Annual Report 2023

After three years of diligent planning and hard work, we can say without any doubt that the ArtSmart music mentorship program has a causal impact on the social and emotional well being of our students. 

ArtSmart on NPR’s All Things Considered

This 3-minute listen will brighten anyone's day. NPR's Buffy Gorilla sat down with Philly mentors and students. Listen to their voices.

ArtSmart Announces Its First $1 Million Gift from Philanthropist and Patron of the Arts Maria Manetti Shrem: NATIONAL TEACHING ARTISTS TO BE NAMED MARIA MANETTI SHREM MENTORS

ArtSmart announced today that it has received its first million-dollar donation over five years, given by Philanthropist and Patron of the Arts Maria Manetti Shrem. 

ArtSmart Welcomes Three New Board Members

We could not be more proud of our graduates. Learn what some of them are up to next!

What Our ’23 Grads Are Up to Next

We could not be more proud of our graduates. Learn what some of them are up to next!

Michelle Frank’s Take on Mentorship and Arts Access for Urban Students

An ArtSmart site ambassador retires from teaching to be Executive Director of the Philadelphia Boys and Girls Choirs. In this interview, Michelle Frank discusses her background, mentorship, and access to the arts for urban students.

Donor Spotlight: Joseph Della Fave sees ArtSmart’s impact firsthand

When Michael brought the idea of ArtSmart to him, Mr. Della Fave suggested starting ArtSmart at Eastside High School in the Ironclad section of Newark because it was where Michael’s grandmother Marie Fabiano graduated. For Mr. Della Fave, this would be the return of the prodigal grandson. Marie was a talented concert pianist, whose accolades included performing at Carnegie Hall, and had a major influence on Michael.

Student Stories: Kathryn Moran Receives Lessons Despite Geographical Barriers

Kathryn Moran ('23) was one of the first students to receive virtual voice lessons in the Adirondacks, where there is a lack of teachers for extracurricular activities due to geographical barriers

Students Blossom With New Music Program at Lincoln High School

ArtSmart Students Perform “True Colors” at Jersey City Public School's District-Wide Showcase. Music Mentorship Builds Community and Increases School Attendance

George Shirley Unanimously Voted as Chairman of the Board of ArtSmart

George Shirley, famed soprano Latonia Moore, and NYC School Principal Rosemary Vega join ArtSmart Board


Transforming Lives: Michael Fabiano and John Viscardi’s ArtSmart

ArtSmart featured on the cover of Classical Singer Magazine

Michael Fabiano – ArtSmart news item

The Man in the Arena: Michael Fabiano with Ed Berliner

Ed Berliner speaks with World Renowned Tenor & Former Baseball Ump Michael Fabiano

Michael Fabiano with San Francisco Chronicle – ArtSmart news item

San Francisco Chronicle with Michael Fabiano

Michael Fabiano’s passion for opera, education, meet in ArtSmart. Read this article by Tony Bravo.


Find out how ArtSmart has made a difference to our students lives and helped them achieve success.

Katelyn – ArtSmart music student


Find out how ArtSmart helped Katelyn develop her singing skills and how her music lessons benefited her emotionally in other school lessons.

Isaias – ArtSmart music student


Read about how ArtSmart has encouraged Isaias to step out of his comfort zone and discover the power that music has to connect with people.

Nevontae – ArtSmart student


Read about Nevontae's ArtSmart experience and how music has helped develop his self-confidence and find unique learning techniques.

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