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 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 Journalists, Davis serves on the Board of Poets and Writers.

For more information, contact Arts Horizons at info@artshorizons.org 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.

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

 

A New Explosion of Color at BGCHarlem’s Clubhouse

On Friday October 4th, 2019, Visual Artist and Arts Horizons Teaching Artist Natalie Alleyne led a special  mural program with the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem (BGCHarlem).  Volunteers from the NYC office of ‘Initiative: A Global Communications Agency Built to Grow Brands through Culture’ dedicated their time as part of a global volunteer day.   Around 200 volunteers from their company volunteered across various sites with BGCHarlem taking part in painting, book organizing, planter building, backpack stuffing and game night to create enduring traditions in their clubhouses!

Arts Horizons enjoyed working with approximately 20 volunteers who activated their creativity and artistry in a new mural to dress the walls of the HBGC Main Clubhouse on 145th street.  Under the artistic direction of Ms. Alleyne, the group created a bright and bold mural which vividly depicts the Harlem Renaissance and celebrates the continuous outpouring of intellectual, cultural, and artistic expression from the community since the 1920’s.

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Volunteers proudly present the mural on the Harlem Renaissance created under the artistic direction of Ms. Natalie Alleyne

Ms. Natalie Alleyne is a professional artist and an experienced educator who graduated from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in 1980.  She moved to St. Martin after a post-graduation vacation, and there she discovered new artistic inspiration in the sights, sounds, and people of the island. “The island life, the colors, the texture, it very much resounds in my work,” says Alleyne. This influence, coupled with her love of Spanish painter Picasso, can be seen in many of her pieces.

This October also marks the launch the 2019-2020 school year arts partnership between Arts Horizons and BGCHarlem. A team of Arts Horizons teaching artists will be presenting a wide array of visual arts including:  media arts, graphic design, portraiture, bookmaking, painting, mosaic, puppetry, sculpture, textiles and more at five after school program sites in Harlem. This year’s sites are:  PS 186M (Main Club House), PS 241M, PS 133M, PS 92M and PS 368M.   Stay tuned for program highlights and even more student art work!

For nearly 40 years, Boys & Girls Club of Harlem has proudly served the youth and community of Harlem. BGCHarlem fills 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.

Arts Horizons  is in our 40th year 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.

 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

Spotlight: Early Childhood Programs @ PS 94X

Where did the summer go? We can’t believe it’s already September, and schools are back in session! Arts Horizons is pleased to announce the third post of a series in which we spotlight some of our early childhood and grant-based programs. We are thrilled to have had 6 teaching artist residencies with our longtime partner in the arts, PS 94X in the Bronx, during the spring which served all grades. AH teaching artists Reina Pelle and Silvana Marquina conducted Hip Hop and Step dance programs with Grades 3-5. In addition, we had residencies for Grades K-2 by AH teaching artists Pat Russell (Circus Arts), Navida Stein (Storytelling), Natalie Alleyne (Visual Arts), and Irene Koloseus (World Dance).

Visual Arts, Storytelling, Circus Arts, and Dance are all integral components of our comprehensive arts education programs for early childhood. Each of these highly interactive artist residencies is curriculum and standards-based to help our youngest students develop skills to participate in the arts, bolster arts literacy and creativity, and improve concentration and coordination. In addition, these programs help facilitate critical thinking skills by introducing students to the historical, social, and cultural aspects of the performing arts.

Irene – a versatile dancer and choreographer specializing in West African and Tap – taught four different World Dance styles to four classes of PS 94X’s youngest students! The residency culminated with a high-energy dance recital in which each class performed a short dance with movements drawn from Bollywood, Salsa, and Japanese traditional. Meanwhile, students in Natalie’s visual arts created a variety of paper hand puppets. AH Program Coordinator Kiran Rajagopalan visited both of their classes last spring. Let’s take a quick peek!

IK - PS 94X.gifIrene Koloseus leading her students in a traditional Japanese dance

IMG_6261 (Edited)Natalie Alleyne showing her young students how to make an paper animal puppet

Arts Horizons would like to thank Principal Diane DaProcida-Sesin and all of the teachers and staff at PS 94X for their amazing support and for so warmly welcoming us back into their school. As we reflect on our 40 years in arts education, we are grateful for fruitful and long-lasting relationships with partners like PS 94X who enable us to continue our mission of providing access to the arts for everyone in New York and New Jersey.

And finally, it is never too early to start planning for next school year with Arts Horizons! We offer high-quality arts education programs for a wide range of age groups ranging from early childhood to senior citizens and in a variety of artistic mediums including:  Visual Arts, Dance, Theater, Music, and New Media Technology. For further information, please contact Dena Malarek or Kiran Rajagopalan.


ARTS HORIZONS
Department of NYC Residencies & Special Populations

Dena Malarek, 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: Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead with Best Buy

Arts Horizons is pleased to announce the second post of a series in which we spotlight some of our early childhood and grant-based programs. This week’s post will be on our S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) program at Union Settlement, one of our longtime partners in the arts. S.T.E.A.M. is currently at the forefront of integrated learning in primary education, and it has been an area of active expansion for Arts Horizons over the past decade. Our digital technology programs in photography and music are curriculum-based and aligned to state and national learning standards in the arts.

Last winter, AH teaching artist Aaron “SpazeCraft” Lazansky-Olivas conducted a music technology residency after school program at Union Settlement. Aaron is a multifaceted artist whose work in Hip Hop education spans from visual arts to digital music production and media arts. His music technology program was funded through a generous Community Grant from the Best Buy Foundation to Arts Horizons New York (AHNY) – our Harlem-based branch. These grants are awarded to community-based organizations in partnership with local Best Buy stores in order to support youth programs that provide access to new technologies, bolster digital learning, and create awareness of careers technology-related fields.

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Aaron’s music production residency at PS 7, one of Union Settlement’s active after school program sites in Harlem, explored the science of sound and the fundamentals of Sound Design. He taught middle school students to sequence beat patterns and create instrumentation using a modular synthesizer. They were tasked with creating complex polyrhythmic phrases from a variety digital sources including:  drum machines, synthesizer, voice, ambient sounds, and samples. Aaron even discussed how Sound Design had tangible applications not only in music production but also in video games, movies, animation, and theater.

We thank Union Settlement site director Deon Whitter and his staff for welcoming us back into PS 7 and for their support in making Aaron’s music technology residency a resounding success. Check out some of the amazing audio tracks that he has created with his students below!

It is never too early to start planning for next year with Arts Horizons! We offer high-quality arts education programs for a wide range of age groups ranging from early childhood to senior citizens and in a variety of artistic mediums including:  Visual Arts, Dance, Theater, Music, and New Media Technology. For further information, 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

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