Summer Arts in Swing in New Jersey
The New Jersey department had a full summer with programs in Newark, Palisades Park, and Union City. We continued our relationship with the Newark Board of Education (NBOE) SummerPlus program. Since the inception of the summer program in 2013, Arts Horizons (AH) has served as one of the community partners by bringing art enrichment programming to Newark public school students in K-7th grades. Taught by our talented Teaching Artists, we offer a variety of workshops in visual arts, music, dance, and theater. This summer was no different. After last summer’s completely virtual format, we took what we learned from that experience and were able to bring a more fulfilling experience for those classes that continued a virtual format. There were a couple of workshops that were in-person, but most of them were virtual.
NBOE SummerPlus gives students access to creative and engaging summer learning programs that increase college and career readiness, narrow the achievement gap, promote attendance and engagement, involve families as partners, and encourage health and fitness. The overall goal is to make summer learning an essential strategy for improving student outcomes.
This goal is accomplished through the NBOE SummerPlus model, which emphasizes a blended approach of academic learning, youth development, and enrichment activities through teaching that relies more heavily on interactive, hands-on projects for all students. In addition, the program design ensures the seamless integration of students in all activities and experiences.
We are pleased to be amongst the team of arts partners to provide meaningful arts enrichment to bring positive impacts for Newark Youth. Through our years of experience and knowledge of working with all students and situations, we have assisted NBOE SummerPlus in achieving its goal. This year, in partnership with the ELT managers and AH teaching artists, we offered close to 30 workshops throughout five Newark public schools – Elliott Street School, Rafael Hernandez Elementary School, Belmont Runyon School, Mount Vernon School, and Wilson Avenue School. Teaching Artists included Michele Baldwin, who taught Wearable Art, Mask Making, Improv, Vision Boards, and Recycle Me Art, Will Simon taught Composing & Recording, Lady Rose led her Sing – Rap and Read workshop, and Jahlil Shabazz conducted Hip Hop Dance Machine and African Drumming.
In addition to Newark, we also provided more than 80 one-hour workshops to two schools in Palisades Park – the Charles R. Smith Early Childhood Center and Lindbergh Elementary School, and several workshops to Colin Powell Elementary School and George Washington School in Union City. Thank you to our artists, partners and students for an educational, creative and active summer in the arts!
For more information , please contact Stephanie E. Bostic:
Stephanie E. Bostic
Program Manager of NJ Programs
201-567-1766 * 114