Artists Striving to End Poverty | What can we do with art?
A discussion on the role of the artist in society and the many perceptions of poverty. We will unpack how to use your talent to affect change in the world and the role of art in empowering the impoverished. How do we become more active members of our communities? What can we do with our art?
Samantha Manfredi is an artist activist and performer originally from California and is now living in NYC working as Manager of Programs at ASTEP | Artists Striving to End Poverty. Before ASTEP, Samantha received her B.A. in Theatre and Dance, was the Artistic Director at The Audacity Performing Arts Project, Inc. and Program Manager for the Arts for Social Justice Program at Santa Clara University. Samantha has taught workshops ranging from choreography, Shakespeare, auditioning techniques, voice lessons, and everything in between. She is honored to be doing work that helps people realize their dreams are beautiful, attainable, and 100% worth it.
ASTEP was conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art. Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with youth from underserved communities in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.