LeAp: Learning through an Expanded Arts Program

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LeAp is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of public education through a hands-on, arts-based approach to teaching the academic curriculum. LeAp empowers students to reach their full potential.

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LeAp is excited to be able to bring the arts and hands-on programs to even more NYC students this year! Mayor Bill de Blasio is expanding afterschool programs to include all middle schools citywide. As part of this initiative, LeAp has been awarded grants from NYC Department of Youth and Community Development to begin programs at four additional school sites to run major afterschool programs. We’re looking forward to working with students of J.H.S. 125 and M.S. 129 in the Bronx, and M.S. 51 and M.S. 88 in Brooklyn! For info, click here.

Congratulations to the extraordinary students of LeAp’s Public Art Program who unveiled their beautiful and meaningful large-scale artworks that address major social issues (from bullying, racism, and drug addiction, to violence, religious tolerance and teen pregnancy) at our exhibition kick-off at Union Square! Our citywide exhibition is currently on view in parks in all five boroughs from June through August. For info and press coverage on the student artworks and park locations, and LeAp’s Public Art Program, please click here.

LeAp is pleased to once again present a model Summer Quest program at P.S. 5 in the Bronx in partnership with the NYC DOE and DYCD. The program is aimed at preventing summer learning loss and preparing students for the next school year. Kids will participate in a wide range of lively learning activities from building full-sized wigwams and making fishing rods to use at Van Cortlandt Park, to investigating mummies at the Met and turning their classrooms into Egyptian tombs. Please click here for more information.

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LeAp News & Events


    July 29, 2014

    LeAp is pleased to be able to bring the arts and hands-on programs to even more NYC students this year!

    Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the expansion of afterschool programs to include all middle schools citywide. As part of this...

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  2. LeAp Launches 2014 Summer Quest Program at P.S. 5X

    July 07, 2014

    This summer, LeAp is honored to have been recognized by the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) to once again conduct a Summer Quest program at P.S. 5X in partnership with NYCDOE and the Department of Youth and Community...

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  3. LeAp OnStage 2014 Finale

    June 17, 2014

    The final performances of the 2014 LeAp OnStage Program were a great success! The 10 plays were performed on June 10 and 11 at the Pearl Theatre. 10 of NYC's youngest playwrights created these original narratives. To honor their...

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