About the NYC Kids Project
NYC Kids Project is a social justice arts organization advocating acceptance and inclusion. Performances and classroom programs use theatrical puppets, storytelling, sign-language, adaptive equipment and facilitated dialogue to focus on character development and anti-bullying issues. Audiences are encouraged to examine attitudes surrounding disabilities and differences, fostering empathy and awareness of commonalities.
History of the Project
NYC Kids Project has a long and distinguished record of service. NYC KP was established in by the NY State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities in 1981, as mainstreaming of students with disabilities become more prevalent in NYC schools and people with disabilities became more visible in the neighborhoods of the city. NYC KP has been presenting programs in the five boroughs of NYC since its inception, and over one million children in the city of New York have seen its performances. The team of educators working with NYC KP have 50 years of service combined, and have taught and performed nationally and internationally.
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