Monthly Archives: January 2012

AIE West Caldwell Graphic Arts Residency

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For the third annual “Student to Student Mentoring” program, mentors from James Caldwell High School were paired up with students from Washington Elementary School. This year, the program promotes literacy within the district by pairing 21 special education high school students with 28 special education elementary students for a letter writing campaign and a shared interest in reading.

In addition to this year’s new literacy theme, the program was steered in a fun creative direction. Sponsored by the Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation, the program’s expansion allowed the student mentors to write children’s books that were later illustrated by students enrolled in the James Caldwell High School’s computer graphics classes. The classes were led by art teacher, Mea Amacher with support from resident artist, writer and illustrator, Irene Kelly.

An Artist -in-Education (AIE) grant funded the book project and was secured by Robin Keil, the program’s advisor and special education teacher and Amacher. The AIE program is carried out through a partnership between the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the national Endowment for the Arts, and a consortium made up of Arts Horizons and Young Audiences New Jersey.

The finished children’s books will be on display at the Caldwell Public Library in March 2012.

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Arts Horizons Community Night at Blue Moon

On January 17th don’t just eat. Eat for a cause at Blue Moon Mexican Cafe! Arts Horizons will be a hosting a community night at their Englewood location. Gather your co-workers for lunch or bring your friends and family for dinner. Whoever you choose to dine with that day, 20% of your bill (excluding tax and gratuity) will be donated to Arts Horizons when you present the community night flyer. We at Arts Horizons appreciate your support and in return we promise a fun dinning experience, great food and prizes.

Don’t forget to print and bring the flyer with you. See you there!

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe
23 E Palisade Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631

11:30am – 11:00pm

Lunch, Dinner, Take-Out & Delivery
Applies to Catering & Gift Card Sales

Through the Eyes of an Artist: Richard Frank

We had a great time doing our Blues Rock Connection program at PS 129 in the Bronx yesterday.  The school is lucky enough to have a music program and a great music teacher in Dennis McCumber.

When I asked them questions about the instruments, they had all the answers right off the bat and when they clapped along, they were right on the beat!

That area of the Bronx has a large hispanic population, and they went wild when we did our “La Bamba/Tequila” medley.  Surprisingly, the second group were big Elvis fans and sang along on “Hound Dog”. The students seemed very interested in the social aspect of how the blues started and how the music led to so much social change in this country.  And, of course, “I Feel Good” at the end had ’em rockin’ in their seats and dancing their way to the next class.

So grateful to be able to put my lifetime of playing this music to such a valuable purpose.

Richard Frank
Blues Rock Connection

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