“This is so relaxing I don’t want to leave”

Arts Horizons Teaching Artist Nina Tantillo-Elton led a family workshop a the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM)  in conjunction with NYC DOE Hospital Schools to support families with loved ones in medical crisis.  A group over 25 participants experienced the meditative and healing power of ojo de dios (eye of god in Spanish).

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Creative arts workshops are particularly valuable for family members, hospital school educators, administrators, counselors, and support staff from CHAM, to share time, exchange information, and participate in a healing practice during critical times such as the hospitalization of a child.   Overheard at the workshop, a mother shared how the opportunity allowed a moment of restoration, “It got me not thinking for a while.”

The image of the God’s eye as a protective shield is particularly poignant for family and healthcare professionals.  The meditative practice becomes prayer-like, cultivating strength and a shield of protection.

For more information, contact Dena Malarek, Director of Special Populations and NYC Residencies dena@artshorizons.org

Arts Horizons Launches New Website!

Contact: Jenifer Simon
Arts Horizons
One Grand Avenue Suite 7
Englewood, NJ 07631
jenifer@artshorizons.org
201.567.1766 x102

For Immediate Release

Arts Horizons Launches New Website

New Design Showcases High Quality Arts in Education Programs

Englewood, NJ, December 3, 2014 –Arts Horizons, the premiere arts education program in New York and New Jersey, launches its new user-friendly website providing easier access to high quality arts in education programs and services.  The new website features improved design and easy navigation. Visitors will notice quick links to Arts Horizons’ signature programs including the Artist/Teacher Institute, Creative Spirits and the renowned LeRoy Neiman Art Center located in Harlem, NYC. “Our new website makes it clear who we are, what we do and how visitors can support our important mission,” said Acting Executive Director Allison J. Davis. “It’s easy for clients to find a residency, assembly or professional development program that best fits their needs.”

Arts Horizons worked with Dream Warrior Group, a Los Angeles, California based software development company that provides software and web development, web design and social media for Medical, Travel, Retail, Service, Performing Arts and Automotive Industries. “We selected Dream Warrior because of their cost-effective website solutions. Their collection of experts and extensive experience helped us utilize innovative ways to communicate on the web,” said Davis.

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About Arts Horizons

Arts Horizons, located in Englewood, NJ, is a premier arts-in-education, non-profit organization that provides live professional performances and artist-in-residence programs to students in grades PreK-12 throughout the tri-state region. Founded in 1978, the organization’s mission is to enhance the lives of people of all ages and abilities by creating equitable opportunities to engage in the arts. For over 36 years, Arts Horizons has impacted the lives of more than 9 million children and adults through the power of the arts. Making the performing, visual, literary, media arts and artistic expression accessible to diverse populations, the arts stimulate learning, enrich the teaching process, and providing lifelong learning. In 2008, Arts Horizons opened the Arts Horizons Leroy Neiman Art Center in Harlem, NY, to celebrate and strengthen the community through the arts, and provide programs, exhibitions, screenings, performances and public talks for Harlem residents of all ages. Arts Horizons is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with whom they co-sponsor the Artist/Teacher Institute (aTi). Other funders include the LeRoy Neiman Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, PNC Bank as well as several foundations, corporations and generous individuals who believe in the important mission of Arts Horizons.

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Ms. Cheryl Warfield and Students of PS 226 in the Bronx sing “Tosca”

Arts Horizons congratulates Ms. Cheryl Warfield, director of the MORE Opera (Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble) and the student performers from PS 226 in the Bronx for their performance of Puccini’s “Tosca” sung in Italian.  The Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble (MORE Opera) transforms lives and inspires excellence by presenting concerts and educational programs of the highest quality to the general public and under-served audiences including disadvantaged youths and elderly persons throughout Manhattan.

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We also thank Principal Gloria Darden for welcoming and coordinating the opportunity for the her students at PS 226 in the Bronx.  Ms. Cheryl worked with fourth graders during the month of October to participate in an opera program.  Ten students were selected and participated in additional rehearsals in preparation for the performance of Puccini’s “Tosca” sung in Italian.  The students were pleased to share their talent on stage with soloists and full orchestra under the baton of legendary Conductor Anton Coppola at Dicapo Opera Theater, 184 East 76th Street.

“They just grasped the music very quickly,” says Warfield. They’ve learned some new skills and how to apply them rapidly.”

