Monthly Archives: January 2017

New Addition to the AH Team: Kiran Rajagopalan

Arts Horizons is pleased to welcome Mr. Kiran Rajagopalan to our team as the Program Coordinator for the NYC Residencies and Special Populations Department.

img_20160609_213047
Kiran in his Professional Avatar
Photo By:  J. Wesley Beeks

Kiran is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, writer, and educator.  Trained extensively in Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) for over 25 years, Kiran has given many acclaimed performances in India, Indonesia, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States.  While living in India from 2007-2014, he organized free dance workshops and performances for underprivileged students in government (public) schools throughout the country.  After returning to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in Performance Studies at NYU, he became a teaching artist in the New York public school system and conducted residencies for 3-8th graders which seamlessly integrate poetry, science, and/or reading comprehension with Bharatanatyam.  He joined Arts Horizons in December 2016 as a program coordinator, and he serves as a liaison between the administrative team in the New Jersey office and the teaching artists and site coordinators for residencies in New York.  He also conducts site visits to assess and evaluate residencies.

Aside from his work in arts education, Kiran regularly conducts workshops, lectures, and demonstrations on Indian classical dance and science.  His “NeuroArt” talks on aesthetics, performance, and neuroscience have been particularly appreciated.  In addition, he is the founder and artistic director of Daya Arts which promotes Bharatanatyam through artist-to-artist collaborations and small ensemble work.  In 2016, he co-founded No Rest in the Kingdom as an initiative to facilitate new conversations between disparate communities of color on issues of gender, race, class, & colonialism in the arts.

kiran-1Kiran in his Dancer Avatar
Photo By:  Santhosh Raj

Advertisements

#ARTSEDNOW

Arts Horizons supports the movement to advocate for Arts Education in our communities!! Active creative learning is good for all students!

Pictured Left: Arts Horizons thanks Mr. Delroy Lindo – Actor and Theater Director for his support of the arts!!!

Pictured Right: Arts Horizons thanks  ” The Good Wife ‘s ” Cush Jumbo — soon to be featured in the show’s spinoff “The Good Fight” on CBS. “Yesterday an Arts Student Today…..an ART MAKER.”

 

 

Arts Horizons teaching artists and assembly performers stand proud as former arts students and active artists!  Thank you Wincey, Yako, Ken and Baba for your work as artists, educators and mentors to our youth!


 

The NJ-based Arts Ed Now campaign officially launched on September 12, 2016 during national Arts Ed Week – with advocates featuring the initiative at local and statewide levels all week long.  Spurred by the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership (NJAEP), NJ State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Americans for the Arts, Arts Ed Now is a multi-year campaign designed to increase participation in arts education in schools across New Jersey.

To achieve better results, the campaign set the following goals by year 2020:

  • All NJ students will have access to arts education
  • Increase the number of schools providing more than two art forms
  • Increase arts participation in elementary and middle schools to 100%
  • Increase participation in high schools to 60%
  • Increase school engagement with community resources
  • Develop a statewide network of local stakeholders

– See more at: http://artsednow.org/arts-ed-now-launches-sept-12-2016/#more-6113

%d bloggers like this: