By Leslie Rice Hart
New York is a mecca for young artists seeking arts and culture. However, many of these striving youngsters are not fortunate enough to afford a ticket to a museum or a show. High 5, the non-profit organization, is helping change that. High 5 is dedicated to making the arts affordable for teens, ages 13 to 18, or any student enrolled in a middle or high school program. They can be from anywhere in the world; they do not have to be necessarily from New York. Through High 5, any teen can buy $5 tickets to some of New York’s finest dance, music, theater, film, museum and spoken word events. Each teen can purchase one additional $5 ticket, enabling an adult, another teen or a pre-teen, to accompany them.
Another great program is High 5′s Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Program. Junior and senior high school students, who have a passion for arts and writing, may submit applications for the opportunity to be a part of TRaC. If accepted they become critics for High 5, attending and writing reviews on the events they have attended through High 5. Professional critics and writers teach the teens how to write reviews. The reviews are posted on High 5′s website and other online publications and school newspapers. The TRaC program provides a creative outlet for the students and helps improve their writing skills.
For more information on High 5 visit their website at www.Highfivetix.org.