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See a full feature video here on Bronx News 12 with student performance, artist interviews and more!  http://bronx.news12.com/multimedia/video-p-s-226-chorus-performs-in-tosca-opera-1.9502154

For more information contact Dena Malarek, Director of NYC Residencies and Special Populations, dena@artshorizons.org

SESCIL Art Show Featuring Work from Arts Horizons Creative Spirits Program

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2014 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference

Dena Malarek, Arts Horizons Director of NYC Residencies and Special Populations had the opportunity to participate in the 2014 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference, A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  The conference brings together a national and international community of educators, administrators, researchers, teaching artists and more interested in improving the arts learning experience for students with disabilities.  936047_10152646670999529_90178300510660177_n

               Attendees utilized the Guidebook app to stay connected to the most current conference materials, personalize your own schedule, obtain contact cards with other attendees and participate in social media (#vsaintersections ) directly in the guidebook app.      The pre-conference workshops and conference workshops were offered along various tracks including: Drama/Theater, Dance, Visual Arts, Music, Research, and Across Art Disciplines.   A rich wealth of information was captured in the conference – below are two notable workshops on arts and special education.

Digital Art At the Intersection of Arts and Special Ed

An exciting presentation, by the Barber National Institute explored the use of iBooks and other digital art technology to create social stories for students with Autism and intellectual disabilities.  This project was a natural integration of digital arts educators, school psychologists, and special educators to develop indivualized social stories for their students.    Social stories help a child with autism navigate a situation, where to direct attention and what to expect.  The use of integrating digital arts for social stories is a high priority need for students with disabilities, utilizes evidence based practice (social stories and video self-modeling based on Bandura’s theory on Observational Learning,  is a direct translation into digial media. 

Students with Disabilities and the Core Arts Standards: Guiding Principles for Teachers, Sharon M. Malley, Ed. D.

“The Core Arts Standards are designed to guide US schools’ arts curriculum, instruction, and assessment (NCCAS, n. d.). Standards writers included a review team of arts and special education professionals, led by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, ensuring that each standard encompasses a broad range of communication and learning styles.” The guiding inclusion standards for students with disabilities are included as an addendum, or separate guidebook  directly on the national core arts standards information page.  It’s function mainly is to use inclusive language and make general overarching guidelines for arts instruction for students with disabilities. 

  1. Maintain high expectations
  2. Promote communicative competence
  3. Use the principles of Universal Design for Learning
  4. Know how to select and use appropriate accommodations for individual students
  5. Make use of evidence-based practices
  6. Target instruction and use formative indicators of student performance

http://nationalartsstandards.org/

http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/resources/GuidingPrinciples2014.pdf

For More Information, please contact Dena Malarek, Director of NYC Programs and Special Populations dena@artshorizons.org

Allison J. Davis Named Acting Executive Director of Arts Horizons

Non-Profit Executive to Lead Premier Arts Education Organization
Through its Reorganization

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The Board of Directors of Arts Horizons (AH) has named Allison J. Davis acting executive director   of the iconic arts education organization. She takes over the position held by retiring Executive Director Elizabeth Halverstam.

 “Allison comes to Arts Horizons with many years in television news as well as in the non-profit world,” said AH Board Chair Barbara Sellinger. “She has served Arts Horizons both as an advisor and consultant and she knows us well.  We believe she is well suited to help us through this next phase of our extraordinary organization,” Sellinger concluded.

 Davis has an extensive background in broadcast and digital media as well as communications’ strategy. She began her career as a producer in television news at WBZ-TV in Boston. She moved on to become an investigative reporter in Pittsburgh, Pa (KDKA-TV) and came back to the producing ranks at NBC News serving in various capacities at Nightly News and Today. Davis headed up the team that developed the first original journalism on the internet. She later helped build NBC’s cable and internet business MSNBC and msnbc.com. She then moved to CBS, where she served as Senior Vice President of its syndication unit. In 2004, Davis left television and began her career in the non-profit world. She served on the senior staffs of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the historic Riverside Church in the City of New York. Davis has also been an adjunct professor at Howard University and the Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. A founder of the National Association of Black Journalism, Davis serves on the Board of Poets and Writers. A mother of two boys, she resides in Teaneck, New Jersey with her husband Robert Wright.

About Arts Horizons

Arts Horizons, located in Englewood, NJ, is a premier arts-in-education, non-profit organization that provides live professional performances and artist-in-residence programs to students in grades PreK-12 throughout the New York, tri-state region. Founded in 1978, the organization’s mission is to foster development of the whole person, and to improve education by utilizing its programming to transform schools into vibrant, exciting places where children gain appreciation for the arts, discover and fulfill their own creative talents and use the arts to improve their proficiency in academic subjects including reading, writing and math. In 2008, Arts Horizons opened the Arts Horizons Leroy Neiman Art Center in Harlem, NY, to celebrate and strengthen the community through the arts, and provide programs, exhibitions, screenings, performances and public talks for Harlem residents of all ages.

Arts Horizons is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with whom they co-sponsor the Artist/Teacher Institute (aTi).  Other funders include LeRoy Neiman Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Horizon Foundation for NJ, PNC Bank as well as several foundations, corporations and generous individuals who believe in the important mission of Arts Horizons.

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