Monthly Archives: May 2013

In memory of Celeste Holm, Arts Horizons

In memory of Celeste Holm, Arts Horizons has established the Celeste Holm Arts for Children Fund. Every dollar raised through this fund will bring more arts programs to children – and not a moment too soon! The U.S. Department of Education reported in April 2012 that fewer public elementary schools are offering arts compared to a decade ago, a decline attributed to budget cuts. As Celeste Holm used to say, “If the government can’t do it, then we must.”
Help Arts Horizons get it done in Celeste’s Memory. Donations of $100.00 will receive a CD “Memories of Oklahoma! http://ow.ly/lwibbCD graphic 1

In Memory of our Beloved Chairman, Celeste Holm

Last summer, the world lost a legend. Celeste Holm, Oscar-winning star of stage and screen, passed away at the age of 95.  One of her passions was to ensure that children’s lives were transformed through the arts, and for 17 years she served as the Chairman of Arts Horizons.  Celeste was always proud to tell her friends and audiences that we have brought arts programming to over eight million children over the past 35 years.

In Celeste’s memory, and as a legacy to her remarkable spirit and achievement, we have established The Celeste Holm Memorial Fund.  Her devotion to our work was only a small part of Celeste’s lifelong dedication to all of the arts, and she had a personal commitment to empower children to reach their potential through the arts.  In her own words, “Through the arts we are reminded of what a gift it is to be human … an educated mind without an educated heart is no education at all.” Yet the U.S. Department of Education reported last April, “fewer public schools are offering arts compared to a decade ago,” a decline attributed mainly to budget cuts.  Celeste’s response was, “If the government can’t do it, then we must.”

Celeste knew that Arts Horizons’ programs contributed to improved academic performance by making learning challenging and stimulating, teaching creativity, discipline and teamwork, giving kids a reason to stay in school and off the streets and promoting self esteem.  She was with us in classrooms and workshops, cajoled funders, lobbied legislators and encouraged our staff and her fellow directors by example.  We invite you to join us in celebrating the memory of our extraordinary friend by supporting The Celeste Holm Memorial Fund.  

Every dollar you contribute to the fund will directly bring more arts programming into the lives of more children.  Thanks to Frank Basile, Celeste’s loving husband, donors of $100 or more will receive a CD of Celeste’s remarkable recording of “Memories of Oklahoma.”  This CD features Celeste as you’ve never heard her before.

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To donate to the Celeste Holm Memorial Fund, please visit www.artshorizons.org/celesteholm.

 

Arts Horizons Programs Benefit Many Englewood Agencies

Arts Horizons, a premier arts-in-education organization located in Englewood, NJ partners with several Community and School based organizations in our community. Working with professional, highly qualified teaching artists who are masters in their field, Arts Horizons provides workshops in the Visual and Performing Arts to both in school and after school programs.

With a grant funded by the Englewood Municipal Alliance Arts Horizons partnered with the Liz Corsini, Director of the ZONE at Dwight Morrow High School and the Janis E. Dismus Middle School to provide incoming freshmen with an in school assembly and a series of follow up summer workshops focusing on the theme of drug and alcohol prevention, conflict resolution and peer pressure. Through the Visual Art and Beat Boxing workshops, with teaching artist Yako Prodis, student participants were able to express themselves and their thoughts on peer pressure and drug and alcohol prevention through their art work and the music they created in the workshops.

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Yako working with students

Each summer Arts Horizons works closely with the Englewood Youth Librarian, Lynn Kaminski, to enhance the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Englewood Library with arts workshops. Funded by a grant from the Community Chest of Englewood, Tenafly and Englewood Cliffs, Arts Horizons provides teaching artists to conduct a series of visual art and music workshops. Teaching artist Mansa Mussa brings Wearable African Art to the participants, introducing them to the symbolism behind each item used to make the jewelry. Ritika Gandhi instructs the participants on the ancient art of salt resist painting using silk and fabric dyes to create an individual piece of art. Latin rhythms are brought to life as musician Hector Morales leads the participants in the Latin percussion workshops.

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Arts Horizons worked with the Edward Choi at the Bergen Family Center to provide an after school Visual Art residency to the students at Janis Dismus Middle School as part of their after school program. The “Urban Illustration” workshops led by teaching artist Aaron Lazansky, introduced students to graphic design and illustration through the creation of a “Drop Book”. Students created their own art work focusing on contemporary character design using techniques such a graphic design, topography and illustration expressing themselves through the arts using popular youth culture. Each Student then assembled their individual art work into a “Drop Book”.
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A generous grant from the Englewood Rotary Club makes it possible for Arts Horizons to offer The Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living a series of Visual Art and Creative Movement workshops for its seniors. The hands on Visual Art workshops instructed by Mansa Mussa introduce senior participants to photography, graphic design and collage while demonstrating various concepts and techniques.  The Creative Movement workshops led by master dancer and choreographer, Yahaya Kamate, are appropriate for all seniors who enjoy innovative exercise and dance.

Please contact Michele Renaud at michele@artshorizons.org or 201.567.1766  x114 to book your program today!

The Spring Music Recital was a proud night

The Spring Music Recital was a proud night for K-3 scholars, educators, families and artists at Cultural Arts Academy Charter School at Spring Creek, Brooklyn, NY.  Arts Horizons is honored to work with this strong team under the leadership of Principal Midgette and Dean Hoard.  The supportive audience, collaborative staff effort and students’ showcase of talents exemplified the school’s mission for standards-based arts education program that promotes superior scholarship and strong cultural arts proficiency.

The April 30, 2013 evening showcased a lively step show under CAACS Professor Jones, Recorder and Piano performance under Arts Horizons Professor Kiah, Violin performance under Noel Pointer Foundation Professor Jones, and a lively dance performance under CAACS Professor Brooks.  The scholars showed exceptional focus, enthusiasm and aptitude for the arts to a packed audience of family, friends and community members.  The evening was further amplified by performances by all the adult educators to highlight their art expertise and the caliber of opportunities presented to the scholars.

Arts Horizons is proud to be part of the 2013 CAACS community and excitedly awaits the Spring Visual Art show!

Contact Dena Malarek for more information, dena@artshorizons.org

Scholars practicing musical selections in Keyboard Class.

Scholars practicing musical selections in Keyboard Class.

Full Chorus of CAA scholars during the grand finale, proudly singing ‘Lean on Me,’ under the direction of Arts Horizons Professor Kiah.

Full Chorus of CAA scholars during the grand finale, proudly singing ‘Lean on Me,’ under the direction of Arts Horizons Professor Kiah.

 A Jazz collaboration of Arts Horizons professor Tim Kiah on Upright Bass and vocals, Noel Pointer Foundation Professor Jamaal  Jones on violin, and  Professor Lamar Robinson on drum set.

A Jazz collaboration of Arts Horizons professor Tim Kiah on Upright Bass and vocals, Noel Pointer Foundation Professor Jamaal Jones on violin, and Professor Lamar Robinson on drum set.

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