Running for the Arts

Running for the Arts

New York City Children’s Theater board member Javier Sanchez and NYC Public School Teacher Ashley Sokol are Running for the Arts during the New York City Marathon on November 6th, 2016 in support of New York City Children’s Theater. We are a nonprofit organization that produces high-quality original productions and delivers robust arts-in-education programs to children in all communities across the five boroughs.

Your donation will help to underwrite our education programs in public schools (in particular PS126 in Chinatown where Ashley teaches) which promotes children’s literacy and social development though theater and songwriting activities. Please support Javy, Ashley and New York City Children’s Theater!

Support Ashley

Ashley’s Goal
About Ashley:

About Ashley:

Ashley Sokol is a Special Education teacher at PS126 Manhattan Academy of Technology. PS126MAT is a Title 1 Pre K-8th grade school in Chinatown, serving a diverse group of learners. Ashley received a Bachelor of Arts at SUNY Purchase in photo journalism. She also holds a Masters in Social Work as well as a Masters in General and Special Education. She has been teaching at PS126 MAT for the past three years and has previously worked with Javier Sanchez at Broome Street Academy High School.

Ashley believes art is an outlet of expression and provides opportunities for students to explore and challenge their own abilities. She is excited to raise money to bring a New York City Children’s Theater programs to her school. She has always been a strong believer in incorporating arts as a means of creative learning. A NYCCT’s Literature at Play residency will expose PS126 MAT students to language through theater, increasing and developing literacy and public speaking skills.

Support Javy

Javy’s Goal
About Javy:

About Javy:

Javy has been working with young people as a youth worker, teaching artist, social worker and therapist, for almost two decades! His long history with New York City Children’s Theater (formerly Making Books Sing) started off ten and a half years ago when he was hired as the Associate Director of Education where he coordinated the arts in education programs while also teaching theater residencies in classrooms throughout the city. He has seen first-hand what a theater residency can do for students in the classroom.

As a NYCCT board member, Javy is dedicated to raising money for the arts in order for even more students (like those in PS126) to be exposed to the arts and literacy. A Colombian-New Yorker, Javy attended public schools his entire life, receiving both his B.A. in Theater Arts and Masters in Social Work from Hunter College.

“We believe such programming is essential to our student population because it will expose our students to NYC, cultural activities and support social and emotional learning. Bringing NYC Children’s Theater into our school community is another medium for our students to be creative and develop skills to express themselves in multiple modalities. The students at PS126 MAT and I thank you for your generous donations.  Come cheer me on!”

– Ashley Sokol

“The arts saved my life! I believe that every kid in this city deserves the opportunity to experience and create live theater. My hope is that through creating theater, students will discover a new way to share their voices, just like I did! I want to do my part in ensuring this happens which is why I am Running for the Arts!”

– Javier Sanchez

If you are running the 2016 New York City Marathon and would like to join NYCCT’s Running for the Arts, please contact Michelle Karem at 212-573-8791 ext. 17 or