Our Mission

Our mission is to help those who help others.  Through therapy and accessibility to the arts for all audiences, we strengthen, recharge and revitalize individuals, families, schools and communities.

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our Core Values

The core values that underline our working relationships are the heart of Half Full Institute.  These core values power our non-profit organization's growth and impact in the New York City area and our employees' personal and professional growth in the office and in the field.  They are central to how we interact with our clients, partners and with each other.

The Half Full Institute recognizes that communities don't alway have the resources to deal with psychological and psychosocial issues, and with our support, can be empowered to solve their own difficulties in sustainable and culturally sensitive ways.

The Half Full Institute is committed to providing the highest quality arts experiences and providing accessibility to learning and performances for all audiences.  We provide educational arts initiatives that enrich the lives of youth, their families and communities.

Helping those who help others

  • Work closely and collaboratively with parents, teachers, students and administrators to tailor programs to the specific needs of each child, family, and school, with a focus on building capacity in the support systems and safety nets for young people.
  • Provide a comprehensive menu of therapeutic services for children with developmental, learning and social disabilities, their families, schools and related communities.


Free access to the fine arts

  • Providing disadvantaged communities with the resources to create and experience high quality music, visual art, dance and theater.
  • Partner with other non-profit organizations and artists to create stronger and healthier individuals and communities through music theater, art and dance.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be
— Abraham Maslow