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

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!

Soak up the Florida sun with Art-in-Action this summer

This summer, ASTEP is sending four Guest Teaching Artists to support Art-in-Action, a 4-week arts camp for elementary and middle school students in South Florida. Primarily coming from low income, immigrant and migrant families, students at Art-in-Action learn not only the arts, but healthy relationship skills, nutrition basics, stress and anger management, and confidence to be the best possible versions of themselves.

Dates: Two options: June 16 – July 2 OR July 2 – July 16
Application deadline: ASAP
Location: Homestead, Florida
Who: Any and all artists are welcome!

** Airfare, room and board is provided by ASTEP and enFAMILIA for all Volunteer Artists
** Email Lizzy Rainer at or give us a ring at 212.921.1227 to learn more!


Use your musical talents to inspire confidence in India this summer

TrumpetsThis summer ASTEP is sending a Volunteer Teaching Artist to Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in India to lead our year-round music program. This Teaching Artist will lead elementary students (Kindergarten-6th grade) in general music classes, lead choir rehearsals for students in upper grades, and organize and facilitate private lessons for interested students.

In this position, an ASTEP Teaching Artist has the opportunity to introduce students to all that music has to offer. ASTEP and Shanti Bhavan work to develop the whole child by using the arts to introduce confidence, creative problem solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration. By giving them these skills, ASTEP Volunteer Teaching Artists are able to transform students’ lives using the most powerful tool they have: their art! Apply today to be part of the magic.

Dates: 2 – 6 month commitments starting as early as May 30
Application deadline: ASAP
Location: Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project near Bangalore, India
Who: All Musicians

** Room and board is provided by ASTEP and Shanti Bhavan for all Volunteer Artists
** Email Lizzy Rainer at or give us a ring at 212.921.1227 to learn more!


unnamedASTEP is pleased to announce George Wilkinson has joined our Board of Directors!

George is a Senior Manager at Satori Consulting, working within a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company to ensure the company’s regulatory compliance and inspection readiness. George earned an MBA from the University of Cape Town, Master of Science in Human Biology from the University of Western Australia and Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

In addition, George is an accomplished contemporary artist. For 15 years he lived in various parts of the world including Australia, California, South Africa, and India.   He attributes world residency to having inspired his fascination with the Urban Organism.

George’s hand painted cities are like a biologist’s field drawings, cities as living beings. Despite their appearance, most of George’s subjects are imagined. If a real location is painted, it is an abstract, idealized vision of the future.

The love for cities conveyed through George’s work is derived from his belief that human nature is fundamentally misunderstood and misrepresented by biologists as an unnatural, destructive imposition upon the Earth.  George’s view: Impossible; no portion of physical reality doesn’t count in the story of life on Earth.

George is fascinated by the fact that Earth is glowing and emitting matter. His message:  We belong here.

We are thrilled to work closely with George and welcome him to the ASTEP community — together, we are introducing the transforming power of the arts to the children we serve!


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