About the NYC Kids Project

NYC Kids Project is an arts/education organization advocating empathy, acceptance, and inclusion. Performances/classroom visits include the use of large theatrical puppets, storytelling, and sign-language--as well as an extensive question and answer period. The focus is on character development and social/emotional learning. Audiences talk with our puppet characters to ask questions about belonging and understanding others. They are encouraged to examine attitudes surrounding disabilities and differences while fostering empathy and an awareness of what truly connects us all. "We may be different on the outside, but on the inside, we are the same."

History of the Project

NYC Kids Project has a long and distinguished record of service, having been established by the NY State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities in 1981. As the mainstreaming of students become more prevalent in NYC schools and people of differing abilities became more visible throughout the city, it became apparent that children of all abilities needed to be taught to be more inclusive. To date, more than one million children, in all five boroughs, have seen our performances. In school year 2017/2018, our team of educators worked with 8500 students in over 35 schools.

NYC KP has received the following awards:

  • L’Arche Foundation Educational Travel Award, for travel to Poland, to teach Kids Project techniques - 2011, 2014

  • Participant in Gracie Mansion Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day - 2007-2013

  • NYC Proclamation by Mayor Michael Bloomberg - 2007

  • The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Excellence Award - 2002