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Sustain and grow this full scholarship, comprehensive arts program for kids in the Washington Heights community
Sustain and grow this full scholarship, comprehensive arts program for kids in the Washington Heights community
170 backers pledged $20,629 to help bring this project to life.

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Washington Heights Community Conservatory of Fine Arts

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Hi, I am Adan Vasquez, concert harpist from the Dominican Republic and the President of the Association of Dominican Classical Artists. 

As a resident company at Aaron Davis Hall, ADCA brings free performances of classical, folkloric and traditional Latin American music to Upper Manhattan communities through a series of orchestral and chamber music concerts.
As a resident company at Aaron Davis Hall, ADCA brings free performances of classical, folkloric and traditional Latin American music to Upper Manhattan communities through a series of orchestral and chamber music concerts.

ADCA is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of ADCA must be made payable to Association of Dominican Classical Artists only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Ever since I was 16, it has been my dream to pass the gift of music and the arts to the next generation, especially to those who don’t have access. After moving to the US, grew even stronger. In 1997 I started teaching with the NYC department of education. I felt alone in my passion for the arts. Many of my peers didn’t see the value and the budgets for arts programs continued to be cut. This lack of funding first and foremost hurts students by limiting access to the arts to those that can afford it.

So, in 2011, along with ADCA, I opened an arts school offering conservatory quality classes free of charge. The Washington Heights Community Conservatory for the Fine Arts was born.

THE WASHINGTON HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CONSERVATORY OF FINE ARTS

Our mission is to enrich the lives of children in Washington Heights, Inwood and Harlem; communities that have been historically underserved in the areas of music and art instruction. The conservatory offers an inclusive culturally sensitive environment founded on the belief that instruction in the arts strengthen academic performance and transform the lives of children regardless of socioeconomic background.

Students receive one on one individual instruction -one student per teacher- providing the opportunity for concentrated work and individual attention
Students receive one on one individual instruction -one student per teacher- providing the opportunity for concentrated work and individual attention

Our main goal is to offer children with an artistic inclination the opportunity to develop their talent and pursue an artistic career in the conservatory or in fine arts. Working parallel to their school career, our students follow a rigorous 6 year curriculum to develop the necessary tools to present a musical or theatrical audition or prepare a visual arts portfolio to pursue an artistic career after high school.

WHCCFA Advanced Orchestra
WHCCFA Advanced Orchestra
Kindergarten class
Kindergarten class

Today we have 80 music students playing all kinds of instruments. We’ve recently added a woodwinds section and are continuing to expand into other art areas including theater, visual arts and dance. In total we have 137 students across all our art forms.

Visual Arts
Visual Arts
Theatre
Theatre

We have the students, we have the mission and we have the passion, but to continue this dream we need you. We are in need of new instruments, art supplies and salaries for our teachers.

GOAL

$20,000

  • we will be able to expand our woodwind department by hiring a flute teacher and buying 5 flutes for our students.
  • expand our visual arts department and provide art materials for our students.
  • hire 2 theater instructors and provide them with scripts, props and other materials that they need.

STRETCH GOALS

$30,000

  • we will be able to have a full woodwinds department at WHCCFA 

$50,000

  • integrate a full brass department at WHCCFA

With your contribution we can continue to offer quality arts to the NYC community free of charge.

Risks and challenges

We are incredibly grateful of receiving support as one of the community projects in the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center and as a resident company at Aaron Davis Hall. The support we receive for the conservatory limits us to the amount of students and teachers that we currently have. In order for our conservatory to fully grow and become a staple in the community, we need to diversify our support and become financially independent. Your contribution will get us closer to that goal.

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    Reserved seats for our upcoming ADCA concert "Homage to Female composers from Latin America" Thursday, April 21, 2016 7:00 PM at Aaron Davis Hall, Theatre B.

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    Reserved seats for all four concerts from our upcoming season 2016-2017

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