Doing Art Together, Inc. began organically by Muriel Silberstein-Storfer, who taught renowned Parent/Child workshops to members of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the late 1970s and 1980s. Ms. Silbertsein-Storfer was dedicated to using the arts to create new dialogues between children and their parents, and as a result, decided that she wanted to share her philosophy and methodology more widely; so she wrote a book “Doing Art Together” and started to offer the classes outside of the museum.
New York City had just endured the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, and the arts were cut almost completely out of schools. As Doing Art Together’s (DAT) Parent/Child workshops began to be provided in New York City Schools, it became apparent that there was a greater need for art classes to under-resourced populations throughout the City. DAT began to provide these as well, and became a separate non-profit arts education organization in 1987, providing hands-on programs to under-served audiences with a focus on children and their families. DAT’s programs are designed to build skills and enhance the ability to learn; these lessons are easily transferred from the classroom to life, engaging our participants in their educational process and preparing them to embark into civic society.
DAT thrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until 2003, when it moved briefly to the Jewish Community Center and then secured its own space in 2006. In 2011, DAT moved to the Oberia D. Dempsey Multi-Service Center to be a part of the community in which it serves.
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