward to hearing from you!






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