Spotlight: Judy Richardson @ PS 279K

Brooklyn-based visual artist and educator Judy Richardson is currently conducting an AH in-school residency for 3rd and 5th graders at PS 279 in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn.  Associated with AH since 2006, Judy is an experienced teaching artist who has skillfully used a variety of visual art mediums to enrich students, teachers, and administrators at over 25 sites.

Judy and Donovan Nelson, another AH teaching artist, are currently engaged in residencies as part of a year-long arts education program at PS 279.  This school is a longtime and regular partner of AH, and this program was started last year with Judy and Donovan.  Due to the overwhelming success of their residencies, PS 279’s administration decided to continue the full-year arts curriculum with both AH teaching artists to reach grades K-5.

AH’s new program coordinator, Kiran Rajagopalan, visited one of Judy’s classes earlier in January at PS 279.  Let’s take a quick peek inside one of her classes!

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Judy’s AH residency closely aligned with what the students are currently studying in American History.  In the picture above, Judy is working with the 3rd graders on making dolls in the likeness of three “Heroines in History” – Rosa Parks, Clara Lemlich, and Betsy Dowdy.  Students are taught the basics of sewing including how to properly thread a needle and knot the string to begin or end a series of stitches.  They are then given yarn, sequins, cloth scraps, and other materials in which to decorate their dolls.  One student commented on how she was “nervous at first to sew because” she was “afraid of needles.”  However, with Judy’s guidance, she overcame her fear and is now “much more confident” with sewing.

Likewise, Judy’s 5th grade classes are working on creating a large Freedom Quilt using coded patterns created from the Underground Railroad.  Students learn the basics of quilting and then create their own quilt squares with hidden messages!  These squares will then be stitched together into a larger class quilt.

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img_2949Doll made by a 3rd grader

Judy’s AH residency will culminate with a wonderful exhibition of the amazing work done by students throughout the spring semester.  The 3rd graders, in particular, will introduce their characters during a puppet show interview.

NEXT SPOTLIGHT:  Vickie Fremont’s AH residency at PS 85X in partnership with Fordham University

New Addition to the AH Team: Kiran Rajagopalan

Arts Horizons is pleased to welcome Mr. Kiran Rajagopalan to our team as the Program Coordinator for the NYC Residencies and Special Populations Department.

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Kiran in his Professional Avatar
Photo By:  J. Wesley Beeks

Kiran is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, writer, and educator.  Trained extensively in Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) for over 25 years, Kiran has given many acclaimed performances in India, Indonesia, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States.  While living in India from 2007-2014, he organized free dance workshops and performances for underprivileged students in government (public) schools throughout the country.  After returning to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in Performance Studies at NYU, he became a teaching artist in the New York public school system and conducted residencies for 3-8th graders which seamlessly integrate poetry, science, and/or reading comprehension with Bharatanatyam.  He joined Arts Horizons in December 2016 as a program coordinator, and he serves as a liaison between the administrative team in the New Jersey office and the teaching artists and site coordinators for residencies in New York.  He also conducts site visits to assess and evaluate residencies.

Aside from his work in arts education, Kiran regularly conducts workshops, lectures, and demonstrations on Indian classical dance and science.  His “NeuroArt” talks on aesthetics, performance, and neuroscience have been particularly appreciated.  In addition, he is the founder and artistic director of Daya Arts which promotes Bharatanatyam through artist-to-artist collaborations and small ensemble work.  In 2016, he co-founded No Rest in the Kingdom as an initiative to facilitate new conversations between disparate communities of color on issues of gender, race, class, & colonialism in the arts.

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Photo By:  Santhosh Raj

#ARTSEDNOW

Arts Horizons supports the movement to advocate for Arts Education in our communities!! Active creative learning is good for all students!

Pictured Left: Arts Horizons thanks Mr. Delroy Lindo – Actor and Theater Director for his support of the arts!!!

Pictured Right: Arts Horizons thanks  ” The Good Wife ‘s ” Cush Jumbo — soon to be featured in the show’s spinoff “The Good Fight” on CBS. “Yesterday an Arts Student Today…..an ART MAKER.”

 

 

Arts Horizons teaching artists and assembly performers stand proud as former arts students and active artists!  Thank you Wincey, Yako, Ken and Baba for your work as artists, educators and mentors to our youth!


 

The NJ-based Arts Ed Now campaign officially launched on September 12, 2016 during national Arts Ed Week – with advocates featuring the initiative at local and statewide levels all week long.  Spurred by the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership (NJAEP), NJ State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Americans for the Arts, Arts Ed Now is a multi-year campaign designed to increase participation in arts education in schools across New Jersey.

To achieve better results, the campaign set the following goals by year 2020:

  • All NJ students will have access to arts education
  • Increase the number of schools providing more than two art forms
  • Increase arts participation in elementary and middle schools to 100%
  • Increase participation in high schools to 60%
  • Increase school engagement with community resources
  • Develop a statewide network of local stakeholders

– See more at: http://artsednow.org/arts-ed-now-launches-sept-12-2016/#more-6113

“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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