Students at IS 77Q Celebrate Black History Month


As part of a comprehensive arts-in-education program at IS 77Q, students participated in a live performance assembly for Black History Month. “Tracing our Roots,” performed by Wincy Terry and Co., explores the wonder of African American history through the power of dance, music, and dramatic storytelling with the musical play about a brother and sister who travel through time. The journey takes them from ancient Egypt to the slave plantation, and finally, to modern times. They learn the proud history of African Kings and Queens and pass through different eras of music and dance – including the Blues, the Lindy, Gospel, R&B, and Hip Hop. Along the way, they also discovered inventions developed by African Americans.

Wincey Terry –Bryant, professional narrator and singer is a native of Newark, NJ. Wincey has been an Arts Horizons teaching artist since 2006. This versatile artist has an extensive repertoire. Offerings include arts-integration professional development training for teachers, and also performances in Black History, Women’s History, Latin Heritage, Anti-Bullying, Character Education, and many other educational programs that align with the National Core to teach the regular school curriculum through live musical stage plays, dance, and dramatic storytelling.

Wincey is the executive director of Winceyco, a performing arts troupe that combines education with entertainment. 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.

For more information or booking please contact Gloria Page at 201-567-1766 x 120 or gloria @

Call for Teaching Artists!

Arts Horizons is currently seeking experienced teaching artists for afterschool residencies in Musical Theater, Cartooning & Graphic Novels, and Digital Photography at several community centers in Manhattan & Bronx starting in late February.

Mondays & Fridays

Mondays & Fridays

Mondays & Fridays

$160.00/day + Paid Planning + Travel + Supply Budget

Arts Horizons enhances the lives of people of all ages and abilities by creating equitable opportunities to engage in the arts. Professional teaching artists offer a wide variety of unique, multicultural programs, including custom designed artist-in-residence programs, live performances, professional development for teachers, and parent workshops. All programs are designed to reinforce State Learning Standards and NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

Please view the full detailed description:  Arts Horizons Teaching Artist.


  • Please complete our online Artist Interest Form
  • To access this form from our website (, scroll over to “Contact” in the main menu bar and click “Teaching Artist Roster” in the drop-down menu
  • Submission Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020


Dena Isles
Director of NYC Residencies & Special Populations
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 108
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 108

Did you know?

Did you know that ten years ago, Tony Award-winning producers, philanthropists, and founders of Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley received the Paul Newman Award for Services to Children and the Arts during Arts Horizons’ annual gala celebrating its 31st Anniversary at the Edison Ballroom in NYC.

Pictured Left to Right, John Devol, Bonnie Comley, Stewart F. Lane. Photo by Rob Rich.

Did you know that AH was originally “Festival of Music?”

Arts Horizons was founded in 1978 by John Devol, trumpet player, music educator and parent. John played in the orchestra of A Chorus Line for the entire 15-year run of the show and, as he sat in the pit night after night, he realized the importance of bringing quality music to children. He got together with fellow Broadway musicians and formed Festival Brass, a lively, interactive music assembly program that taught students about the brass family of instruments. In 1995, Festival of Music became Arts Horizons, a full-service arts-in-education organization.

Now entering our fourth decade, we reach more than 350,000 students and teachers every year. Looking back over the past four decades, John Devol says, “We are committed to fostering the development of the whole person by integrating the arts into the educational experience, and we endeavor to instill in people of all ages and abilities the knowledge of their own creativity. When I visit schools and senior centers and see faces light up, I know that it’s all been worthwhile.”

Arts Horizons is committed to making the performing, visual, literary and media arts and artistic expression equitable and accessible to diverse people of all ages and abilities. We believe that the arts are fundamental to a child’s education, stimulating learning, enriching the teaching process and providing lifelong learning. It is a New Horizon for Arts Horizons. Help us to continue transforming lives through the arts. Even the smallest gift of $10, combined with other donations, can make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Happy Veterans Day from Arts Horizons!

Arts Horizons salutes our veterans, and we are grateful for their incredible service to our country. We are fortunate to have veterans Larry Washington and Cynthia “Lady Rose” Roberson as part of our incredible roster of AH Teaching Artists. One of our longtime teaching artists specializing in percussion, Larry was stationed on the USS Dixon AS-37 submarine tender at Point Loma, CA from 1973-1976. Lady Rose, whose Ritta Book literacy program has been a hit with our youngest students, served as a Military Police Sergeant in the US Army from 1988-1994.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation through Network for Good to Arts Horizons to help us and our AH Teaching Artists continue transforming lives through the arts. Even the smallest gift of $10, combined with other donations, can make a difference in the lives of those we serve!

What’s the Peg? Telling Your Story

On Friday, October 18,2019, Allison Davis, Executive Director of Arts Horizons, veteran journalist presented the Arts Ed Newark engagement workshop entitled: It’s All About the Story!  Participants gathered at the Newark School of the arts and learned how to best share the great work they are doing for arts and education in the community of Newark, NJ.  Davis encouraged the audience to find the “nuggets” or stories within their mission and share it for widespread distribution.  “Too many times, not for profits pitch a topic and not a story,” said Davis. “Find a story that illustrates the work of your organization.”

Allison presents at Arts Ed Newark

Using new techniques for capturing audio, images and video with accessible resources, the engaged audience worked in groups to pitch their story and produce their own video interviews.  This productive day was one of many capacity building workshops offered through Arts Ed Newark, an alliance advocating for equity in high-quality arts education for all youth in Newark.   Arts Ed Newark represents over 50 stakeholders committed to the arts including, schools, parents, teachers, businesses, youth and community development groups, funders and government agencies.

Allison presents at Arts Ed Newark

About Allison J. Davis:

Television and non-profit executive Allison J. Davis is the Executive Director of Arts Horizons, a premier not-for-profit arts-in-education organization.  Arts Horizons has over 40 years  as a  non-profit arts-in-education organization that brings the power, joy and influence of the arts into the lives of young people by making music, visual art, dance, theatre and creative writing an integral part of learning and teaching. 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 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 Journalists, Davis serves on the Board of Poets and Writers.

For more information, contact Arts Horizons at or 201-567-1766

Salsa, Merengue and Bachata Time at the Claremont School

The Claremont School in Ossining, NY hosted an Arts Horizons assembly featuring Salsa Festival celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month.  Sponsored by the PTO, families and students explored the Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican roots of Salsa though song and dance.


In Spanish, the word “salsa” means “sauce.” Salsa music is a spicy mixture of rhythms originating from many different cultures. Using a variety of jazz and authentic Latin percussion instruments, five talented musicians explore the Afro-Cuban roots of Salsa and its more contemporary variations. Students are introduced to basic techniques, the role of each instrument, and the concept of the clave rhythm – the unifying element of Salsa. The tremendous influence that Latin American music and American Pop and Jazz have on each other is demonstrated in the Arts Horizons live performance assembly, Salsa Festival

Mr. Louis Bauzo is the band Leader and Percussionist who has played with many of the top Latin bands including the Tito Puente Orchestra, Machito and Eddie Palmieri. Educated at the Juilliard School of Music, he has also studied African and Latin cultures and music in Africa, Puerto Rico and Cuba. He has taught Latin percussion at the Boys Harbor Center for Performing Arts for the past 25 years and acted as a consultant for Harbor Performing Arts Center during the US tour of Conjunto Folklorica Nacional de Cuba. He has recorded with Paul Simon and Manhattan Transfer, and performed in many TV commercials including Coca Cola.

Assembly Salsa Festival




For more information on Salsa Festival or Arts Horizons Live Assembly Performances please contact: Gloria Page, Program Manager of Performances, 201-567-1766 * 120


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