Internet Safety with WinceyCo

WINCEY TERRY-BRYANT, NJ native and founder of Winceyco, has been using music and drama to educate audiences about school curricula and social issues since 1988. Wincey has been an Arts Horizons teaching artist since 2006 and offers an extensive repertoire which is now adapted for virtual and hybrid programs!   Offerings include arts-integration professional development training for teachers as well as performances in African Heritage/Black History, Women’s History, Latin Heritage, Anti-Bullying, Character Education, and many others. Programs align with the National Core to teach the regular school curriculum through live musical stage plays, dance, and dramatic storytelling.

Arts Horizons is excited to share Wincey’s latest virtual programs that include live interactive segments, call and response songs and lively animated scenes.  WinceyCo has a new and important series that help us learn more about internet safety.  Now that we are spending so much of our time online, both students and families can benefit from these interactive programs.


INTERNET SAFETY with WinceyCo

Traffick Jam (3-5)

Kids spend anywhere from 6-10 hours online EVERY DAY. Games, videos, and even online learning platforms make them susceptible to online predators. This Winceyco arts-infused program uses animated scenes and music to teach your students about internet safety.

Safe Surf (6-12)

Not only will your middle and high school students be surprised to find Ms. Wincey hanging out in cyberspace, but they’ll be shocked to learn who else is waiting for them out there in the world wide web.


Wincey has worked throughout the music and film business with such industry giants as Spike Lee, Bill Cosby, Sting, and Tina Turner. Terry’s television credits include Soul Train, Arsenio Hall, and David Letterman. Her voice can be heard on Sesame Street, Grover Washington Jr’s live cd, Monie Love’s hit single “Its A Shame”, and Cosby show commercials. Wincey is the author of 3 children’s CD book sets on bullying, character, and safety, as well as a cartoon DVD on African American history.  Wincey serves as the Arts co-chair for the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking and former VP of Zonta International Women’s Organization, Wincey has been awarded the Civil Rights Activist Award by Women in Media and the Future is Female Award by A Life Recycled for her work in Human Trafficking awareness, as well as the Woman of the Year award by Kiss FM Radio for her innovative children’s programs.


For more information or booking please contact Gloria Page, Program Manager, at 201-567-1766 x 120 or gloria@artshorizons.org .

Special September Discounts!

In honor of National Arts In Education Week and the start of the new school year, Arts Horizons is offering a limited time discount!!

The pandemic may have shifted us to a new normal, but arts education is here to stay! Arts Horizons’ virtual arts programs are highly interactive and help bolster student engagement, creativity, and well-being. Contact us for more information about our livestream, prerecorded, and hybrid virtual arts programs and take advantage of this limited time offer!

National Arts In Education Week

Arts Horizons celebrates National Arts in Education Week, September 14th -18th, 2020.

Celebrate National Arts in Education with Americans for the Arts by signing their pledge to declare that arts education is essential. You can also participate in this campaign by sharing your story about what you have learned #BecauseofArtsEd !

#BecauseofArtsEd, Arts Horizons is determined to enter our 42nd year with an even greater urgency to bring arts and creativity into our virtual classrooms. We are grateful for our students, families, teachers, schools and community partners to continue our communities of learning. We are grateful for all of our teaching artists who have brought a whole new sense of creative problem solving and excellence into the virtual classroom. Arts Horizons forges ahead into our 42nd year as a non-profit arts-in-education organization that enhances the lives of people of all ages and abilities by creating equitable opportunities to engage in the arts.

Spotlight: Overnight Summer Camp goes Virtual!

As we prepare to move into the fall and the new school year ahead of us, we take a moment to reflect on and celebrate our 2020 Virtual summer programs.  Arts Horizons had the great opportunity to partner with the Rural and Migrant Ministry (RMM)  for a virtual summer camp program centered around arts and activism.   The RMM Overnight Leadership camp has been in place for 30 years and this was the first virtual experience for campers, counsellors and families.  Arts Horizons was one of the partners to provide live-stream arts workshops during the day, live-stream evening family arts workshops and a series of pre-recorded arts workshops that could be accessed at any time.

