Monthly Archives: April 2011

Boyertown Art Advocacy

Art programs in schools are being cut all over the country, and if they haven’t been already – it seems it may be only a matter of time.  While this is the grim reality, so many organizations, schools, artists and advocates have come together to rally and get the message out of the importance of the arts.  This energy is sweeping into our lives and our inboxes, with messages fighting back, and rising above the adversity – getting to the core – that ARTS EDUCATION is ESSENTIAL for all. Art advocates have embraced Facebook and Twitter to build strong campaigns and YouTube is no exception.

Students at Boyertown High School in Pennsylvania created a video to show the School Board Finance Committee the importance of the arts, and the resonant impact it has on their students both as individuals and as a collective.  The goal of this video was to STOP the Boyertown High School School Board Finance Committee from cutting their art programs.  Thier video made it to YouTube, and we are thankful it did.  The students at Boyertown High School have social media to carry their message on. What are you doing to advocate for the arts in YOUR community!?

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Poem In Your Pocket Day: The Color Spectrum Mantra

April is National Poetry Month and to honor it the City of New York sponsors an annual Poem In Your Pocket Day (April 14th). Click Here for the history and more information on Poem In Your Pocket Day.

The Color Spectrum Mantra by SEAA teaching artsit, Mansa K. Mussa and Arthur T. Wilson, is the perfect poem to help us celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day.  Read the Color Spectrum below.

THE COLOR SPECTRUM

I AM A COLLAGE

ALL MY COLORS MAKE ME SING,

RED, YELLOW, BLUE, and GREEN

I AM WHAT THE RAINBOW EARTH BREATHES,

SUMMER, WINTER, SPRING

MY DREAMS

MY FAMILY,

AND MY COMMUNITY.

I AM A COLLAGE

I AM ALIVE!

AND SUCCESS COLORS MY IDENTITY!

 

Arts Horizons’ Theater & Visual Arts Team

2011

Mr. Mansa K. Mussa
Mr. Arthur T. Wilson

AH Artist Spotlight: Mansa K. Mussa

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Mansa K. Mussa is a visual and performing artist, arts’ consultant, art’s educator and Arts Horizons teaching artist.  A Newark, NJ native, Mussa earned a BA in Media Arts/Television Production from New Jersey City  University. Traveling  extensively in the United States, Cuba, West Africa, South Africa, Paris and the Caribbean, Mussa has had the opportunity to document human movement and events.

Some of his work includes:  The Art of Dance; Cuba Diary: A Glimpse Inside the Hidden Republic; Eyewitness: The New South Africa; Ghana: An African Portrait; Pieces of a Dream/Nu Collage; and the historic Newark, A Day In the City Photo-Documentary. His art, photography and collage work has been featured in exhibits, print media, calendars, brochures and more.

Among his impressive body of work, he has worked with numerous students as an AH teaching artist. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “I love to teach because I love to learn.” said Manssa as he reflects on a summer residency. He continues, “Each opportunity gives me the chance to explore, to grow and to experience something a little different.” During a summer residency at Englewood Public Library, Manssa and students worked on a combination of portrait photography, mask-making, and collage.  Some of the collage work can be found below

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Mansa Mussa’s next project is A Day in the Township Photo-Documentary. Mussa is apart of the West Orange Arts Council and in keeping with their mission to “cultivate the arts within our community,” the Council proposes a photo-documentary featuring face and places of the township during a twenty-four hour day in the fall of 2011. The concept is based on two similar projects; The Day in the Life of America and  Newark: A Day in the City, both photo-documentary projects.

The project will utilize twenty-five local photographers to document community events, activities in the business sector, public and private schools, restaurants, hotels, parks and recreational facilities, houses of worships, historical sites, arts’ institutions and the township’s municipal departments. This sounds like another innovative project from Mansa Mussa. We here at Arts Horizons are excited to see the finished project.

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