Arts For Art (AFA) is a New York City based nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of FreeJazz – an American indigenous art form in which improvisation is principle.
FreeJazz embodies music, dance, poetry and visual arts. It is recognized for its variety of highly developed and personalized improvisational languages. AFA works not only to preserve the legacy of FreeJazz, but to ensure a vital future through its re-imagination by new generations of artists.
You play free jazz on the street and everyone gets it. This idea that it’s elitist is nonsense… The whole thing about the music, this ‘free’ thing is it’s not about just playing. Some people think ‘free’ is just blasting out. That’s an element of freedom… but it’s really the freedom to play the music or dance the dance or paint the whatever… to do it as it comes to you without fear. Just really releasing yourself to the creativity that’s coming through you. – Patricia Nicholson
Arts for Art offers multi-arts programs throughout the year. AFA offers educational opportunities for youth through The Vision Youth Band, after school programming, and community centers. AFA provides free performances in Lower East Side community gardens through our Fall In Gardens Series. AFA’s artists organize the Free World Project, a creative tool to bring attention to essential human rights and the importance of protecting our earth, our world. Arts for Arts hosts weekly meetings to organize and strategize.
For more information about AFA’s programs and opportunities, visit their website.