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  • Are you ready for Art for Progress 2.0?

    This month AFP will celebrate its 10 year anniversary. Over the last 10 years we’ve produced over 50 major events in NYC, Miami, San Francisco and Washington D.C. AFP has worked with thousands of students in the NYC Public Schools and with each year our programs are growing. AFP’s Arts Education Program is supported by a generous grant from the Sansom Foundation which enables AFP to support programs that have lost funding, provide alternative programs for gifted students and community workshops in the summer. We are committed to taking AFP from a small growing organization to a large prospering organization that can have a greater impact for children and artists. Our first step is to launch our new artist blog website (May 19th).

    We’re only a couple of weeks away from launching the new site and we’re excited about all the possibilities. With plans to have guest bloggers writing about the arts, education and events, the site will have plenty of fresh content. We’ll also need the artists to do their part by writing in their personal blogs and updating & sharing their work. The new site has all the bells and whistles that modern technology offers, and we’re going to do everything we can to make it a huge success. We have a marketing budget to provide the proper exposure for the new site, and our site already ranks on the first page of Google for a number of important searches. Along with the launch of the new site, we’ll be kicking off a series of events on May 25th in NYC.

    AFP will celebrate 10 years of supporting artists and arts education on Sunday, May 25th at The Bowery Electric. The event will kick off the summer season  and feature several great bands and DJ’s from NYC.  In September we’ll host our main celebration followed by an art exhibition in November.

    This is going to be a year to remember for AFP as we celebrate the past 10 years and the exciting future for the organization. We’re proud of all of the great achievements and the lives we have influenced and we look forward to so much more.

    Frank Jackson, Founder & Director


  • Dear Art for Progress Member,

    We are excited to announce that we are in the process of creating a new, advanced website for our members. Our current website was created in 2005. As you know, through the years there have been huge advancements in technology for websites. We have updated the site periodically with various improvements, but we decided recently to develop a totally new website. The new website will still have the great functionality, but the new site will be an interactive blog with many advanced functions.

    We are planning to launch our new designed web site including an interactive blog section in a few weeks’ time! This process began quite a while ago. Unfortunately, we experienced many challenges along the way, but we are very close now, and we hope that you will be as excited as we are to experience the new site!

    We are also updating the artist page section. For visual artists, the process for uploading your work will be the same. For music and video, you will now be able to embed your music via Soundcloud, Mixcloud and other similar sites. In the video section, you will be able to embed links via YouTube or Vimeo.

    In your personal blog section, you will be able to post your work, daily activities, anything related to your artistic passions, or even something that you feel is worth sharing. As an active AFP member you will also have the ability to easily connect with other AFP members. Some other features include; the three most read blogs, as well as the top five commented blogs. Also, posting to your favorite social media platform will be as easy as counting one to three. Every day, month we will be featuring artists and bloggers in various art genres.

    If you’re interested in blogging, let us know. We are planning to have a large rotation of regular bloggers on the site in various genres.

    In addition, we are budgeting for a long term marketing plan for the new site.

    Most importantly, we’ll need your help to get the site rocking! The more we share, post and interact with each other, the more traffic we’ll draw to the site.

    Please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance with getting your work updated etc. Contact us at

  • We’re hard at work creating the new AFP site and we’re planning to launch it very soon. The new site will be a blog based website with each artist also having a personal blog and many new features.  Everyone is super excited to experience the new site and you won’t have to wait much longer.

    In the meantime, we just launched this very cool new music series.

    We Deliver Presents Homegrown

  • On Sunday, we have another spectacular line-up of music & art, and the festivities get started just around the time the parade ends.  Sunday’s DJs & performers will take us on a bit of a different trip with a little more electro, a hip hop beat, or two and of course that big pop remix, but we’re not trying to categorize Mr. Tedd Patterson. That would be impossible.

    When Tedd steps to the decks a true musical journey will begin. Those who are familiar with his sets understand what to expect- a perfectly selected fusion of many dance music genres, and even a little bit of the unexpected.  Tedd’s long running residency at NYC’s Cielo is a mainstay in the dance music community and a place where dance music aficionados gather every month to experience Tedd’s creative, dynamic sets.  On the other hand, if you like the more popular vibe in today’s dance music sound, we have plenty of that as well.

    We’re pleased to have Ms. Chaisley Lussier playing with us for the first time, Chaisley will be joining us from Philadelphia where she’s been creating a name for herself with her many talents. Though she hales from the city of brotherly love , NYC has a lot of love for Chaisley too. You can find her playing at some of the cooler spots around town quite regularly.

    Next to take the stage will be AFP favorite Kevin Graves. When Kevin’s not remixing the latest pop chart buster, he’s traveling internationally spinning at top spots, creating major buzz and doing what he does best. Kevin is very active in the gay community and we know this is a special weekend for him and we’re happy to be sharing it with him.

    Stepping on stage next to takeover on the ones and twos is another AFP veteran spinner, Bass Control (aka Dennis Sebayan).  When Dennis is not spinning around town he’s hosting his UMF Radio Show on Sirius and helping Ultra plan for its next big festival.  With much experience gigging at Ultra each year in Miami, we’re excited to hear his track selections for Artists4Equality!

    Tunacola, our only scheduled live act on Sunday will take the stage at 8pm and we are jacked to have this popular, electro-pop hop group from Santiago Chile perform at the festival. The band is currently touring the U.S. with a high energy, infectious performance that’s not to be missed.  Tunacola’s style and flavor will be the perfect set up for our next performer, Roxy Cottontail.

    Roxy has been making a name for herself over the past several years with her unique flair and style. Her ascending career is highlighted by features on popular television shows and important industry magazines, invitations to perform at national festivals and production opportunities with some of the biggest names in the biz.  We’re thrilled to have her perform at AFP’s Artists4Equality Festival!

    When Tedd Patterson takes the stage for his closing set, the party will be in full swing with  high energy and a park full of smiling faces. Our celebration in support of equality and education will be coming to an end, but we will continue to fight for these same causes as a group and as individuals.