Arts Horizons is proud to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the New Jersey Arts and Recovery Fund (NJACRF). We are so grateful for this support which will allow Arts Horizons to maintain essential jobs in the arts as we deliver arts-in-education programs, create opportunities for professional teaching artists and sustain longstanding arts-in-education programs and partnerships through this critical period of a global pandemic. As we face the cumulative impact of decreasing school and community budgets, the uncertainty of onsite and virtual schedules and the compounding health and economic crisis, this award will allow us to build our capacity for virtual program delivery and will support our technical infrastructure. Our team works to maintain and build community through the arts; nurtures the role of teaching artists as mentors, collaborators and role models. We work with our students, families, teachers, schools and community partners to make sure the arts will bolster student engagement, creativity and well-being in these times of crisis. We activate opportunities to support our artists as essential workers, who are severely impacted in this crisis. Arts Horizons extends our sincere gratitude to the Princeton Area Community Foundation for this award to help us move through our 42nd year with an even greater urgency to bring arts and creativity into our virtual classrooms.
The New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund (NJACRF) was established to ensure the survival and strength of the state’s arts and culture nonprofit sector during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund was created as a public-private partnership, capitalizing on the resources and expertise available through the government, corporate, and private philanthropic sectors. NJACRF will provide financial support to catalyze an equitable statewide recovery and build resilience for New Jersey-based nonprofit arts, arts education, and/or history organizations facing disruption and loss. The fund will assist in the transition from recovery to resiliency, with a long-term goal of creating a thriving and sustainable arts and culture sector. More information on the fund can be found here: https://pacf.org/njartsculture/
We are thrilled to announce that Arts Horizons has truly gone national through our new virtual learning through the arts initiative – Arts Horizons at a Distance. AH Teaching Artist Jacqueline Arias is an Arizona-based digital photographer who is currently conducting a virtual livestream Digital Photography program for students in our longtime partner Mosholu Montefiore Community Center‘s after school program in Bronx, New York! Jacqueline’s project for the day was to create a special Black History Month-themed digital poster. Students had to select their favorite icon from Black History and a motivational quote by them or about them. Jacqueline then instructed students on how to use Pixlr, a free web-based photo editing app, to create their posters using layers. One student chose a particularly powerful quote by Jamaican activist Marcus Garvey while an MMCC staff member created a lovely poster of noted actress Lena Horne.
We are grateful to MMCC’s incredible support and partnership during these difficult times. We also appreciate their dedicated team of administrators and staff that works tirelessly to bring arts education and a variety of other vital social services to communities in the Bronx. Stay tuned for other updates from Arts Horizons at a Distance including more virtual spotlights of our distance learning programs!
For more information about our virtual program offerings, please contact Kiran Rajagopalan:
Director of New York Programs
201-567-1766 ext. 113
Happy birthday to our founder, John Devol ! Arts Horizons is so proud to continue your vision into our 42nd year of transforming lives through the arts. On behalf of the more than 10 million children impacted through the arts, we thank you and wish you a very happy birthday!
Did you know that Arts Horizons was originally “Festival of Music?” Learn more about our founder and the origin of Arts Horizons in this previous blog post.
Thank you for following our campaign and helping us achieve 98% of our goal to help Create a New Horizon for Arts Horizons. As we close our campaign, we are incredibly grateful for your support to allow us to continue bringing the power of the arts to schools and communities to educate, heal, and unite during this time of crisis and beyond. We look forward to sharing with you new and exciting developments for AH in the months ahead.
Thank you for following and supporting our campaign. There is one more day to reach our campaign goal to CREATE A NEW HORIZON FOR ARTS HORIZONS. Will you help us reach our goal to ensure that the arts remain an essential part of our school, family, and community life?
✨To ensure that quality arts programs are available as a means to express pain, healing, and hope…
✨To ensure that professional artists reach some of our most vulnerable populations in hospital schools and senior communities…
✨To ensure that professional artists can reach the next generation of creative leaders for social change and innovation…
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