Class act! Donors go back to school for kids’ arts fund-raiser

Class act! Donors go back to school for kids’ arts fund-raiser
Twisting it: Yoga teacher Saskia Layden tries her hand at a different craft at InspireCorps’ fund-raiser at Camp Friendship in Park Slope on June 11.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

They put the fun in fund-raising!

A organization that sends Brooklyn artists to teach in low-income schools gave donors a hands-on look at its programs on June 11, throwing a benefit bash that included a dance lesson, yoga session, rap workshop, and other creative classes. The activities gave patrons an intimate look at exactly where their hard-earned greenbacks are going, said an organizer.

“I wanted them to experience what it’s like for the kids, rather than stand around being asked to contribute” said InspireCorps founder Stephanie Thompson, who also writes The Brooklyn Paper’s famed “Fearless Parenting” column.

Thompson started InspireCorps in 2013 as a way to get music, dance, drama, and other creative pursuits back into schools that have had to cut their arts programming. The organization pays dancers, musicians, illustrators, and writers to give one-off workshops and performances in their area of speciality.

They like to boogie: InspireCorps supporters got a first-hand look at the organization’s arts programming at a benefit on June 11.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Attendees at the shindig, which was held at Park Slope after-school center Camp Friendship, said the activities were a great way to see how the organization operates on the ground.

“It was a really good way to find out what InspireCorps was doing,” said donor Heather Millwood, “A good first-hand experience to see what the kids experience.”

InspireCorps raised over $9,000 at the benefit.

Fearless leader: InspireCorps founder Stephanie Thompson was all smiles at the organization’s spring fund-raiser.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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