ALEGRIA exists to cultivate artistry and develop leadership in youth.

We achieve this through short-term art intensives and sustained arts education programming, using a curriculum grounded in creative expression and social development skills.


The Need

We believe in building a better tomorrow, today. Studies have shown students who participate in the arts perform better academically and socially. Art education is vital for the formation of well-rounded youth, our future leaders.



ALEGRIA works to provide underserved youth with basic access to the arts and the ability to explore creative expression, while also developing strong social skills. We combine objective art principles with the fundamental tools necessary to become productive members of society.



Through localized arts education initiatives with professional teaching artists, we provide free access to arts education opportunities for underserved youth.

Joy Projects

Week-long introductory level workshops focused on basic art skills in multiple disciplines.


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After School Programs

Weekly after school art intensives culminating in community enrichment projects.


Community Art Classes

Free youth art classes open to the community, taught by professional artists.



Over the past eighteen months, we have expanded our work to New York City. We have collaborated with four organizational partners to mobilize 21 professional volunteer teaching artist that have served over 100 youth across the Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx boroughs.



Since our inception in 2010, we have seen our initial work grow year over year. What began as one joy project serving 100 kids in La Comunidad de Niños Sagrada Familia, has expanded to bi-annual joy projects and community music program consisting of a 35-seat orchestra and a traditional Andean-Peruvian band serving over 300 youth annually.


Get Involved

Our work is possible only through the sustained efforts of generous volunteers, donors, and advocates. Consider giving the gift of art education by partnering with us in the following ways:


Volunteer your time to mentor a student, teach an art class, or join in on an upcoming community project. 


Every penny matters. Monthly and single donations help us continue serving our students.


Help spread the word about ALEGRIA! Become an advocate for youth art education and community enrichment.