Present an Event and its Mission of “Make a Community”

Present an event and its focus on the community making process has an origin story.

Upper Manhattan

Back in 2009 Manhattan Kids Guide had the mission to bring fun stuff to kids of all ages in Upper Manhattan. And although MKG was very kid friendly, the fun stuff covered was often fun for grownups as well and very family oriented.

Inwood Manhattan

Manhattan Kids Guide came about through a Mom and Dad (John and Alison Stamas) wanting to do the best by their young Daughter (Lily) and therefore started to create community activities in their upper Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood.


Their first project was a Halloween parade consisting of kids in costumes marching through Inwood Manhattan stopping at stores along the way for treats. This undertaking was so successful that it was covered by New York media like NY1 as well as the Manhattan Times. To see a video of this 2009 parade please go here >

Theater Company

The Mom and Dad also started a theater company called Magic Neighbors that initially performed at New York Public Library branches of Upper NYC locations including Inwood and the Bronx and eventually all over the city.

Festivals and More

The Mom and Dad also created under a nonprofit umbrella an organization called Lights Camera Read that developed activities and events for community centers including a Winter Festival and more.

Fun for the Whole Family

It soon became very apparent that folks of all ages were having fun and the phrase “Kids of All Ages” applied to not just kids but to grownups as well.

DigiComArts Workshops

Lights Camera Read also staged DigiComArts workshops at New York Public Library branches partnering with the late Rodger Taylor, librarian and co-author of “Einstein on Race and Racism”. The workshops taught teens important media and life skills.

Workshop Expansion

Eventually the DigiComArts workshops expanded their reach by becoming in 2016 an online education experience. This online education site is called Art Gush and helps you with entrepreneurial insights for you as an artist, businessperson or educator.

Make a Community

In short, what started as a way for a mom and dad to help their young daughter to have fun expanded into a multifaceted online and offline community experience.