Arts for Art

New York City, NY

Arts For Art is dedicated to serving a diverse community of artists and audiences in music, dance, poetry and visual arts that utilizes improvisation as a way to express a larger, more positive American dream of inclusion and freedom.

Founded in 1996, Arts For Art (AFA) is a New York City based tax exempt organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of FreeJazz -- an African 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 Free Jazz as African American multi-cultural art form, but to ensure a vital future through its re-imagination by new generations of artists.

AFA offers multi-arts programs throughout the year that reflect and respond to our world. It brings together multiple generations of diverse, vibrant and highly skilled artists. AFA cultivates new audiences to protect this unique aesthetic so as to remain contemporary and available.

In addition to presenting performances and to further our goals of diversity and accessibility, we foster education initiatives that are free to all of our students while focusing on those in need.

All of our events are designed to deepen engagement with a growing community of diverse artists and audiences.  

Arts for Art is part of the great tradition of aesthetic and social liberation that constitutes black social life. Emerging from the FreeJazz movement of the 1960’s and 70’s, AFA is committed to socially conscious, innovative creativity and to the diversity of its leadership, membership and audiences.