Go Local – Art After Dark

What better way to enjoy a museum than during one of its after hours events? Music, art, drinks, and there’s typically an age requirement of 21 and up. This is one of my favorite times to visit some of the museums in New York City either solo, with friends, or for date night.

Art After Dark at The Guggenheim
1071 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10128

Hours:  9 pm–midnight

$18 guests and general public (credit card only at the door); cash bar

At its Art After Dark program, the Guggenheim transforms into a cocktail-driven, DJ-studded, fashion-forward event designed to introduce the masses to the museum’s art collections without the formality of daylight the first Friday of most months. The DJs change frequently and often bring a highly loyal fan base with them.  Lines can be long, so it’s best to arrive early. http://www.guggenheim.org

Target Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11238

Hours: 5pm – 11pm

Free

On the first Saturday of every month, the Brooklyn Museum hosts Target Saturdays, an evening of special events and drinks.The  is transformed into a DJ-thumping, bodies moving, fun dance party. Attendees also enjoy live music, special programs, and access to all of the museum’s exhibits until 11pm! Each month is a different theme i.e African Dance, Hispanic Culture, Pride, etc…Children are welcome at attend this event and there is special programing for them as well. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org

K2 Nights at Rubin Museum

150 W 17th St., New York, NY 10011

Hours: Fridays, 6pm – 10pm

Free

Every Friday night, the Rubin Museum’s Serai Restaurant morphs into the K2 Lounge, serving cocktails and Asian tapas.  Admission to the galleries is free from 6-10pm, and you can stroll the museum’s Himalayan-themed exhibits while DJs spin accompanying tunes. The museum hosts special curated exhibits, film viewings and live music performances. Arrive early for the 2-for-1 drink specials offered from 6-7pm. http://www.rmanyc.org

Late Nights at the MOMA

11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019

Hours: Fridays, 4pm – 8pm

Free

Admission is free for all visitors during UNIQLO Free Friday Nights, held every Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Your UNIQLO Free Friday Night ticket permits you to all other Museum galleries, exhibitions, and films. http://www.moma.org

Uptown Fridays! At the Studio Museum in Harlem

144 West 125th Street, New York, New York 10027

Hours: Fridays 6pm – 9pm

Free

Join friends and neighbors to dance to the sounds of the DJ in the Studio Museum’s courtyard, check out the exhibitions on view during guided tours, browse through the innovative items in the Museum Store, and enjoy great food and creative cocktails at the Atrium Café.Uptown Fridays is FREE and open to the public. Visit their website for the next Uptown Friday event. http://www.studiomuseum.org 

Until next time! -xo AGT

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Out and About

Escape to Portugal

Wine + Cheese = Love

Allow you senses to take you on a journey. Explore new countries without even leaving your couch by trying new wines. I attended the grand tasting/showcasing of Portugal’s wines, exploring the dry reds of Bairrada to the delicious whites from Vinho Verde. Wines were organized by region instead of whites to reds, so we were all mixing wines all night long. Good thing there were plenty of passed hors d’oeuvres going around.

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What are some of your favorite wines to drink? Do you prefer reds or whites? I’m more of a white wine lover, but I’ll indulge in a glass of red from time to time.

The next tasting will be help to usher in the Summer season with a rooftop tasting and trivia night at Tavern 29, June 17th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm . Mark your calendars and take advantage of early bird prices of $35 using promo code WPTNYC. Visit http://www.winesofportugal.com/us/news-and-events/events-calendar to purchase your tickets and to check out tastings being held in other cities. Hope to see you there!

Spring Into Action Fundraising Social

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Fostering Change for Children kicked off Foster Care Awareness Month with their annual Spring fundraiser at EVR. A non-profit organization based in NYC, their mission is “to improve the lives of children, families, and the individuals that support them through a wide range of innovative programs and professional trainings focused on fostering meaningful connections and finding positive and permanent solutions for youth in foster care.” www.fosteringchangeforchildren.org

The organization works to promote positive change within the child welfare system, and follows the mantra, one child at a time, which allows them to focus and provide the necessary attention to each individual without losing sight of the bigger picture. Three programs currently in place to support youth in the child welfare system are;

Children’s Corps – is a rigorous training program that develops case workers and matches them with child welfare agencies.

Adoptment – an adoption mentoring program where adults who have been adopted or spent time in foster care mentor youth who are going through similar experiences.

Specialized Training – developed to help empower service providers, policy makers, legal advocates, and others to see themselves as powerful “change agents” on behalf of children and families.

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SONYA SPANN
Marketing and Development Manager

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BARRY CHAFFKIN, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer

Barry Chaffkin, LCSW, the CEO and co-founder for Fostering Change for Children also celebrated a milestone birthday that night! Happy Birthday Barry!  He has worked in child welfare for over 17 years, directly supervising the reunification of over 900 children with their families as well as finalizing adoptions of over 900 children from the New York foster care system. Barry strongly believes that every child deserves a safe and permanent family, and has dedicated his life to finding new and creative ways to achieve this. Barry has two wonderful children of his own with whom he loves to spend time.

Child welfare is a concern across the country and around the world. Learn more about how you can help Fostering Change for Children by visiting their website www.fosteringchangeforchildren.org. Let’s help one child at a time in New York City, the United States, and around the World. A co-worker and friend of mine blogs at, Crazy Life of the Wilks FamilyShe has an amazing story to tell, follow her and her family’s journey as they adopt a child in need from China.

Enjoying Beautiful  Spring Days in NYC

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Until next time! xo-AGT

Go Local – A Lasting Impression

When you travel to new places do you aspire to make a difference? To leave knowing that you had a positive impact on someone’s life?

Here are some organizations in the New York City area that are making strides in the community, inspiring change, and empowering others. Visit their websites to learn more!

City Girl Beauty Project – ​Women whose lives were affected by domestic violence and human trafficking, coming together to make a difference and be apart of the solution. ​The mission of City Girl Beauty Project is empower and impact the lives of young girls and women (ages 18 – 30) who struggle with uncertainty and low self worth as they transition into a life after domestic violence and human trafficking. – http://www.givingisglamorous.org

Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals saving and re-homing thousands of New York City’s dogs and cats, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, is the sole umbrella organization for animal welfare in NYC.  The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is committed to seeing the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament is killed merely because he or she does not have a home. http://www.animalalliancenyc.org

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Baby Buggy – Since 2001, Baby Buggy has donated over 6 million items to families in need, including diapers, strollers, bottles and toys. Their motto “Love, Recycled” fuels their mission to help families in need. – http://babybuggy.org

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) –  “nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN’s mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals.” – http://www.keennewyork.org

Forestdale Inc – an organization dedicated to the future of the children of Queens [They] are committed to breaking the destructive cycle of poverty and trauma that afflicts generations of inner-city children…[Their] mission is to ensure that children have the fundamental assets they need to grow into independent and engaged adults, specifically a secure home life, education and workforce opportunity, and health literacy. With a history of service dating back to 1854, Forestdale serves as a resource for families from Astoria to Far Rockaway. http://forestdaleinc.org

Beating Cancer in Heels – Dedicated to the empowerment of women the organization provides programming that helps the individual function in their own world with a positive attitude, and a face of hope and strength.

If you are in the NYC area Thursday, May 2nd check out  the “City Girl Beauty Project’s Launch and Annual Fundraiser for survivors of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence. Learn more about the organization, their new project, and how you can help empower and inspire survivors. Visit http://citygirlbeautyproject.eventbrite.com for more details.

I hope to see you there! What are some of your favorite local organizations to volunteer with?

Until next time -xo AGT