After more than 25 years in Red Hook, we’ve worked with tens of thousands of artists, educators, young people, and community members. We have had so many heartwarming experiences, and we’d love to hear yours! Share your HAM Story with us below.

Tell us about your HAM experiences!

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Stories

Pat

Pat

Principal / East Brooklyn Community High School

Hook Arts Media has been really integral to helping us build a positive school culture. The programs give young people a venue to tap into their own talents and feel more confident about themselves and their voice, and they share that voice with others in the school community and start to see school as a place where they can share their own talent and understand their talents, which becomes really important to young people feeling engaged in school.

Dave

Dave

Internship Coordinator / South Brooklyn Community High School

Even though the drop-out rate has lessened, the access to real economic mobility and upward mobility has not increased. The need for organizations like Hook Arts Media to partner with schools like SBCHS to offer career pathways to young people is critical to giving students a sense of future and real choice around where they want to go in their lives.

Sydney

Sydney

Teacher / South Brooklyn Community High School

What holds kids back from achievement is their psychology. They believe what society has told them. My [students] grew up believing that they are bad and not worthy, so that's what they have to get over. And to be able to express those feelings, there's no place else to do that except for Hook Arts Media arts classes."

Jive Poetic

Jive Poetic

Teaching Artist / East Brooklyn Community High School

Incorporating the arts into scholastic programming helps reestablish positive relationships between students and educators in an often stressful academic environment. Using the arts as a vehicle for expression helps students alleviate some of the pressures associated with being honest and open in what could be high-risk scenarios.

Our Programs

With an ever-expanding roster of accomplished artist-educators, Hook Arts Media proudly offers in-school and after-school programming in the following subjects:

Hook Arts Media Arts Education Programming Filmmaking Classes
Hook Arts Media Arts Education Programming Hip Hop Dance Classes
Hook Arts Media Arts Education Programming Theatre Classes
Hook Arts Media Arts Education Programming Drumming Classes
Hook Arts Media Arts Education Programming Hip Hop Poetry Classes
Hook Arts Media Arts Education Programming African Dance Classes

Our Impact

Truancy Reduction

Truancy Reduction

Over 80% of Hook Arts Media students report that Hook Arts Media classes increase their commitment to timely attendance.

Career & College Development

Career & College Development

Over 60% of Hook Arts Media students learn skills they plan to use to gain entry into their industry of interest.

Over 60% of Hook Arts Media students improve their time management- including class attendance and assignment completion.

Support Our Work

Whether you’ve come here to support Hook Arts Media’s free public events like Red Hook Fest, our filmmaking programs, or media and arts education programs in NYC schools, your donation today will help us serve NYC’s young people, community members, and educators. For more than 25 years, Hook Arts Media has proudly supported and served thousands of New York City youth. Our students have gone on to become educators, producers, filmmakers, and activists. Throughout our programs, they thoughtfully and critically engage with the realities of injustice and inequity, and they learn to show up and show out to facilitate the sustainable change they want to see in their communities. Join our efforts to show up and show out for our young people. Support Hook Arts Media to help us sustain our support in the future movers, shakers, and leaders of our city.

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