Arts for Kids founders Vincent and Karen Ector (right) take a pause from the festivities to take a photograph with Congressman Donald Payne Jr. (center) Principal English, Tyson Director of Bands Dr. Oscar Petty, and AFK Board member Rod Spearman.

Kids in communities like East Orange deserve the same kind of arts and music education that their peers in more affluent areas get, and programs like Arts for Kids are essential for closing that gap and making sure that all of our students are exposed to creative arts. I visited this wonderful program at the Cicely Tyson School of the Performing Arts this week to see up-close how it is impacting our children. The American Rescue Plan created opportunities to direct critical funding to governments and organizations like this that support our communities, and I’m proud to have been able to deliver this assistance to keep this program running.

Congressman Donald Payne