Monthly Archives: April 2014

Arts Horizons Featured at Monmouth Festival of the Arts Symposium for Educators

Arts Educators who teach at every level, from kindergarten through high school, attended the Monmouth Festival of the Arts 18th Annual Educators Symposium on April 7, 2014, held at the Middletown Arts Center in Middletown, NJ. A 2010 winner of the Governor’s Award in Arts Education, the symposium is part of the Monmouth Arts Festival’s commitment to promoting the highest standards in art education and to furthering the professional development of arts educators.

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Jenifer Simon, Arts Horizons Interim Co-Executive Director, and Teaching Artist Molly Gaston Johnson delivered the keynote address for the event with an exciting presentation that highlighted their collaborative project, “Table Talk” funded by the New Jersey Recovery Fund. Jenifer and Molly discussed how the project engaged communities in civic discourse and healing in the wake of Hurricane Sandy by placing collaboratively designed,  handmade tables throughout Asbury Park, NJ for public use.  The audience of creative arts educators then brainstormed ideas on how they could adapt the Table Talk concept in their school or classroom. Check out www.njtabletalk.org for more information!

After the keynote, participants attended a variety of workshops throughout the day led by several Arts Horizons Teaching Artists, including:

Yako Prodis, a Brooklyn based teaching artist who taught participants about    the art form of Graffiti and the scope of its influence. Participants practiced lettering styles, characters, and visual concepts of Graffiti.

Cathy Lecleire, aTi Instructor, gave a workshop on pop-up books, teaching the basic structures of pop-ups through a variety of constructions.  Cathy will be teaching Book Arts at aTi-North and South this summer.   Register for one of her classes and check out all the others offered at this summer’s Artist/Teacher Institute!

Molly Johnson showed participants how to bring silk screening into the classroom through low-tech silkscreen techniques using screen filler for stenciling and embroidery hoops to stretch the screen.

aTi Instructor Ken Leap gave a hands-on workshop about the world of glass, providing information about adding glass techniques to the art curriculum. Participants learned how to repurpose their old ceramic or enameling kiln to fire glass paints and make exciting fused glass projects.

Thanks to Gayle Horvath for including Arts Horizons in this fantastic event! For more information on how you can bring a professional development workshop to your school, contact Jenifer Simon at jenifer@artshorizons.org. 

Arts Horizons at Face To Face 2014

Arts Horizons was excited to attend the 2014 NYC Arts In Education Roundtables’ Face to Face Conference 2014.   Set in the beautiful backdrop of The City College of New York’s, Shepard hall, the program presented a robust array of quality sessions for all stakeholders in the arts-in-education community.   The day and the issues of arts education were broadcasted in live time through a constant social media connection on twitter, facebook and more further spreading the voice in the power of the arts.

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The engaged presence of key NYC educational and political figures fueled a very hopeful climate for the NYC arts community.  Just a month after Schools’ Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s breakfast with the Arts community, she delivered the keynote address to the 500 persons registered at Face to Face.  Farina energetically makes the case for theater programs in all middle schools for students to have the opportunity to envision and create what they can become.  She advocates for the arts to have a key role in the new social studies curriculum; the role of the arts and illustrations in book publishing in schools; the roll of the arts in our Community and Technical schools.  Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President followed Chancellor Farina with live energy for support of the arts and a plea to involve our communities school leadership teams and community boards.

 

With the recent release from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, he pledged to establish a 4 year goal to make sure every child receives arts education required by state law.  (http://blog.artsusa.org/2014/02/26/a-new-era-for-arts-in-new-york-city-schools/#sthash.tLqBMH64.dpuf) (http://www.billdeblasio.com/issues/education) Doug Israel, Director of Research and Policy with the Center for Arts Education discussed the recent release of the report released April 7th by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer. This report provides a first-ever school-by-school breakdown of the state of arts education in the public schools, and overlays that information against the data on the city’s economic landscape. – See more at: http://comptroller.nyc.gov/reports/state-of-the-arts/#sthash.3DN0w6ps.dpuf

 

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Arts Horizons is energized to be part of this vibrant community to share, learn and advance the community of arts-in-education in NYC.  For more information contact Dena Malarek, dena@artshorizons.org

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