Be the Change You Want to See in 2017

Step outside of your comfort zone and make a difference in the world this year with ASTEP. This spring, we are sending a team of Volunteer Artists to Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in Southern India to deliver a multi-week arts camp that focuses on visual and performing arts including music, filmmaking, dance, and musical theatre.

ASTEP believes poverty is defined by a lack of choice. Our team of Teaching Artists, along with the faculty and staff at Shanti Bhavan, use their art, their passion, and their talents to teach students that they have the power to make choices in their lives.

We will show our students that their ideas have value and that they are capable of making positive transformations in their country, their communities, and their world. By bringing arts education and application to these students from India’s lowest castes, we are able to provide them with the space and time to practice communication, collaboration, empathy, and creativity: all skills necessary to live and thrive in a world where their voices matter.

Dates: May 24 – June 12
Application deadline: February 25, 2017
Location: Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project just outside of Bangalore
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!


“One of the best things about volunteering at SB was waking up every morning and starting my day with the preschoolers. They are so playful, smart, and filled with smiles; they overwhelmed me with joy every single day. ”
–Kaila Galinat, ASTEP Volunteer Teaching Artist

Volunteer opportunities in India

Dear Teaching Artists:

We are writing today to tell you about an international teaching opportunity available to you right now through our partnership with Teach for India! We’ve expanded our network of cities throughout India to include Bangalore, and we want to send some of our rockstar Teaching Artists to make a big impression!

With this program, Volunteer Artists are matched with TFI Teaching Fellows to focus on ways to incorporate the arts into their curriculum, such as using music to help teach fractions or using theater to help teach language arts. By sharing artistic tools to bolster classroom teaching, ASTEP shows the arts not only have the power to engage children but to excite them about learning.

ASTEP Volunteer Artists also have the opportunity to work with MAYA the MUSICAL during their time at TFI. MAYA is a full length musical about a young princess who must save her kingdom using courage, compassion and wisdom. In the process of teaching a group of students the musical, TFI and ASTEP teachers take students on a journey to discover their own courage, compassion and wisdom and begin to share those values with their families and communities.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Rolling
DATES: Year-round 4 to 6 weeks placements are available
WHERE: Pune, Chennai, Delhi or Bangalore
WHO: All artists!

Join us at Teach For India and use the arts to inspire students to take a leading role in their own education.

Email Aaron Rossini at aaron@asteponline.org or give us a ring at 212.921.1227 to learn more!

— your friends at ASTEP

 

 

 

 

 

ASTEP Arts Camp in India!

 

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Along with providing year-round music lessons, ASTEP started and ended the summer season with a two-week arts camp at Shanti Bhavan, a school and home for disadvantaged children in India.

Held in May and then again in September Shanti Bhavan’s student body of over 200 kids, the aim of the arts camps is to encourage students to collaborate with their peers, strengthen their ommunication skills, problem solve creatively, try new things and gain confidence through visual arts, dance, theatre, and music classes and activities.

Throughout camp, students took part in a variety of activities. For example, in one collaboration class, students experimented with movement exercises that resulted in some amazing visual art!

“ASTEP Camp is the best part of the year. We get to do all sorts of crazy stuff, to do things we don’t get to do throughout the school year. I’m a music student, and I like playing the piano. Through ASTEP I have been able to improve my skills and my way of playing the piano. From camp, I learned to have an open mind, to imagine what I want. I learned from visual arts that nothing is ever right or wrong, don’t let other’s judge what you do. Be confident and do what you feel is right.” – Berkmans, 12th Grade



You can check out all of the photos on Facebook that captured our moments together but here are a few!





Thanks to our incomparable team of Volunteer Artists who made this all possible!

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2016 MAY Arts Camp

Theme: Connect, Create, Celebrate

ASTEP Volunteer Artist Team: Quinn Coughlin, Aimee Cucchiaro, Destiny Garcia, Ryan Hotes, Anna Hulse, Alexis Jenofsky, Michelle Mussett, Jason Shiuan, Jennifer Stafford, Patricia Woolsey and Ashley Monroe (Program Facilitator)



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2016 SEPTEMBER Arts Camp

Theme: “Let’s Grow”

ASTEP Volunteer Artist Team: Olivia Alsip, Jansen Bennett, Jordan Campbell, Allyse Corbin, Kaila Galinat, Marcus Guy, Patrick Heffernan, Joshua Hinck, Kelsey Lake, Marina Micalizzi, Aaron Rossini, Roschelle Spears, and Lizzy Rainer (Program Facilitator)

You are each incredible human beings!




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!






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 lizzy@asteponline.org or give us a ring at 212.921.1227 to learn more!




Volunteer in India this spring!

Want to use your artistic talents to inspire joy? Ever wonder what Southern India is like in the spring? Then ASTEP might be just what you’re looking for!

This spring ASTEP is sending a team of Volunteer Artists to Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in India to deliver a two-week 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: 16 May through 6 June 2016
Application deadline: 15 March 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!




Volunteer in India

Engage in the transforming power of the arts!

