Dorill Initiative

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Dorill Initiative is a multidisciplinary arts organization committed to empowering youth to tell their stories and transform communities. We train our youth to develop a unique voice through literary, visual, and performing arts education. Our goal is to help each young artist develop a deeper understanding of self, and advance their artistic capacity. Through the power of creativity and artistic expression, our youth will create a ripple effect of positive change in the communities we serve.

Dorill mobilizes our city’s youth to transform the social narrative through art and explore new perspectives through engagement with the broader community. 

Open Arts LES 2020 Interview

Special Programs for Youth

Saturday Arts Program 

Saturday Arts Program at Dorill Initiative is held at The Lower East Side Girls Club and serves NYC youth between the ages of 9 – 12 and 13 – 18.
The program focuses on art composition as a bridge between arts and community engagement. In the morning, students will participate in performing arts classes centered around dramatic arts and various styles of dance. In the afternoon, students partake in workshops working on projects addressing issues students see and care about in their communities.


Culturally Responsive Curriculum
Social Consciousness & Awareness
Self Esteem
Academic Success
Community Involvement
Multidisciplinary arts instruction 

Codifying the teaching and engagement expectation: How does it look in action?