Monthly Archives: July 2012

NY1 Features Arts Horizons Englewood Public Library Summer Art and Reading Program!

Arts Horizons in the news for its Summer Arts and Reading Program at the Englewood Public Library funded by the Community Chest of Englewood, Tenafly and Englewood Cliffs.

“Even though school is out, kids still have a chance to learn this summer thanks to a special reading program at the Englewood Public Library.” [SOURCE]

Click the link below to see a visual and catch Arts Horizons teaching artist Mansa Mussa in action!


In Remembrance of Celeste Holm

Celeste Holm, Arts Horizons ‘ beloved Chairman for fifteen years and most recently our Chairman Emeritus, passed away peacefully at her Central Park West apartment last Sunday. The Academy-award winning actress of stage and screen was best known for her creation of the role of “Ado Annie” in the original Broadway production of “Oklahoma” and her Oscar-winning performance in “Gentleman’s Agreement,” with Gregory Peck.

One of Ms. Holm’s most popular roles was the Fairy Godmother in the TV production of “Cinderella”. And she was indeed Arts Horizons’ Fairy Godmother. She was the core of our organization and our shining star. Since 1995, and more recently with the help of her husband Frank Basile, she has supported us in ways too numerous to mention. We shall miss her tremendously – her laughing eyes, her wonderful smile
and her incredibly generous heart.

Her deep love and passion for the arts will continue to inspire young people for generations to come. Donations to Arts Horizons may be made in her memory, to celebrate her life and her commitment to arts education.

In memory of Ms. Holm, the marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed on Wednesday, July 18th, at exactly 8:00 p.m. for one minute.

Celeste Holm Photo Retrospective – on YouTube

Arts Horizons at Central Astoria’s FREE Summer Fun Children’s Series

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition proudly presents their Annual Summer Fun Children’s Series with performances from five of Arts Horizons assembly groups.

Carambu, one of our dynamic groups of musicians and dancers kicked off the summer series and a different group will follow every Wednesday morning for the next month.

The FREE  Summer Fun Children’s Series was designed to entertain and educate children and families alike. Please see the performance schedule below. Feel free to stop by one of the locations and enjoy a performance. If you really enjoy the performance, we can bring it to your child’s school!

Athens Square Park @ 10:30am
30th Avenue and 30th Street
July 11th  – Carambu
July 25th  – African Brazilian Carnival


Dutch Kills Playground @ 10:30am
36th Avenue and Crescent Street

July 18th
  Festival Brass
August 1st
Museum of Interesting Things
August 8th
Peter & The Wolf

You’re Invited to a Baseball Hitting Fundraiser and All-Star Celebration!

Arts Horizons is grateful to participate with the Stahl Organization and The Baseball Center NYC for their 22nd charity fundraising baseball hitting tournament.  This exciting event will support Arts Horizons programs for Hospital Schools.  Our partnership with Hospital Schools is an exciting and unique collaboration that merges arts, health care and special education. By bringing professional artists into hospitals, we are helping patients at a critical time by sparking creativity, and supporting learning and healing.

A special thank you to teaching artist Tira Bluestone for her brilliant work with the students and for arranging this exciting opportunity

The Stahl Organization invites you to participate in our 22nd charity fundraising, baseball hitting tournament[1].  Join our All-Star celebration (yes, there will be free food and drinks while you watch the MLB All-Star Game on big screen televisions while you are not hitting), come test your hitting skills, and help raise money for Arts Horizons[2].

Where:  The Baseball Center NYC, 202 West 74th Street [Broadway] in the Apple Bank Building

When: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 [MLB All-Star Game Night], 7:00 PM batting practice followed by tournament from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

 Rules:  5 man corporate hitting teams are scored on their hitting prowess against the ProBatter[3] pitching machine.

5 woman corporate teams hit softballs instead of baseballs.  Ringers are allowed (try to keep it down to no more than 3 ringers per team), but men dressed in drag cannot compete as women in the softball competition.  If you cannot find your own ringers, we will try to have some ringers and free agents for hire for a modest additional, tax deductible sum of $200 per ringer.  [Yes, this a shameless way of trying to buy the first place trophy, but it is a solid alternative to actually getting in the cage and taking some batting practice in the next few weeks, or trying to tap the Free Agent market at this late date.]   Team uniforms are optional.  Sneakers only in the batting cages.  Please, no alcohol, steroids, performance enhancing drugs, etc.

 Entry Fee and Registration:   $500 per team.  You can enter separate men’s and women’s teams, and/ or more than one team in each category.  Make checks payable to “Arts Horizons”.  100% of all fees are tax deductible.

R.S.V.P. to The Baseball Center NYC 212-362-0344 no later than Friday, July 6th.

Entry fees are due prior to the start of the event.

RSVP information as above. For any questions please contact Dena Malarek, Director NYC Residencies and Special Populations via email,

[1]    If your company hasn’t won one of these yet I suggest you study the “ringer rules” carefully.

[2]    Founded in 1978, Arts Horizons provides professional performances to students, professional development for teachers, and music and art programs to special needs children and hospitals.  For more information go to

[3]   The most sophisticated pitching machine in the world, a lifelike pitcher throws 8 different pitches at speeds ranging from 70 to 100 mph.  Not to worry, we will not use the slider or curveball, or throw inside.

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