Arts Horizons workshops met RMM goals of youth empowerment with arts workshops that nurture awareness, creativity, problem solving and leadership development.  Mr. Aaron Lazsnsky taught Graffiti as the ‘Art of Letter Bending.’   Students learned about the Graffiti movement in the early 70’s and stylistic changes as it evolved over time as a cultural art form.  Through a process of inquiry and writing prompts,  youth created their own works of art to amplify their messages. Even though the programs were virtual, Aaron taught livestream via ZOOM and used a multidisciplinary approach through music and visuals to energetically propel student messages with creativity.   

In the evening, Mr. D.Cross joined campers, counsellors and families livestream via ZOOM  in an  interactive Beatbox and Rap performance.  The audience was delighted by a lively event that included a brief history of Human BeatBoxing and participation in creating some basic sounds and techniques.  To make sure that everyone could have opportunities that fit their schedule, Arts Horizons also presented a series of pre-recorded opportunities that could be viewed at any time during the week of camp.  Even though we met together in the virtual realm, the spirit of arts and activism was clear.  We hope we may need to amplify this spirit onsight for the overnight leadership camp next summer.

The pandemic may have shifted us to a new normal, but arts education is here to stay! Arts Horizons’ virtual arts programs are highly interactive and can help bolster student engagement, creativity, and well being. For more information about our livestream, prerecorded, and hybrid virtual arts programs, please contact Dena Isles or Kiran Rajagopalan.


ARTS HORIZONS
Department of NYC Residencies & Special Populations

Dena Isles, Director
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 108
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 108
dena@artshorizons.org

Kiran Rajagopalan, Program Coordinator
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 113
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 113
kiran@artshorizons.org

Spotlight: AH Distance Learning @ Boys & Girls Club of Harlem

How it is already the third week of August, and now fall is just around the corner?! It has been a whirlwind summer for Arts Horizons as we continue to pivot and navigate through these very uncertain times in art, education, and life as we know it. In our last blog post, we introduced our virtual arts education program offerings which include live, prerecorded, and hybrid classes in a variety of artistic mediums. We would like to thank each and every one of our incredibly resourceful and resilient teaching artists. Many of them quickly transitioned to online teaching after COVID-19 shut down all of our in-person residencies in March.

We are also incredibly grateful to our partners who continue to support us as we develop and expand our virtual programs. This week, we spotlight one such partner, Boys and Girls Club of Harlem (BGCH). For 40 years, BGCH has been in an integral part of the greater Harlem community, and they strive to fill the gap between school and home by providing a positive, welcoming environment where kids and teens can have fun, participate in life-changing programs, and build supportive relationships with their peers and caring adults.

Since July, BGCH has been conducting an in-person summer camp for a select group of students at their Main Clubhouse on 145th Street and a Virtual Summer Camp online for the Harlem community. AH Teaching Artists Vickie Fremont and Derick Cross have created interactive, pre-recorded lessons in Recyclable Arts and Beatboxing for the Virtual Summer Camp. And over the last three weeks, Arts Horizons Teaching Artists Jeannine Otis and Dawn Crandell conducted livestream classes in Musical Theater and Dance, respectively. Let’s take a quick peek into their virtual classes via Google Meet!

BGCH’s summer camps were uniquely set up with strict COVID-19 social distancing and other protective measures in place. All students and staff were required to wear masks at all times, and this was one of the initial challenges that Dawn had encountered while teaching her high-energy Zumba® Fitness classes. Dawn is a multifaceted performing artist and licensed Zumba® instructor who specializes in theater, improvisation, burlesque, dance, and creative movement. Although Dawn was not physically present at BGCH, she decided to wear a mask while teaching in solidarity with her students. It took some getting used to, but in the end Dawn and her students adapted extremely well to dancing with masks on. A highlight of her classes was the “Follow Along Song” in which students took turn leading the group in a dance before cooling down.

Staten Island-based and award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and author Jeannine Otis conducted a musical theater residency that focused on musicals situated in “urban settings” and included selections from:  Hamilton, In the Heights, West Side Story, and The Wiz. Jeannine not only taught her students song from these musicals, but she challenged them to think about how the city landscape is uniquely used to develop the plot, subtext, and characters. BGCH students were also treated to some guest artists straight from Broadway and the professional theater world – Larry Marshall (Waitress), Kristi Coombs (Annie), and Ariel Marcus (IlluminArt & Women’s Playwright Collective) – who shared their art and their exciting stories of working in musical theater.

