About Downtown Art

Downtown Art works with teen artists to create original theater, music, and performance events and to champion the capacities of young people in a world which often dismisses their contributions.

The company takes the following core concepts as central to all programs it develops:

  • The work of young artists can be powerful and renewing for the entire community.
  • Young artists can make work that is on a par with that of adults—work that is complex, thoughtful, resonant, and insightful.
  • Adults habitually underestimate the capacity of teens.
  • To grow creatively, teens need serious creative challenges. To grow as community leaders, teens need both a community and opportunities to lead within it.
  • The creative and leadership contributions of teens to NYC are under recognized and under supported.
  • By demonstrating the capacity of the teens in our company, Downtown Art demonstrates the potential in all teens.

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