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Materials for the Arts Facilitates Dance Supply Distribution to More Than 190 Schools

Capezio Ballet Makers announces its eighth annual donation of brand new dancewear to New York City public school students. In partnership with the Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects, schools with a full-time dance teacher and a dance program embedded in the schools’ curriculum were eligible to apply to receive free dance supplies including ballet shoes, leotards, skirts, and toe guards valued at $150,000. Originally serving 35 schools, the Capezio Ballet Makers program has increased its donation each year, supporting the steady growth of dance education in public schools. This year, 192 schools will receive the free dance supplies by visiting Materials for the Arts in Long Island City.

Capezio and the Department of Education have partnered with Materials for the Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs’ creative reuse center, to facilitate this distribution throughout the month of January. Materials for the Arts collects donations from businesses and individuals throughout the metro area and distributes them for free to NYC nonprofit organizations with arts programming and all New York City public schools.

A visit to Materials for the Arts allows dance teachers to pick up the Capezio items as well as obtain fabric, trim, craft materials, paper supplies, and more for costumes, scenery, and props that can be used for talent shows, recitals, in class, and annual productions. All DOE teachers can get materials from the 35,000 square foot warehouse in Long Island City for their classroom projects.

The Capezio dancewear donation benefits elementary, middle and high schools across the city, and schools are able to continue receiving dancewear from Capezio every year to add supplies to their collection. Some examples of participating schools include the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School, Manhattan, which puts on three productions annually that combine modern, jazz, and traditional African dance, and P.S. 164 Queens Valley School of the Arts, a K-8 school in which students create and perform original choreography.


Rachel Kuo (Materials for the Arts)


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