Spotlight: Arts for ELL+SWD @ JHS 143M
We are thrilled that spring is finally here, but the warm weather and incredible beauty of blossoming trees and flowers are constant reminders that the end of the school year is just around the corner! Before we close out this year, we will be spotlighting some of our spring arts education residencies conducted by our amazing teaching artists. We start with a theater residency at JHS 143M in Manhattan, our new partner school through the NYC DOE’s Arts for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities (ELL+SWD) grant. A list of all of our “Arts for ELL+SWD” partner schools for this academic year can be found here.
Theater is an integral part of our comprehensive arts education programs for literacy development and socio-emotional growth. Our theater residencies emphasize story development, role playing, and character development to bolster literacy and specialized goals in socialization and communication. In addition, they address topics of relevance through improvisation, role playing, stage presence, and character building.
A multifaceted performing artist specializing in theater, burlesque, and dance, AH teaching artist Dawn Crandell has just finished a robust theater residency for middle school students at JHS 143M. Earlier in January, AH program coordinator Kiran Rajagopalan visited Dawn’s highly engaging classes. Let’s take a quick peek!
Students participating in a small skit about sadness
Dawn carefully selected a few well-known theater icebreakers, group exercises, and skit scenarios that enabled students of all backgrounds to participate and worked well with each class’s interests. The final performance comprised of activities which classes had favored or excelled at throughout the residency. For example, Dawn’s first class responded very favorably to the classic elimination game “Zip, Zap, Zop.” This theater exercise is designed to sharpen student’s listening skills by having each student call out either “zip,” “zap,” or “zop” in rapid fire succession. On the other hand, Dawn’s second class was particularly responsive to the more physically demanding “Pirate Ship” activity. Students had to quickly “walk the plank,” “jump over logs,” “duck under the sail,” and “create waves” in response to different hand and body movement cues performed by Dawn.
The circle shrinks in Zip! Zap! Zop!
We would like to thank Ms. Patricia Gil (Assistant Principal) and all of the faculty and staff at JHS 143M for their incredible support and for so warmly welcoming us into their programs. We hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership for years to come! Stay tuned for the next spotlight on our early childhood arts programs…
It is never too early to start planning for next year with Arts Horizons! Applications for next year’s Arts for ELL+SWD and Arts for Family Engagement grants are expected to open soon with an anticipated deadline in early June. For further information on applying with Arts Horizons as a partner, please contact Dena Malarek or Kiran Rajagopalan.
Department of NYC Residencies & Special Populations
Dena Malarek, Director
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 108
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 108
Kiran Rajagopalan, Program Coordinator
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 113
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 113