Monthly Archives: June 2012

Remembering LeRoy Neiman

World renowned artist, LeRoy Neiman, was best known for his brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images of sporting events and leisure activities. We knew him for his generosity, his passion for sharing the arts with the next generation, and for his commitment to supporting service in the arts within urban communities across America. It has been through Mr. Neiman’s extraordinary vision and on-going support that Arts Horizons was able to open the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem, providing children, schools, service organizations and the community-at-large with free and affordable visual arts programming and exhibition opportunities. Words cannot express our gratitude and affection towards him for making the LeRoy Neiman Art Center a reality and for continuing to nurture it so it could become a wonderful place where beautiful art is created within the Harlem Community. Mr. Neiman was not only a generous man, but a warm and caring spirit who brought his passion for creating art to everyone who knew him. We are deeply saddened by this loss, but honored to continue his legacy through the creative, cross-generational work we are doing here at the Neiman Center. Please join us in remembering and celebrating his life, everyday!

Marline Martin
Director, Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center

5th Grade Students React to Dance Around the World

On May 18th, Joyce Kilmer School in Mahwah, NJ invited Dance Around the World to their school for International Day.  After the assembly performance, some 5th grade students were asked to share their reactions with us.  Wish we could share them all with you but see what a few had to say below.

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“The most important this was learning new dances and different cultures.”

“They were lively”

“I think that the most important thing presented in the program was the fact that countries and cultures around the world have different types of dances and uses for it.”

“My favorite parts of the show was when we could dance and when the teachers danced.”

“I like learning cultures from around the world and dance is a big part of culture.”

“My favorite part of the assembly was when kids selected by the teachers got to go on stage. The whole auditorium had a good time.”

“The performers were dancers and they danced many beautiful dances and did an amazing job doing it. They also made it fun for everyone.”

“I learned a Russian dance!”

We Are All Artists of Some Sort

SHFT is a multi-media platform founded by film producer Peter Glatzer and actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier. SHFT’s mission is to convey a more sustainable approach to the way we live through video, design, art and culture. [SOURCE]

Arts Horizons assembly and teaching artist Greg Vande Hey was interviewed for SHFT’s Gardens NYC video series.  In the video Greg admits that he doesn’t paint as much as he used to because of his two young children but gardening has become his canvas.

Towards the end of the video Greg mentions that “every single person is an artist of some sort,” which is a statement that we completely agree with.  We are all more then capable of creating.  Most of the time, we are thinking creatively and using artistic skills without even being aware of it.  There is an artist inside of each and everyone of us.  Own it!

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