The arts can have a profound effect on people of all ages, from offering an emotional outlet to allowing young people to have their voices heard. Dance, music, visual art, theater and even cooking are all wonderful ways to get creative and learn to relax, boost self-esteem and make social connections that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Playing a musical instrument can even help a child learn about math and reading concepts in a new way, which is why getting a child with a disability involved in the arts is so rewarding.
Launched in 2016, by current Executive Director, Olakunle Oladehin, EDN! NYC has been serving youth in the city and surrounding boroughs in partnership with local settlements, public schools, and community centers. We were excited to see the community come together to celebrate its first Day of Movement event in Manhattan.