Art Defined Productions lives to offer support and opportunities for the Literary and Performing Artist living in underserved communities. This mission drives us to create free poetry, film, and playwriting workshops led by Award-Winning authors and directors. Additionally, our Poetic Affair open showcase help to highlight those very Artists. Recently, our funding well has run dry. With your help, we can continue our programming and finish off this year strong!
Just six months ago, New York City was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Art Defined sought ways to continue efforts in bringing arts education and performance to the community. However, we realized that because of Covid-19, our reach has gone farther than just our local community. Through online platforms like Zoom and Instagram Live, we are able to bring the arts to the anyone right in the comfort of their own living rooms. Our city has endured this disaster from suffering the largest death toll in its history and is making efforts to rebuild safe spaces for everyone. In our home borough of The Bronx, the impact is much more disastrous. The New York Times reported on May 18th, 2020 that The Bronx is the "hardest-hit" borough with "the highest rate for Coronavirus cases." Bronx residents have suffered a tremendous amount of loss and deaths. Much of the causality affects those from low-income households, with a median income of $38,000. The Bronx is the borough lowest quality housing infrastructure in all of the city. Sixty percent of Bronx residents pay more than what they can afford for housing, leading to overcrowded apartments as families try their best to move in with one another in order to make ends meet. One-fifth of those tenants are over the age of 62 and are the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Seventeen percent of essential workers in New York City reside in The Bronx. Out of that seventeen percent, nine percent are able to work from home. Which means more Bronx residents are at risk for contracting the virus and possibly passing it on to other members in their household.
With these facts, our organization has moved their services into a virtual space. Every month and nearly every week, our workshops and showcases have brought together the community to continue arts education and performance and share it with a much wider range. In fact, over the last few months, we have begun new relationships with local teaching artists, adding more free workshops. These works have expanded our community, reaching out to emerging and professional artists from different parts of the country and overseas including but not limited to London. We are humbled at the fact that we can now meet the needs of those who traditionally were not able to attend our workshops but because of this global pandemic, they are now able to do so. Now that's seeing the silver lining in this dark cloud. With your support, we will continue to extend our reach and provide hope for those in need.