 

We would like to sincerely thank Ms. Dominique Jones (Executive Director), Ms. Justine Robinson (Academic Programs Manager), Mr. Joseph Landon (Assistant Site Director), and all of the BGCH staff for their incredible support and for so warmly welcoming us back virtually! We are grateful for our long and fruitful partnership with BGCH, and we hope to continue working closely together to provide arts education to the Harlem community for years to come.

The pandemic may have shifted us to a new normal, but arts education is here to stay! Arts Horizons’ virtual arts programs are highly interactive and can help bolster student engagement, creativity, and well being. For more information about our livestream, prerecorded, and hybrid virtual arts programs, please contact Dena Malarek or Kiran Rajagopalan.


ARTS HORIZONS
Department of NYC Residencies & Special Populations

Dena IslesDirector
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 108
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 108
dena@artshorizons.org

Kiran RajagopalanProgram Coordinator
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 113
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 113
kiran@artshorizons.org

Arts Horizons Goes Virtual

It has been almost four months since the NYC School district shut down schools on March 16th, 2020 secondary to COVID-19.   In this time, Arts Horizons has  weathered many shifts in online learning as we have formulated, and re-formulated,  new paradigms of teaching and learning in the arts.   Our collaborative art spaces, performance stages, dance and music studios have shifted into our apartments and living rooms.  Yet, we have been able to maintain and build community; to nurture the role of teaching artists as mentors, collaborators and role models.   We are grateful to our students, families, teachers,  schools and community partners to continue our communities of learning.   We are grateful for all of our teaching artists who have brought a whole new sense of creative problem solving to the virtual classroom.  Arts Horizons forges ahead into our  42nd year as a non-profit arts-in-education organization that enhances the lives of people of all ages and abilities by creating equitable opportunities to engage in the arts.  

Arts Horizons now offers live, pre-recorded and hybrid programs on virtual platforms such as Google Classrooms, Microsoft Teams, ZOOM and more.  Between March and June of 2020, we have had the opportunity to present live virtual programs for NYC schools and communities including digital arts technology, graffiti art, poetry for students with autism.  We have presented customized pre-recorded programs including 10-part series for multi-cultural dance including West African Dance, Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dance), Breakdancing, Step Dance, Shim Sham, Irish Dance, Hula and other dances around the world.  We have led programs in recyclable arts, family fitness and specialized programs for special education including the family at home.   What remains the hallmark of our programs is the collaborative process that expresses itself even in this online format – each program manifests in its own unique shape and size.   Our process unites the educational goals, artistic process and individualized student/classroom goals to present a curated arts-in-education experience.  

 Teaching Artist, Pat Russell and Special Education Arts Teacher, Nina Crupiti-Kanjo collaborate virtually for special education students.

The  state of virtual learning has extreme limitations and exposes great inequalities of access.  This is precisely why Arts Horizons is committed to co-creating programs specific to the needs of each student and each site.   Programs may need to be adjusted for the learner accessing schoolwork via cell phone, the learner that may be accessing schoolwork  at all hours of the day, our learners experiencing the significant trauma that this time presents.  Yet, it is precisely the arts that can best support this paradigm shift of education during COVID-19.  It is the arts which will engage our young people to increase interest in learning.   It is the arts that may encourage a shared family experience led by a professional arts educator.  It is the arts that will nurture our young artists to be the creative leaders for social change and innovation.   It is our network professional teaching artists and school educators that may be the mentor to help individual students in this time of crisis.  It is our community of artists and educators that will be a leading voice for arts-in-education in a global pandemic.

For further information, please contact Dena Isles or Kiran Rajagopalan.


ARTS HORIZONS
Department of NYC Residencies & Special Populations

Dena IslesDirector
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 108
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 108
dena@artshorizons.org

Kiran RajagopalanProgram Coordinator
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 113
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 113
kiran@artshorizons.org

Summer Evenings with Arts Horizons

Join us for summer evenings on JUNE 24, JULY 1 or JULY 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm ET to celebrate over 40 years of art-making!

Hosted by actor Brad Blumenthal (Pulp Fiction, Volcano, Hook) and Arts Horizons

You’ll meet our gifted teaching artists, see video clips of their powerful work, and learn how Arts Horizons makes art a language of self-expression for all people.

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