Monthly Archives: August 2012

BlackBall On Exhibit Now At The Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center

BLACKBALL: Illuminating Negro Leagues Baseball opens on August 27, extending through September 27th, at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem. Organized by the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center in partnership with the Harlem Historical Society and the Harlem Black Yankees, and sponsored by Abyssinian Development Corporation, the exhibition includes paintings, fiber art, sculpture, giclée prints and digital renderings created by a selection of emerging and established artists dedicated to sports, storytelling and history.

Participating artists are from New York, New Jersey, Detroit and California and include Donald “Sunn” Anderson, Lou Grant, Charles Hearn, Rod Ivey, LeRoy Neiman, Kadir Nelson, George Preston, Sherry Shine and Grace Y. Williams. Local artisans have also been specially commissioned to create NLB-inspired collectibles, which will be presented at the reception and remain on display for the duration of the exhibit.

Reception: Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 5:30-8:30pm at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center, 2785 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (near 148th Street).

Other special events include free family NLB films and workshops on Saturdays, September 8, 15 and 22. Please contact the Neiman Art Center for more details.

 The LeRoy Neiman Art Center 
2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard near 148th Street or call us at 212.862.ARTS


Art and Technology Programs with The Williamsburg Magnet School for Communication and Multimedia Arts

Our collaboration with Public School 250K supports the school’s initiative to expand student learning through creative technologies and merges academics, new media technology and the arts. Our 2011-2012 program was designed for early Childhood Students, Kindergarten through Grade 2, to offer a sequential introduction to technology that matches student development and academic learning. By introducing technology in the school, students and teachers expand resources to augment learning, give new forums for creatively exploring our school themes to prepare the school community to be creative innovators in the 21st century. We thank the school administrator, teachers, staff and students for your creativity, support, and enthusiasm during our 20122-2012 programs!

Kindergarten – Digital Photography
“Our Community”

Teaching Artist: Lauren Rutten

Five, Kindergarten Classes participated in a 9 week program with teaching artist Lauren Rutten in Digital Photography. Students learned about the historical significance of cameras and the role of photographers to prepare their own study of photography while investigating the school community at 250K. using digital Cameras, students learned the basics of camera use while exploring framing, and selecting photographs to coney their community stories. Students created a final book to showcase their digital photography talents, skills and creativity.

1st Grade – Photo Storytelling
“Our Neighborhood Community”

Teaching Artist: Chelsea Manifold

Six, 1st Grade Classes participated in a 9 week program. Through the photo Storytelling residency, students expanded proficiency with digital camera use and computer laptops to explore how ‘movement’ can be achieved with still pictures. Classes conducted their photo investigation both in the classroom and out in the neighborhood community. Various elements of the community (buildings, landscapes, people, traffic) required students to utilize their understanding of the elements of taking a picture. The first grade students worked to select images that effectively communicate their stories and will showcase their learning and talents by creating a dynamic video montage of their efforts.

2nd Grade – Animation “Transportation”

Teaching Artist: Chelsea Manifold

Five, 2nd Grade Classes participated in a 9 week program in Animation. Using Stop Motion, webcams, computer laptops and animation software, students build further sophistication in media and technology literacy and learn to communicate their theme of transportation in an exciting and fun new medium. Each student becomes a ‘crew member’ and learns about production teams by participating as directors, computer operators, and animators in the creation of their animated video chapter. Each second grade class worked on a separate chapter of the overall film, depicting the theme of transportation including trolley cars, automobiles, motorcycles, bridges and trains. The final video showcases the efforts, new kills and talents of the second grade through video animation.

About The Teaching Artists

Lauren Rutten:
Lauren, a professional photographer since 1986 has an extensive portfolio career working in documentary, event and portrait photography. She received her Masters of Art at NYU & International Center of Photography. Her vast teaching experience ranges from early childhood through collegiate level instruction including working as the lead artist with CAYR (Arts Horizons Creative Alternatives for Youth at Risk) and NJ State Council on the Arts Artists in Education Grants. Lauren’s photography reflects her deep appreciation of everyday life and seeks to connect and inspire others through her art.

Chelsea Manifold:
Chelsea Manifold brings over eight year’s experience working in the entertainment industry and education fields. Her work in Stop Motion Animation has been sought after by clients including Sony, Comb-Over Productions, Motorola and is presented in feature movies, independents, commercials, television and stage. Chelsea has extensive teaching and curriculum development expertise in media literacy, digital media and video production. Her work experience spans students in elementary, middle, high schools, special education, college, and continuing education students. Chelsea strives to combine the highest level of professionalism with a joy of learning to produce superior quality work while working closely with students and clients alike.

For more information about this program contact Dena Malarek, Director of NYC Residencies and Special Populations at

Where They Are (When They’re Not in Your Schools) – D. Cross & Mansa Mussa

D. Cross @ The 2012 American Beatbox Championship

Arts Horizons teaching artist Derick Cross (D. Cross) will be hosting the third annual American Beatbox Championships in NYC this Saturday and Sunday. For time, location and ticket pricing, please check out

To get a taste of what you can expect from this weekend-long event, view the clip of last year’s champion below.

D. Cross is a visual & vocal artist and educator. As an Arts Educator Mr Cross has worked with young people from ages 4-21 for the past 20 years. Cross has participated in the Special Education Artist Academy and taught at Hospital School. 

Mansa K. Mussa @ “Dancing in the Key of Life” Opening Reception

Mansa K. Mussa, another one of our multifaceted teaching artist is showing at Les Malamut from August 2 – September 26. “Dancing in the Key of Life” is a solo exhibit that presents a collection of color digital photographs, collages, and shadow boxes expounding on the many facets of the dance universe.

The Les Malamut Art Gallery is located  at 1980 Morris Ave, Union, New Jersey 07083. A reception will be held on  Thursday, August 9, 6:00 – 8:00 PM to not only view this fascinating exhibit but to also meet the artist and dance aficionado behind the works.

Mansa K. Mussa is a visual and performing artist, arts educator, and arts consultant. He has taught photography to children, teenagers, and adults for the past twenty-six years. Mussa has participated in the Special Education Artist Academy and has taught at Hospital Schools. 

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