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Artistic Dreams International

3 Years


Our Mission & Vision

MISSION: Leverage art in after school programs to inspire leadership and impact literacy in global affluent and non affluent communities.

VISION: Develop young artists to know themselves as capable leaders committed to use art and literacy to reduce poverty.

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In 2014, to separate Artistic Dreams International from many educational arts non-profits that only offer one-touch workshops, I teamed ADI up with Leap4change. The goal was to leverage the arts to develop a potent leadership curriculum and model that simultaneously inspired student voice, built global partnerships, and created impactful change. The partnership. resulted in a three-year curricular structure with intensive arts access, leadership and literacy training.

Today, ADI offers nine arts and leadership classes in seven locations in New York City, including four public schools and two public libraries, as well as two locations in Sonora, Mexico. ADI now provides arts access with a focus on visual arts, yoga/movement, and music and singing.

Moreover, at Artistic Dreams, in addition to arts access, children experience:

  • Technology-based Cultural Exchange
  • Leadership
  • Global Awareness
  • Year-long classes

ADI recently celebrated its five year anniversary in New York City, honoring the artwork of the committed students of ADI as well as the hard work and dedication of the educators, board members, and donors that make ADI possible. I hope ADI will continue to grow in NYC and Mexico as well as around the world, inspiring children everywhere to dream big, create art, and lead with confidence.

– Lillian Alonzo Marin
Founder & Artistic Director at Artistic Dreams International

Areas of Impact



Lillian Alonzo Marin
Founder & Artistic Director, ADI
Llano Blanco, Sonora, Mexico

George Bruce & Hamilton Grange Libraries
Harlem, NYC

Public Schools 36, 125, & 210
Harlem, NYC

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Over the past few months, Artistic Dreams International has been providing Yoga/Mindfulness classes to a group of K-5 students. Every Tuesday their teacher, Eli Walker, has led groups through a series movements and games that got them to stretch, breath, and connect their minds and bodies. Kids let their creativity fly as they made up their own original yoga poses too, like, "snowball", "car pose" and "super-hero" pose

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Join us this Saturday. Bring your family and have fun!

For more information: kate@artisticdreams.org

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Today 45 Artistic Dreams International children in Mexico went to the movies for the first time in their life thanks to generous donors! They were thrilled and very excited for this great opportunity! They saw #PixarCoco and loved it!!! #createtheworld #ADImakingadifference www.artisticdreams.org

Hoy 45 niños de Sueños Artísticos Internacional en Sonora, México fueron al cine por primera vez en su vida gracias a generosos donantes! Los niños estuvieron emocionados y felices de tener esta oportunidad! Vieron Coco de #pixar
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Nuestras clase en Llano Blanco, Sonora.
Nuestros niños estuvieron muy inspirados y motivados. Fue una clase espectacular!

"La inspiración existe, pero tiene que encontrarte trabajando." - Pablo Picasso

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Thank you for donating to our cause!

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