Gluten free cookie brand Goodie Girl Cookies®, today shared news of a commitment to support the efforts of non-profit Art Start, an organization using the creative arts to transform young, at risk lives. We will support weekly music as therapy and visual art programming at family shelters in New York, providing plenty of cookies for snack time as well.
Founded by mompreneur and Tribeca resident Shira Berk, Goodie Girl Cookies is a homegrown brand that got its start in a community bakery in NYC and is now headquartered in Ridgefield, NJ. We believe in the transformative power of art as creative expression and the simple joy derived from the goodness of a sweet snack.
“As a kid, I was always bursting with creativity, whether in the kitchen, on stage, singing or painting. Grateful for the ways I could to explore my own artistry, I am passionate about connecting children with opportunities for imaginative exploration and expression,” said Berk. “At Goodie Girl, we truly believe art can change lives and are proud to have the opportunity to support such a great movement.”
Art Start nurtures the voices, hearts and minds of New York City’s underserved youth through consistent creative workshops inside homeless shelters, alternative to incarceration programs, and partnering youth agencies.
Art Start kids live in city shelters, on the streets, are involved in court cases, or surviving with parents in crisis. Through Art Start’s daily creative arts workshops taking place inside some of the city’s loneliest places, at-risk youth collaborate with local teaching artists and educators who donate their time and guidance to nurture the youth’s creativity and talents.
Learn more about our community engagement initiatives at https://www.goodiegirlcookies.com/portfolio-item/art-start/.