"Bent But Not Broken"
Performing Arts & Wellness
TPFF is a 501(c)(3) is a community-based non-profit organization that builds on a lifetime commitment to improving the health and well-being of our local communities and beyond. Based on the simple belief that with access, opportunity, and support, everyone can participate in activities to encourage positive change for personal and collective improvement.
TPFF’s mission is to support local communities, including, but not limited to, student populations, young and emerging artists, at-risk youth, and adult populations with or without physical and behavioral health challenges. We provide access to resources for cultural enrichment and promotion of health and wellness through programs, workshops and financial support to members of those communities and contribute to both their progress and success as well as the progress and success of those communities as a whole.
Establishing a Performing Arts & Wellness Center in the Northeast Bronx
Respect, Integrity, Ethics, Stewardship, Commitment to diversity
Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts,
Folk & Traditional Arts and Wellness
News & Updates
Our Theater/Drama program, “Creating Theater in the Curve” - Twisted was offered to the participants of Project Friendship at the Spreckman Community Center. Under the direction of MaryAnn Penzero, TPFF Program Director, Theater/Drama. Participants included staff community members, caregivers/takers who shared experiences with scoliosis. This program in keeping with our goals, opens conversations about coping with and overcoming the challenges we face. In and through the arts, we share and connect and work toward wellness. Watch for the remaining workshops for this program through the end of December.
This year, we are thrilled to share that we are holding our first annual, “Community Matters” fundraising Gala at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) on Monday, October 23, 2023 from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Please join us. All funds raised through this event will be used to offer free community programs in dance, music, folk & traditional arts, theater/drama, visual arts, wellness, scholarships for students and creating a performing arts & wellness center in the Northeast Bronx.
Register Here: https://e.givesmart.com/events/xJR/
Lehman College 2023 Alumni Achievement Award Recipient
Lesmah J. Fraser ’75
Founder and President/CEO, The Paige Fraser Foundation
Fraser is the Founder, President, and CEO of The Paige Fraser Foundation (TPFF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to inspiring young, emerging artists, with or without physical and mental health challenges, to reach their full potential. A seasoned healthcare professional and innovative educator, Fraser has more than 30 years of experience in executive leadership roles. She is currently a professor of Healthcare Management at New York University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) in the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies (DAUS) and a former Director of the Ambulatory Care Network at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia.
Fraser holds a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) from the New School for Social Research and is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (LFACHE) as well as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). She is the COO and Treasurer of The Leslin Healthcare Leadership Foundation (LESLIN), a nonprofit whose mission is to discover and activate the leadership potential that resides in us all, as well as a Board Member of the Bellevue Literary Review.
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