 

ASTEP is currently recruiting musicians, dancers, and visual artists for our three-week arts camp at Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project, a school and home for economically and socially disadvantaged children outside Bangalore, India. With a team of 5-10 volunteer artists, ASTEP’s arts camp transform the school into a place of creativity, performance and ol’ fashioned silliness for the 300+ students at who live there.

Application deadline: July 17, 2015
Dates: September 6 – 23, 2015

Email Lizzy Rainer at lizzy@asteponline.org to learn more!

+ Want to find out more about our partnership with Shanti Bhavan?

+ Check out photos from our most recent camp in May!

 

Celebrate. Explore. Create!

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Thank you to our incomparable team of Volunteer Artists who led our May 2015 Art Camp at Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project: Kalee Burrows, Gabby Deede, Carolyn Fry, Harrison Fry, Brian Gnojek, JJ Krehbiel, Lauren Morris, Lizzy Rainer, Midori Samson, Aaron Umsted! Working together for three weeks in May, these volunteers helped wind down the academic year by transforming the school into a place of play, creativity, and ol’ fashioned silliness for the 300+ students at Shanti Bhavan, a school and home for children of the lowest caste, located south of Bangalore.

The camp theme: Celebrate, Explore, Create!

The volunteers taught classes in the visual arts, music, dance and theatre with concentrations in areas such as musical theatre and even comic-book creation class! In addition to the classes, there was a focus on “camp-fun activities” such as scavenger hunts, water balloon fights, and even roasting s’mores, a first for the kids!

Beyond simply teaching artistic skills, the focus of ASTEP’s Art Camps provide the children with a safe space to develop important life skills such as creative problem solving, self-confidence, leadership, and collaboration — skills that will help them on and off the stage. Plus, a chance for a child to truly be carefree and play will do so much for their overall health and wellbeing.

The art camp culminated with Shanti Bhavan’s graduation ceremony where the students showcased their artwork and special performances for the community of staff, family, friends and supporters!

Wow. It was spectacular!

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Featuring an original script and Broadway composed music, The Maya Musical has been a life-changing experience for the 100 low-income students involved. Maya, a partnership between ASTEP and Teach for India, tells the story of Princess Maya’s journey. Tasked to bring light back into her Kingdom, Maya and her friends use the values of courage, compassion and wisdom to lift 3 curses that have been cast on the world.

Like Maya, these children have discovered their brightest light. Thanks to an extensive team of dedicated ASTEP Volunteer Artists, Teach for India staff and scores of supporters, the show opened this month to thunderous applause.

“Maya gives me the power to live my life.
Maya is an inspiration that helps me to help others.
Maya is a song that encourages me to sing out my own voice.”
– Priyanka, 14 years old


THE MAYA MUSICAL — TRAILER



The list of individuals who helped make this possible is inspiring!

From the ASTEP Team:

Allison Gibbons, Andrea DeLonis, Anna Jacobs, Asavari Thatte, August Eriksmoen, Ben Campbell, Callie Tepper, Charlie Sohne, Christopher Behmke, Cicily Daniels, Coty Cockrell, Danielle Mooney, David Goldsmith, Elle Sullivan, Enrico De Trizio, Francesca Betancourt, Garen McRoberts, George Abud, Georgia Stitt, James Sasser, Jane Pfitsch, Jay Mack, Jeremy King, Julianne Merrill, Kelcie Miles, Kendal Sparks, Lotte Crayton, Lynne Shankel, Maggie McNeill, Martyn Axe, Michael Sample, Michael Shawn Lewis, Natalie Silverlieb, Nick Dalton, Nieva Acoba, Paul Loesel, Rona Siddiqui, Russ Kaplan, Sam Davis, Sara Wordsworth, Shannon O’Bryan, Taylor Williams, Tim Rosser, Tony Fuemmeler, Trent Jeffords, Tricia Berry, and Wendy Wheeler

We will be forever grateful!








The Maya Project | Teach for India

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Just one year ago, ASTEP and TFI joined forces to write and produce Maya The Musical, a project performed by low-income students from Pune, India. Teams of Volunteer Artists have spent countless hours composing music, choreographing the scenes, and rehearsing, rehearsing, rehearsing! The show is scheduled to open in November 2014 and then tour around the country, directly impacting all Teach For India’s 32,000 children, through the Maya Book, Curriculum ideas, Film and the 100 Artists Program!

Stay tuned for more updates as the countdown begins for opening night!

One special art project, led by ASTEP Volunteer Artist Asavari Thatte, selected 5 kids involved in Maya and had them analyze the concept of “story” or “narrative,” and contextualize it against the backdrop of their lived experiences or the narrative of Maya. The second part of the project was illustrating the stories they had written. Below are their final pieces:

Thank you to all of the Volunteer Artists who have helped make this new program such a success! Elle Sullivan, Garen McRoberts, Asavari Thatte, Wendy Wheeler, Allison Gibbons, Francesca Betancourt, Kelcie Miles, Andrea DeLonis, Danielle Mooney, Lotte Crayton and ASTEP Program Facilitator Nick Dalton






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