Spotlight: Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead with Best Buy

Arts Horizons is pleased to announce the second post of a series in which we spotlight some of our early childhood and grant-based programs. This week’s post will be on our S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) program at Union Settlement, one of our longtime partners in the arts. S.T.E.A.M. is currently at the forefront of integrated learning in primary education, and it has been an area of active expansion for Arts Horizons over the past decade. Our digital technology programs in photography and music are curriculum-based and aligned to state and national learning standards in the arts.

Last winter, AH teaching artist Aaron “SpazeCraft” Lazansky-Olivas conducted a music technology residency after school program at Union Settlement. Aaron is a multifaceted artist whose work in Hip Hop education spans from visual arts to digital music production and media arts. His music technology program was funded through a generous Community Grant from the Best Buy Foundation to Arts Horizons New York (AHNY) – our Harlem-based branch. These grants are awarded to community-based organizations in partnership with local Best Buy stores in order to support youth programs that provide access to new technologies, bolster digital learning, and create awareness of careers technology-related fields.


Aaron’s music production residency at PS 7, one of Union Settlement’s active after school program sites in Harlem, explored the science of sound and the fundamentals of Sound Design. He taught middle school students to sequence beat patterns and create instrumentation using a modular synthesizer. They were tasked with creating complex polyrhythmic phrases from a variety digital sources including:  drum machines, synthesizer, voice, ambient sounds, and samples. Aaron even discussed how Sound Design had tangible applications not only in music production but also in video games, movies, animation, and theater.

We thank Union Settlement site director Deon Whitter and his staff for welcoming us back into PS 7 and for their support in making Aaron’s music technology residency a resounding success. Check out some of the amazing audio tracks that he has created with his students below!

It is never too early to start planning for next year with Arts Horizons! We offer high-quality arts education programs for a wide range of age groups ranging from early childhood to senior citizens and in a variety of artistic mediums including:  Visual Arts, Dance, Theater, Music, and New Media Technology. For further information, please contact Dena Isles or Kiran Rajagopalan.

Department of NYC Residencies & Special Populations

Dena Isles, 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

About Arts Horizons

Arts Horizons is a premier not-for-profit arts-in-education organization that provides live professional performances and artist-in-residence programs to students and professional development for teachers throughout the entire tri-state region. Our commitment is to make music, art, dance, theatre, new media and creative writing an integral part not only of learning, but of life. Through the transformative impact of the arts, we reach young people through many dimensions, breaking down the barriers of language and culture, accelerating personal growth, and stimulating children’s full potential to prepare them for life in the twenty-first century.

Posted on August 26, 2019, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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