Our Programs


DAT aims to provide outstanding studio art programs for children and youth who come from under-resourced communities. We use art to motivate learning for the participants and to engage parents in their children’s education. We believe that through our approach, art will open minds, enrich lives and ultimately transform communities.

"I learned to create even though I feel I can't draw."

Our educational philosophy emphasizes process. We believe that the greatest value to be gained from doing art is often the experience itself, internalized for future reference. Calling on imagination, observation and creative problem solving, our programs are designed to build skills and enhance the ability to learn across disciplines.

"They let you do art in your own way."

DAT instructors, all trained in the methods developed by leading art educators in a lineage going back to the Museum of Modern Art, encourage students to experiment with a variety of materials, express their own ideas and feelings and make discoveries. The emphasis is on the relationship between thinking and doing art.

We collaborate with New York City schools and social service agencies to develop art education programs designed to encourage learning, creativity and self-confidence. Such programs, integrated with school curricula and supported by parent participation, serve the developmental needs of the participants who may include special education students, drug rehabilitation patients, teenage parents and GED students.  DAT  also offers visual arts workshops for parents and also conducts professional development workshops in visual art for teachers and administrators.

We embrace a non-judgmental approach to art in which no student’s work is considered better, or not as good as that of another. In this supportive environment, everyone succeeds and takes pride in a final exhibition. 



  • PS 179
  • Bronx 459
  • Bronx 10 363 Middle School
  • Bronx Leadership Academy
  • Creston Academy Middle School
  • Harlem Youth Court
  • Promesa
  • Seton Residence
  • Adolescent Skills Center (ASC)
  • Back On Track Middle School


  • Brooklyn Youth
  • Dynamite
  • Maxwell Middle School Restart
  • KAVI (Kings against Violence Initiative
    at Kings County Hospital)


  • PS 36
  • PS 96
  • PS 125
  • PS 133
  • PS 161
  • PS 194
  • PS 226
  • Abyssinian Development Corporation
  • CARES I, 2 and 3
  • Friends of Island Academy
  • George Washington Middle School
  • Harlem After Care After-School
  • Harlem Community Justice Center
  • Harlem Court-Involved Youth After-School
  • Harlem Youth
  • Odyssey House
  • Pathway to Graduation, District 79
  • Planet Harlem Mural
  • Thurgood Marshall Academy


  • Adolescent Skills Center
  • Channel View
  • Daytop
  • Flushing Middle School
  • Mott Haven Middle School
  • Outreach House
  • Pathway to Graduation
  • Queens Court Academy


  • Youth Justice, Camelot


  • Dynamite Youth Fallsburg
  • Odyssey House

Visual skills are of great importance in a child’s overall growth. They enhance other areas of a child’s education, such as creative writing, history, mathematics and social sciences. More importantly, they are an indication of an open mind, which benefits everybody.

— Muriel Silberstein-Storfer